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Last updated on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Returning to school is hard enough. HWDSB’s Assessment Centre can help map out your road to success.

The Assessment Centre realizes that adults returning to school, are making a conscious decision to change and improve their lives.

With mounting responsibilities to your family and employer, choosing to upgrade your education can seem a daunting task. For adult learners, returning to school can be a difficult process to fit into your everyday life. That’s where the Assessment Centre can help.

The Assessment Centre offers adult learners a clear path to success along with many options to get there. Our programs and services are designed to help meet individual academic goals.

Adult learners are provided services related to academic credit assessment, program registration for Independent Learning Courses and referrals to Continuing Education programs that will support them in achieving their academic and workplace training goals.

Where do I start?

About the Assessment Centre

Hours

Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Holiday & Summer Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Address

Robert Thomson Building (Within Jackson Square)
110 King Street West, Plaza Level, Suite 606
Hamilton, Ontario
L8P 4S6
Phone: 905-521-2554
Fax: 905-521-2550

Contact

Barry Smith
Vice-Principal of Community and International Education Services
Phone:  905-521-2554 email bsmith@hwdsb.on.ca

Where do I Start?

As adults continue their education as Mature Students, HWDSB’s Assessment Centre can grant credits two different ways:

1. Equivalent Standings for Mature Students

2. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

See details below.

Equivalent Standings for Mature Students grants mature students credits based on maturity, equivalent education and apprenticeship training experience. Credits may be granted under the basis of maturity allowance, equivalent education allowance and apprenticeship training allowances.

Who is Equivalent Standings for?

You may apply for Equivalent Standings for Mature Students if you..

  • Are an Ontario student who started secondary school before 1999.
  • Are at least 18 years old on or before December 31st of the school year.
  • Have been out of school for a period of at least one year before returning as an adult.
  • Have 4 or more credits to complete for a secondary school diploma.

Mature students may apply for equivalent standings in the following:

Maturity Allowance

Credits awarded in recognition of learning which has taken place on the basis of experience. Normally, two credits are awarded for each year a mature student has been out of school to a maximum of 12 credits.

Equivalent Standings for Mature Students

Credits given for courses taken outside of school that do not count toward college or university credits.

Apprenticeship Training Allowance

Two credits may be given for the successful completion of each period of an apprenticeship training program.

NOTE: All applicants for equivalent standing, must earn the last four credits. These credits must be at the senior level – Grade 11 or 12. The Principal shall determine which compulsory credit(s) if any must still be completed by the student to earn a diploma.

Find or obtain your school transcript (a transcript is a record of the courses you have taken and the marks you achieved). If you do not have a transcript, contact the last school you attended or school board and request a transcript. Schools must keep student records for 55 years.

How do I apply?

If you attended an HWDSB school and you have been out of school for one or more years, contact the Student Records Department at HWDSB by calling 905-521-2523 for information.

Less than a year, contact the guidance department at the last high school you attended.

If you are a foreign student, please locate an official copy of your school records. They must be translated into English. Locate your resumé, any certificates, apprenticeship records, or reports showing previous credit achievement for courses taken outside of secondary school.

Make an appointment with the Assessment Centre. Call 905-521-2554.

Please remember to bring all of your documents, your transcript and your resumé with you to your appointment.

What is the process and the fee?

At a consultation appointment, the Principal or designate will review your transcript, documents, resumé to determine the number of equivalent credits you are eligible to attain. An outline of the number of courses you will need to successfully complete and achieve your secondary school diploma will be clearly explained.

Is there a fee?

There is no consultation fee.

Can I register for an Independent Learning Course (self- study)?

At your appointment you will have an opportunity to register for an ILC Course. You will select the first course for study and receive Unit 1 of that course. There is a refundable deposit for course materials of $40.00.

NOTE: ILC Courses are offered through Community and Continuing Education (CCE) Red Hill Campus. Students will be expected to take assignments for marking and pick up future units of study at CCE Red Hill.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is the formal evaluation and credit granting process whereby mature students may obtain credits for prior learning. This includes knowledge and skills that mature students have acquired in both formal and informal ways, outside of secondary school.

PLAR, for short, is the formal evaluation and credit granting process for adults who have not earned their high school diploma in Ontario. Mature students may obtain credits for prior learning – the knowledge and skills that mature students have acquired in both formal and informal ways, outside of secondary school.

Who is PLAR for?

PLAR is for you, if you..

  • Have not earned your high school diploma from Ontario.
  • Are at least 18 years old on or before December 31st of the school year.
  • Have been out of school for a period of at least one year before returning as an adult.
  •  Have attended school in another province or country.

Two Ways to Gain PLAR Credits

PLAR Involves Two Processes

  • Process 1  – Grade 9 & 10 Individual Assessment/Equivalency
  • Process 2 – Grade 11 & 12 Equivalency

Process 1 – Grade 9 & 10 Individual Assessment/Equivalency

An individual assessment/equivalency process for the purpose of granting up to 16 Grade 9 & 10 credits.

Apply for Process 1 if you:

  • Are new to the Ontario Secondary School system, OR
  • Have fewer than 16 Grade 9 & 10 credits from the Ontario Secondary School system, OR
  • Do not have a transcript.

Process 2 – Grade 11 & 12 Equivalency

Students may obtain no more than 10 Grade 11 & 12 credits through this process for prior learning/work experience based upon concrete evidence.

Apply for Process 2 if you:

Have secondary school transcripts and/or other documentation of education, training, work experience, and volunteer experience that indicate completion of learning similar to the expectations of specific courses in the Ontario Grade 11 and 12 programs. These documents must be translated and validated as true translations if written in a language other than English.

How can I begin the PLAR for Mature Student process?

Make an appointment with the Assessment Centre at 905-521-2554.  Consultation Fee is $35.00 cash.

During this appointment a counselor will:

  • Explain the PLAR process in detail,
  • Provide you with the appropriate application forms, and will provide you with all of the different ways to earn the remaining credits required for your diploma,
  • If needed, register you in an Independent Study Course – requires a $40.00 cash book deposit.

NOTE: Independent Study Courses are administered through Community and Continuing Education (CCE) Red Hill Campus.  Students will be expected to take assignments for marking and pick up future units of study at CCE Red Hill.

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