The Board of Governors of the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) acknowledges the importance of the recognition of prior learning to the success of students in accomplishing their educational goals. However, recognition of prior learning from other sources for the purpose of granting credentials must balance the value of unique learning experiences with the value of portability and transferability.
The JIBC Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Policy is premised on the belief that PLAR provides a viable process for learners to bring forward and display knowledge and skills learned outside recognized post-secondary institutions. Where appropriate, credit may be awarded based on the learner’s skills, knowledge and professional values acquired through life experiences, work and independent study.
This policy applies to all JIBC certificates, diplomas and degrees.
Prior learning assessment is a systematic process that involves the identification, documentation, assessment and recognition of learning (i.e. skills, knowledge and attitudes). This learning may be acquired through formal and informal study including work and life experience. Assessment is determined by subject matter experts in each program area and can consist of one or more of the following methods:
In order for a JIBC credential to be awarded, 50% of the content of the credential must be taken from JIBC.
Last updated August 1, 2019
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