Prior Learning Assessment
Many students have important 'prior learning' experiences. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at Seneca College measures and recognizes learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom, for example, through work experience, life experience, volunteering, self study and short work-related courses.
If you can demonstrate that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca subject, credit will be awarded. That will allow you to take only the subjects you really need to complete a certificate or diploma. In that way, PLA reduces the time required to finish a Seneca program.
At Seneca, prior learning is demonstrated for credit through a 'challenge' process.
Students identify Seneca subjects whose outcomes they can already meet and apply to complete a 'challenge'. A challenge process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples.
This process takes up to eight weeks.
Most Seneca subjects are available for challenge. A list of subjects available for challenge is available through the Faculty of Continuing Education & Training; subject outlines available through Seneca’s online calendars usually include information regarding PLA availability.
If you wish to participate in Prior Learning Assessment, contact Susan Savoie, Faculty of Continuing Education & Training.