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Military support

We have partnered with the Canadian Defence Academy to ensure that Canadian Forces members, dependents, and Department of National Defence civilian personnel have access to the support and services needed to explore continuing education opportunities.

CEL Adult Learner Services staff are here to:

  • Help you get started
  • Provide guidance and general advising about UNB certificate and degree programs, courses, and professional development options
  • Coordinate a Prior Learning Assessment of your military training and non-formal learning

We recognize that ongoing services and support are important factors in your decision to continue your education, and we are here for you.

Credit for military training

UNB will assess military training for possible credit as it applies to your UNB program.

The following documentation is required:

  • A current MPRR
  • Course reports for language training, if applicable.
  • Transcripts from RMC for Officer Professional Military Education courses.
  • Should you request Prior Learning Assessment for training that UNB has not previously assessed, you will need to provide detailed information on course content. A learning summary specifying how this training fits within your program or aligns with courses at UNB will be a part of your submission.
  • UNB application and fee for PLA (contact us for details).

Prior Learning Assessment

Aside from your military training, non-formal learning may also be assessed through a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

To make an assessment of your learning, the appropriate Faculty assessment committee needs to understand the following components:

  • Your prior knowledge/skills
  • The relevance of your learning in relation to the desired outcomes of the program/course(s) for which the PLA credit is being sought
  • Evidence of your learning as demonstrated by:
    • A detailed learning summary that targets a particular subject area
    • A portfolio of learning
    • An interview with a designated faculty member; or
    • A challenge exam
  • Supporting documentation, such as:
    • Certificates, course reports, transcripts, course content
    • Samples of work
    • Letters of attestation, performance reviews, etc.

It is up to you to provide detailed documentation that demonstrates your learning as it relates to the course or program under review.

Learn more about the credits awarded for military training.

Military duty conflicts

What if certain military duties require me to withdraw from a course?

As soon as you are certain that you cannot continue with your studies, please withdraw from your course. If you are registered in an open-entry online course, please submit a course withdrawal form. If you are registered in a term-based online course or attending classes on campus, you should use the WebAdvisor registration system to drop the course.

If your withdrawal occurs after the last date in the term for a withdrawal with no academic penalty, it is suggested that you contact your faculty concerning the circumstances, and include a letter from your CO. Full regulations with respect to dropping courses can be found in Section B of the Undergraduate Calendar, Part IV. D.

What if certain military duties prevent me from submitting an assignment on time?

It is up to you to notify and to discuss the circumstances surrounding a late assignment with the instructor, in advance of the due date. The instructor can determine whether or not to accept it. Some instructors will include their policy on late assignments in their course syllabus, which you will receive within the first two weeks of the course.

What if certain military duties require that I miss a scheduled exam?

You may apply for a deferred exam to be written after the exam period at a different site. Alternatively, you may wish to write the exam at the scheduled time, but at a different site. In both cases, please contact the Registrar’s office. Your application should include a letter from your CO stating the circumstances.

Resources for military personnel

Some additional resources for military personnel:

Learn more

Tel.: 506 453-4646 / Toll Free: 1 866-599-4646

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