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Credits for Union and Other Prior Learning

Athabasca University grants advanced credit in the Labour Studies Program for some union education programs. A student with a Labour College of Canada certificate (for the residential program), for example, is eligible to receive 9 or 12 credits (depending on the year of study). A student who has completed the Canadian Auto Workers' Paid Educational Leave course is eligible to receive three elective credits. And a student who has completed the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' Union Education Program is eligible to receive six elective credits.

We are currently developing a system to give advanced credit for week-long and weekend union education courses (steward training, collective bargaining, and so forth).

Students may also have their prior learning recognized through Athabasca University's Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) program. In this process students prepare a portfolio detailing all of their prior learning related to labour studies and submit it to the university for review. Students entering the University Certificate in Labour Studies are eligible to receive up to fifteen credits in this manner. For more information on Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition, please visit the Centre for Learning Accreditation Web site.

For more information about credits for union education, please contact Dr. Ingo Schmidt, Coordinator of the Labour Studies Program, or go to Credit Transfer–General Inquiry and search the database for "University Certificate in Labour Studies" and "BA Labour Studies, 3 & 4 Year".

Updated December 22 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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