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CAPLA's Experience Matters Directory

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Introduction by Bonnie Kennedy, Executive Director
Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA)

The Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) has been particularly busy this year! They have expanded their website to include a special online resource called Experience Matters. The information is intended to acquaint immigrants, pre- and post-arrival, with a range of learning assessment and recognition processes they may encounter. The three areas include formal credential assessment, language assessment and the assessment of knowledge, skills and abilities (PLAR/RPL).

CAPLA also launched a new publication titled Quality Assurance for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Canada – THE MANUAL. Among other things, it contains new RPL guiding principles and self-audit checklists that enable users to evaluate their RPL practice. Work on the project began in 2013 and involved multi-stakeholder engagement, along with collaboration among many national organizations and all of Canada’s provinces and territories. It was funded by the Government of Canada and was rolled out at CAPLA’s yearly conference in Toronto on October 21-23, 2015. Copies can be purchased online at


Thank you to Bonnie Kennedy and CAPLA for allowing us to share these resources with our PLAIO readers.