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Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR)

The Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) process is a competency-based assessment tool ONLY for members holding a Grandparented Class Certificate of Registration. The purpose of the PLAR process is to assess if Grandparented Members can demonstrate they possess the experience and learning that meets the Entry Level Occupational Competencies for the Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Canada (2009) required to be issued a General Certificate of Registration.

All members are required to complete the PLAR process through Professional Testing, a third party that administers and evaluates the PLAR process on behalf of the College.

Registration for the PLAR process must be completed by July 1, 2017, and a transfer application must be submitted to the College by November 1, 2017. 

The Council of the College has approved an extension of the deadline to complete the PLAR process to October 31, 2017. This extension is granted only to Grandparented members who have attempted the PLAR process prior to the July 1, 2017 deadline and were unsuccessful. For more information, click here. 

All Grandparented members must transfer to the General Class of Registration by March 31, 2018, as all Grandparented Class certificate will expire on April 1, 2018. To access the policy for the PLAR completion and General Class transfer deadlines, please click here.

In order to transfer to the General Class, members in the Grandparented Class must follow the steps below. You may also watch the instructional PLAR Videos for further assistance.

At this time, Grandparented members must take the Case Study Assessment to complete the PLAR process. The Academic Document Review is no longer available.

Case Study Assessment preparation tips:

  1. Register for an available date well in advance as there are limited seating spaces available to write per testing session.
  2. You may download and bring the resources listed under Suggested References for Practitioners and the Entry Level Occupational Competencies for the Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Canada (2009) to the Case Study Assessment. The suggested reference books as listed by the College are books recommended as the best resources to use during the Case Study Assessment. If you choose at your own discretion to use other resources you may do so. However, you may not bring in pages of hand written notes.
  3. 3. By default, the case studies are completed electronically. To request for testing accommodations, please contact Professional Testing prior to your scheduled date.

For details on the two routes, please read the Guide to Complete PLAR.

Register for the Case Study Assessment at www.professionaltesting.ca. The deadline to complete the PLAR process is October 31, 2017.

You will receive an email of your results within 8 to 10 weeks. However, due to a high volume of submissions, members may experience a longer process time.

If you have received an unsuccessful result, you are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the College to discuss your results and your next steps.

After receiving confirmation of successful completion of the PLAR process, you must transfer to the General Class of Registration with the College. You must complete and submit the Transfer Application to the General Class of Registration to the College by November 1, 2017. Your application will be held pending upon successful completion of the PLAR process.

For more information on the transfer process, please read the Guide to Transfer from Grandparented Class to General Class.

NOTE: If you are a member in the Inactive Class, you must first transfer back to the Grandparented Class before submitting the Transfer Application to the General Class of Registration. For information on how to transfer from the Inactive Class, please clickhere.

If your application is complete and you meet all of the registration requirements, please proceed to the next step. If you do not meet all of the registration requirements, a review by a panel of the Registration Committee is required. For more information, please contact the College.

The review process usually takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks to complete if a review by the Registration Committee is not required. If the Registration Committee is required, the review process usually takes between 2 to 6 months to complete. However, the length of the review process may vary based on a case-by-case basis. Due to a high volume of submissions, members may experience a longer process time.

Once your transfer is complete, you will receive an email confirmation that you have successfully transferred to the General Class of Registration.

The College will mail your new General Class wall certificate to your preferred mailing address within 15 business days of the transfer. You must then destroy your Grandparented Class wall certificate.

If you need further assistance, please contact one of the following:

If you have received an unsuccessful result, you may schedule a meeting with the College to discuss your results and your next steps. 

For enquiries regarding the PLAR process, the transfer process, and to change any personal or contact information, please contact the College

For enquiries regarding accommodations and evaluation of the PLAR process, and technical difficulties registering through Professional Testing, please contact Professional Testing.