Prior Learning Assessment
JIBC is committed to meeting the career development and learning needs of its unique and diverse student population. JIBC recognizes that valuable learning often results from work experience or learning outside of the traditional post-secondary system and that valid and reliable prior learning assessment and qualifications recognition can benefit students.
Students accepted into certificate, diploma, and degree programs at JIBC are required to complete at least 50% of the program at JIBC.
In cases where a student in a degree program is applying for both PLA and transfer credit and the combined total of possible credit exceeds 50%, the student may request an exemption to this policy through the Office of the Registrar. If an exemption is granted, at least 50% of upper level credits in a program must be completed at JIBC.
Students applying for PLA credits are required to complete and submit the Prior Learning Assessment Application form, with applicable fees, and arrange for the submission of supporting documents.
PLA assessment will not commence until all required fees have been received.
What is Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?
PLA expands the ways JIBC can recognize the experience students bring to their post-secondary education. It is an assessment process based on the belief that adults acquire knowledge and skills through life and work experiences that match what we teach in a specific course or program. Individuals who have acquired learning through non-formal education such as work experience, self study, volunteer activities, and other life experiences can be assessed and subsequently awarded credit for a course or toward a program at our institution.
How does JIBC grant credit for Prior Learning?
As a PLA candidate, you will gather and develop evidence to support your credit request. This evidence may include direct evidence such as responses to an oral exam, skill demonstrations, case studies and/or products you have developed. Evidence may also include indirect evidence such as non-credited certificates, letters of validation from employers, colleagues and/or clients, or special awards. Your evidence will be assessed by a faculty assessor who will recommend or deny credit. Credits obtained through PLA are recorded on your transcript.
What will PLA cost?
The cost of PLA is $120 per credit requested.
Are PLA credits accepted by other institutions?
Credits acquired through PLA are granted toward a JIBC credential only. We cannot guarantee transferability to any other institution. However, many of the colleges and universities in B.C., including our institution, are working together to develop provincial policies and standards.
Last updated November 3, 2017