PLAR - Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition for Mature Students

How do I apply for PLAR?

  • Students are responsible for initiating the PLAR process.

  • To apply for PLAR, students:

  • Must be an active City Adult Learning Centre student in the quad when applying

  • Must be enrolled in or have completed ENG3C or ENG3U

  • Should have successfully completed one course at CALC

PLAR Application STEPS:

  1. Attend an information session – Sign Up Here OR View the online Information Slide Show

  2. Complete the online PLAR Application located in the Information Slide Show

  3. Submit supporting documents as in the picture below

  4. Send your supporting documents in ONE email as shown below

  5. A Guidance Counsellor will review your application and determine how many credits you qualify for. You will receive notification of your PLAR assessment via your TDSB email.


  • In the subject line write PLAR, your name, and your student number (see example above)

  • Give your supporting documents/photos/scans a title (see above)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is PLAR for Mature Students?

  • PLAR is the process by which you can obtain credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma for education, training and/or work experience that you have acquired OUTSIDE of the Ontario secondary school system.

Who is a Mature Student?

A Mature Student is a student who:

  • is at least 18 years old on or before December 31 of the school year;

  • is enrolled in a secondary school credit program for the purpose of obtaining an OSSD

  • has been out of school for a period of at least one academic school year before returning as a mature student

How many credits can I obtain through PLAR?

  • up to a maximum of 16 grade 9/10 equivalent credits, and

  • up to a maximum of 10 grade 11/12 credits through the equivalency process.

How are credits granted through PLAR?

  • Your previous education, training, work experience, and volunteer experience will be compared to Ontario curriculum expectations of related courses for equivalency purposes, based on the information you submit in your application.

  • Grade 9 and 10 Geography and History credits may be granted with proof of educational documentation OR through assessment OR through courses in CANADIAN GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY.

Where do I get information on curriculum expectations?

Is there a fee?

  • No, there is no fee to applicants

How can I earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)?

  • You must have a minimum of 30 credits including 18 compulsory credits.

  • You must earn a minimum of 4 credits at the grade 11/12 level after returning to school as a mature student.

  • You must successfully complete all compulsory course requirements as determined by your equivalency evaluation. One of these must be ENG4U, ENG4C, or ENG4E. Your counsellor can help you choose the appropriate courses to meet diploma requirements.

  • You must successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O1). This may be one of your 4 credits at the grade 11/12 level.