November 17 th 2011. "Preparing Tomorrow\'s Workforce, Today". PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT AND RECOGNITION. ASSURING QUALITY IN PLAR. PLAR. Mrs. Elphege Joseph CEO, NTA 17 th November 2011. What is PLAR?. Definition:
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"Preparing Tomorrow\'s Workforce, Today"
Mrs. Elphege Joseph
17th November 2011
“the formal acknowledgement of skills, knowledge, and competencies that are gained through work experience, informal training, and life experience”
refers to a learning
activity that takes place in an
organized way, that by
its very nature leads to certification,
PLAR involves the assessment and recognition of competencies in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains
refers to organized activities
that take place within or outside
the workplace which are not
explicitly identified as learning
activities, and do not lead to
qualifications or certification,
but have a major
(e.g. workplace training).
consists of learning activities that
occur by chance or through
e.g. reading, self-directed
research, community and
The National Training Agency (NTA) of Trinidad and Tobago endorses Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition as an alternative means of:
Triangulation of Evidence
‘the establishment of and adherence to policies, processes, and assessment practices that ensure that the knowledge and skills of individual learners are recognized so that they can successfully engage in the subjects and levels of learning that contribute meaningfully to their educational and employment goals.’
Certification will be awarded:
The NTATT will be responsible for the following:
The External Verifiers will be responsible for the following:
The NTA has mandated the following key requirements as part of a provider’s quality management system:
There must be an appropriate system in place.
There must be evidence that it is implemented effectively.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Professional Development (Assessors)
Professional Development (Advisors)
The process whereby a centre ensures it operates consistently and to national/regional standards in interpreting and assessing key skills.
should be carried out on a regular basis and should sample assessment decisions from all programme areas, all candidates, all assessors and all key skills.
For Vocational Qualifications (VQ) assessment to be reliable each assessor’s judgement must be consistent for various candidates and tasks and consistent with the judgements of other assessors.
This will be done through an Internal Verification system where supervisors of the relevant Ministries and Departments will be trained to ensure judgements and established quality criteria are met within the range of assessors within the workplace.
These Internal Verifiers will also sample the assessments as judged by the Assessors.
The purpose of a relevant independent agent performing the external verification on behalf of the National Training Agency (NTA) is as follows:
To obtain a credible and objective analysis of assessment and verification practices of the TTNVQ/CVQ in industry as specified by the competency standards.
To recommend any further actions to the NTA regarding the
Correction of practices
Capacity building requirements of individuals within the system
Compliance requirements to fulfil certification requirements.
External Verifiers from Industry:
usually persons who would have had a part in the development of occupational standards,
would be engaged by the NTA to ensure that the established quality criteria are being met by the range of locations and centres where the assessments may have taken place to confirm the assessment results, process and strategies as well as to verify internal verification results.
NTA Monitoring Activities
21-22 Mulchan Seuchan RoadChaguanas,
Trinidad, West IndiesTel.: 868-672-7107/8 868-672-9942/3Fax: 868-672-7109
Unit 19, E-Teck Mall,Sangster\'s Hill,