Alberta Provincial Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

In Alberta, a Prior Learning Assessment program is in place to confirm the level of skill and knowledge of a person for:

This prior learning assessment will take the form of:

PAC Recognized Programs

Individuals who are registered in a recognized pre-employment program must have the required educational requirements and successfully complete the program before they are eligible to attempt the prior learning assessment examination for the 1st period of apprenticeship.

Students who have the trade entrance requirements and have successfully completed the required courses in a Vocational Graduate/Undergraduate or Career and Technology Studies (CTS) Program can attempt prior learning assessment examinations for advanced standing in an apprenticeship program as outlined by the PAC for the trade.

Students who have successfully completed the required courses in a recognized technician or technology program can attempt prior learning assessment examinations for advanced standing as outlined by the PAC for the trade.

There are a number of other PAC recognized programs that would allow an individual who has made application for apprenticeship or is a registered apprentice to attempt prior learning assessment examinations for advanced standing in an apprenticeship program as outlined by the PAC for the trade.

Previous Work Experience

An individual may qualify for prior learning assessment examination(s) to determine credit toward an apprenticeship program if he/she has:

In granting credit, the following standards shall apply:

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