Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is the acknowledgement of competencies obtained through formal training and prior work experience. The assessment is conducted at the level indicated by the candidates training and experience; e.g. a SCUBA diver cannot be assessed for surface supplied diving. The assessment must take place at, or under the supervision of, a diver training establishment (DTE) or assessment organization which has been accredited by the DCBC at the level of the assessment. Please see the list of accredited DTE’s HERE

The purpose of the assessment is to offer appropriate candidates the opportunity to demonstrate substantially equivalent competencies to those described in the Canadian Standards Association’s Competency Standard for Diving Operations (CAN/CSA Z275.4).

For full details on the conduct of PLAR please read the policy available at the following link:

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Policy