PLAR Paper-Based Assessment

As the first step in the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) program, the College conducts a paper-based assessment comparing an applicant’s academic transcripts, course descriptions and evidence of practice. We focus on content areas covered in naturopathic training programs accredited by Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). These areas match the core competencies set by the College and are assessed in the PLAR Exams (Biomedical and Clinical Sciences) and the Ontario Clinical (Practical) examinations (completed prior to registration).

Document of Education and Experience

To initiate the paper-based assessment, you must submit a completed Document of Education and Experience (DEE) form. Here you will organise past education, training and work experience relevant to naturopathy into the content areas.

Once your DEE and supporting documents have been received, a trained PLAR Assessor will review them and record their findings. They assess whether an applicant’s education and experience are equivalent to a CNME-accredited education.

The PLAR Assessor will then determine whether you have the required education or experience in the naturopathic competencies to continue the PLAR process or whether gaps exist that would require additional training or education.

To complete the DEE, you must be prepared to:

  • collect documents from your past education and professional experience.
  • have all documents in any language other than English or French translated and signed by a notary, and
  • organise your education and experience by the noted requirements throughout the form.

To learn more about the Paper-based Assessment Process and criteria, or for more information on completing the DEE, please review the Document of Education and Experience—Application Guide.

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