Prior Learning Assessment

UNB's College of Extended Learning has a prior learning assessment process whereby a student's prior learning may be evaluated for course equivalency and applied to the Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (COHS). Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) refers to the systematic evaluation of learning an individual has achieved through previous post-secondary courses and programs, related industry certifications or specialized training programs. It provides evidence that an individual has already met the expected learning outcomes of OHS courses through learning acquired prior to enrolment in the UNB COHS program.

Prior learning may include:

  • relevant courses completed at other Universities and Colleges within the last 10 years with a grade of C+ (70%) OR
  • other industry certifications or training programs completed within the last five years, with courses similar to those in the UNB COHS program and involve at least 35 hours of study and assessment.

The UNB PLA Centre is unable to assess the following for equivalency in the COHS program:

  • workplace learning
  • courses, training programs or certificates that involve fewer than 35 hours of study and assessment. One or two day seminars/workshops do not provide the depth and assessment necessary to be considered equivalent to OHS courses.

Please review the Previously Assessed Course Equivalents before applying. A maximum of FIVE courses in the COHS can be acquired through PLA, and the balance of the COHS (SIX courses) must be completed through UNB.  The Advanced Diploma in OHS is not eligible for PLA.

Please note that if you have used your NCSO designation or some other program of study for PLA credit towards COHS 3110 or some other UNB COHS course, some organizations such as BCRSP may not allow you to also get credit for it as independent study in your application towards your CRSP (Canadian Registered Safety Professional).

To apply for a prior learning assessment, the applicant will be required to:

  1. complete and submit the online PLA application;
    • a. identify the courses in which they are seeking credit;
    • b. upload copies of all documentation to be assessed. This may include the items below for all courses being assessed for credit;
      • i. Transcripts
      • ii. Certificates
      • iii. Syllabi or Course Descriptions
      • iv. Learning Outcomes
      • v. Any related documentation you may deem as important to your assessment
  2. submit the assessment fee of $150;

Once your PLA is complete it will be considered closed. If you wish in the future to have another PLA assessment completed, you will have to re -apply and will be required to complete another application and pay the PLA fee again.

We strongly encourage contacting our office prior to submitting payment and documentation. For more information contact ohsinfo@unb.ca or 1 888 259-4222 or 506-453-4694.