Initiating PLAR

To be eligible for assessment through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) program, individuals must be able to establish identity, sufficient fluency in English or French and have at minimum a Canadian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a health-care field reasonably related to Naturopathy. To initiate PLAR, please complete the following steps.

1. Show Proof of Identity

Fill out the Application for Pre-Registration and submit it along with with a copy of valid, government-issued photo identification, as detailed on the form. There is no fee for completion of this step.

2. Show Proof of Formal Education

If you completed your education outside of Canada, you must have your degree(s) assessed by one of the following credential evaluation agencies:

Results of the formal education assessment must be sent – directly to the College from the credential evaluation agency. Please contact the credential agency for information about credential assessment fees.

If you completed your education in Canada, you must arrange to have university transcripts sent directly to the College. If the academic institution is unable to send a transcript directly, we will accept a certified copy of the transcript issued to you.

If transcripts and official university documents are in a language other than English or French, you must arrange to have them translated by a qualified professional who is certified by a government organisation, or who has been certified by a member organisation of the Internal Federation of Translators. You will be responsible for any associated fees.

If transcripts cannot be obtained due to exceptional circumstances, please contact us at applications@collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca for information about acceptable alternate documentation.

3. Show Proof of Language Proficiency

If  you are not fluent in English or French, and/or your relevant education was not conducted in either language, you must submit your scores on a College-approved language proficiency test, as per the College’s Language Proficiency Policy. The College requires a language proficiency test to be obtained from one of the following institutions. Please contact the institution directly for the associated costs.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Score of 580 required on paper-based TOEFL.
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Level 7 required on all skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). In Ontario: ieltscanada.ca. International: www.ielt.org.
  • CanTEST – A minimum score of 4.0 on each section (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
  • TESTCan (For demonstrating French proficiency only) – A minimum score of 4.0 on each section (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

Language test results must be sent directly from the testing institution.

Important note: If you live outside of Canada, you can complete the above processes before moving here. We strongly recommend, however, that applicants outside of Canada obtain official copies of all the documents needed before arriving in Canada to prevent any delays.

Eligibility outcome & next steps

Once the College has received all documents and has determined your eligibility (approximately 7-10 business days following receipt of all required documents) you will be notified by email. If eligible for PLAR, you will be sent an invitation to complete the Document of Education and Experience to initiate the Paper-based Assessment. If ineligible, you will be sent the reason for your ineligibility and information about other options you may wish to consider.