Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Are you a graduate of a Health Science or Paramedical program and are interested in pursuing a career in Massage Therapy?  Contact CCMH for a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to see how we can minimize both your course load and costs.  Use your Science credits/degree to give yourself a head start in completing our Massage Therapy Diploma program.

If you have previous education in Health Sciences you may be eligible to earn academic credit for learning that you have already completed. You will need to demonstrate that you have acquired the necessary knowledge at a previous institution.

Who Can Apply?

PLAR candidates must have completed an OSSD and post-secondary education similar to education provided by CCMH.

How Does it Work?

PLAR is done on a course by course basis. If a course covers material that you have already completed, you can ask for an assessment of your knowledge. If you have completed the course, or courses, within the previous 5 years and your grade be a minimum of 70% or if multiple courses are considered for one CCMH credit, an average of 70%. If it is greater than 5 years since you completed the course you will be required to write a challenge exam. If you obtain over 70% on the challenge exam you will be exempt from the course.

How to Apply

In order to apply for a PLAR complete the application for Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition and include your transcripts and course outlines for the specific course(s) being assessed. The current PLAR application fee is $100.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact our Director of Admissions: [email protected] or 519-650-5533 ext 1.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to request a PLA in a timely manner when submitting their initial application.  This request must be submitted prior to their registration with CCMH. PLA’s are only done upon receipt of an official request and all supporting documents.

It may take up to three weeks to complete the PLA.  Once a student is registered in the CCMH Massage Therapy Diploma Program, they can no longer request a PLA. Each PLA application will be carefully considered on an individual basis.  There is a fee for any challenge exams granted through the PLA process.

Challenge exams granted by the PLA are subject to a fee.