PLAR for Mature Students

  • Have you been out of school for at least 10 consecutive months?
  • Are you interested in earning your high school diploma?
  • Do you want to earn credits based on life experience or prior learning? 

The PLAR process will allow you to be granted high school credits 
based on life experiences.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process through which mature students may obtain credits for prior learning.
The PLAR process for mature students involves:
  • individual assessment/equivalency (Gr. 9/10),
  • equivalency (Gr. 11/12)
There is no charge for mature students to participate in the PLAR process.
Who is a Mature Student?
A mature student 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 10 consecutive months before returning as an adult
Who can participate in PLAR?

Mature students who are new to the Ontario secondary school system as of February 1, 2004, and who are working towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) under OSS diploma requirements

Mature students who were enrolled as students in the Ontario secondary school system, and were placed in Grade 9 in 1999-2000 or later, Grade 10 in 2000-2001 or later, Grade 11 in 2001-2002 or later, or Grade 12 in 2002-2003 or later; and who return to school as mature students on February 1, 2004, or later to work towards the OSSD under OSS diploma requirements.

For more information on PLAR, please click here to view our PLAR Brochure.