How to Use the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Process

Contact Details

Contact Name: Licensing & Consumer Services
Branch: Suite 203-4555 Kingsway
Burnaby BC V5H 4V8
Email: Send Secure Email
Phone: 604-646-7050
Toll Free Number: 1-800-407-7757
Fax: 604-646-7051
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

  1. Overview
  2. What is the PLAR Process?
  3. Qualifications Requirements for Licences
  4. Qualifications Pre-screening & PLAR Self-assessment Forms
  5. Starting a PLAR Review
  6. Necessary Evidence
  7. Choosing Nominees
  8. Unsuccessful Reviews


General contractors who are constructing single family homes and small residential buildings under Part 9 of the BC Building Code must meet a qualification standard before the Registrar will issue a new licence.

Some applicants may choose to qualify via a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) review.

Our new video explains the PLAR process in detail. PLAR recognizes on-the-job training, life experience, and other forms of training as ways of establishing your licensing qualifications. Find out here if the PLAR process is the right approach for your residential builder licence application.