People learn in all kinds of ways – formal, informal and non-formal. With formal learning (education and training systems), it has been easy to get recognition for learning accomplished. Success on exams is accepted as evidence of learning; skill demonstrations are concrete evidence that learning has been acquired. However, with informal and non-formal learning, providing evidence and getting recognition for learning are not so easy. People learn on the job, from each other, as a result of volunteer work and of course from life. How to prove this kind of learning is less “obvious” but the learning acquired is not less valid. 

Use The Reflective Practitioner: Applying Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) to Professional Growth and Recognition as a guide to support you in thinking about PLAR for yourself and your clients.