Prior Learning and Competency Evaluation and Documentation (PLACED)





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Published on Mar 19, 2010

As an internationally educated professional (IEP), do you wonder about the following:

How you can continue to work in your chosen field now that you are here in Ontario?
How you can transfer the skills you gained overseas into the Canadian context?
If your background allows you to become a registered professional in your field?
How to demonstrate what you actually know and are able to do?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then Prior Learning and Competency Evaluation and Documentation (PLACED) is the right place for you to be.

Funded by the Government of Ontario, PLACED is a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR / RPL) service offered through Ryerson Universitys Gateway for International Professionals. PLACED works with IEPs, employers, occupational and regulatory bodies, professional associations, universities, subject matter experts, and assessors to offer an array of services in support of PLAR:

Working with IEPs in assessing, validating, and documenting their prior learning and current competency, referenced to the Canadian workplace and to academic and professional requirements
Building capacity to utilize individuals prior learning and competency documentation, through information, training, consultation, and support services to employers, regulators, and higher education
Developing online, structured self-assessment tools to help pre-arrivals plan their immigration to Canada
Providing advocacy for prior learning and competency assessment and recognition, including the adoption of quality assurance methodology, to level the playing field for those whose academic credentials do not fully reflect their capabilities

PLAR participants report having received better pay, benefits, and improved career prospects.

Producing Results in Prior Learning: A Report from the Gateways Project
Athabasca University, 2007

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