Status: closed

Project: Options for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Micro-Credentials
Responsible Organization: BCcampus


During winter and spring 2020–2021, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, working with sector stakeholders and partners, developed a Micro-Credential Framework to support a coordinated and consistent approach to the development and delivery of micro-credentials across B.C.’s public post-secondary system. As this work took place, it was recognized that some components of the Framework required additional research. The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training is partnering with the British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer and BCcampus to lead research projects in six areas where further investigation is required to provide clarity around more complex components of the Framework. This work will assist the stakeholders to determine next steps regarding Framework implementation.


Explore existing prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) processes in B.C. and other jurisdictions to understand how they could be implemented in B.C. micro-credential programs.


In the context of the economic recovery, a key benefit of micro-credentials is that they can help people who have lost their jobs re-skill and transition back to the workforce. Often, these people have received informal training and acquired practical skills through their work experience. Some post-secondary institutions assess and recognize this informal training for the purpose of waiving course prerequisites or granting credit, referred to as PLAR. The Micro-Credential Framework indicates that PLAR should be considered when institutions offer micro-credentials, which may vary across the post-secondary system.

The scope will include jurisdictions that offer models for PLAR. Although programs that incorporate micro-credentials will be of particular interest, those focused on other credential types will also be considered. In addition, any practices or processes specific to Indigenous learners will also be of interest.

Research Outcomes

  1. Identify features of existing PLAR in B.C. and other jurisdictions.
  2. Based on findings, and in consultation with B.C. stakeholders and Indigenous partners, provide recommendations on how B.C. could proceed with regard to using PLAR for micro-credentials.

Proposed Time Line

Time line for submission:

  1. Submit proposal by November 23, 2021.
  2. Contract will be awarded on November 26, 2021.

Time line for work related to this call for proposal:

  1. Draft due by February 28, 2022 (this includes stakeholder engagement).
  2. Complete project by March 31, 2022.


Submit a professional report that meets the research outcomes to by March 31, 2022. Note: A draft is due February 28, 2022.


The total amount of the contract will be GST inclusive.

Payment to be negotiated upon award of contract.


Please submit your proposal using this application and email to by midnight on November 21, 2021. Any questions about this call can be addressed to the same.

The funders may seek to combine projects. Proponents should apply to all projects of interest, should suggest where they see opportunities to combine two or more projects, and should outline the benefits of doing so.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will guide the evaluation and selection of the successful proposal.


  • Roles and relevant experience of principal and team members who will work on the project are clearly described.
  • Project steps and milestones are clearly articulated and reasonable for the amount of effort noted.
  • Proposal clearly states an understanding of the deliverables and the intention of the project.


  • The budget is reasonable with regard to the work proposed.
  • The budget is easy to understand and clearly outlines the most significant line items required, along with a reasonable time line for expenses.
  • The budget clearly shows when the project work and related expenses will occur.