Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Experienced workers with no formal educational or training qualifications in their field can obtain certification based on skills acquired on the job through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Programme.  The PLAR Programme is designed to accommodate the schedules of working adults and provides the formal certification that can be your key to better job opportunities, job reclassification or promotion.


PLAR is a process through which an individual’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have been developed, through formal or informal education, training and/or life experiences are assessed. It provides you with a formal paper Certification which lead to better job opportunities or opportunities for promotion Applicants can reduce the time it takes to earn certification since it eliminates duplication of learning and accommodates working people.

The PLAR Programme is provided by the National Training Agency (NTA), with support from the Ministry of Education (MOE). PLAR is done through an evaluation process by a specialist to determine if the individual can be awarded the TTNVQ/CVQ.

The PLAR Programme is provided by the National Training Agency (NTA), with support from the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Can I apply to the PLAR Programme?

You can apply to the Programme if you:

  • Are a Trinidad and Tobago citizen or legal resident.
  • Are 21 years of age or older.
  • Have at least one year of work experience in the area in which you want certification.


The following areas of skills are available:



    Plumbing Fabrication
    Masonry Steel bending
    Carpentry Gypsum installation
    Electrical installation Window installation
    Surface finishing and painting Glass installation
    Tile laying Heavy duty equipment operator
    Cabinet making Crane operator
    Joinery Pipe fitting
    Air condition installation Excavating machine operation

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How do I apply?

The NTA publishes media advertisements from time to time requesting that interested parties apply for PLAR.  The advertisements include details of the application process and criteria.  NTA will contact successful applicants and inform them of the details of the orientation session (date, time and location).  You must bring the documents listed below to an orientation session, at which time you will also be required to complete an application form.


  • Proof of your identification in the form of any of the following: National Identification Card, Birth Certificate, Driver's Permit
  • A portfolio containing evidence of the work experience you have

Apply as a new Applicant

Apply as a Returning Applicant

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What happens after I apply?

Your application form and portfolio will be reviewed by a PLAR Programme staff member.  You will be contacted to schedule an interview and will also be administered a skills/knowledge test.  If you are successful you will be issued the relevant qualification as specified in the Trinidad and Tobago National Vocational Qualification (TTNVQ) Framework.  Please follow the link below for more information on TTNVQ.


Trinidad and Tobago National Vocational Qualification (TTNVQ) Framework


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Are there any associated fees?

There are no fees related to the PLAR Programme.

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Where can I find more information?

For more information, please visit the NTA's website at the link below.  You may also contact either NTA office in Trinidad or Tobago between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.  You may also contact the Metals Industry Company.


National Training Agency
140-142 Mulchan Seuchan Road
Chaguanas, 501345
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 868-672-7107/8; 868-672-9942
Fax. (868) 672-7109


National Training Agency (Tobago Office)
Tobago Technology Centre
79 Milford Road
Tobago, West Indies
Tel. (868) 635-1721
       (868) 639-3530
Fax.(868) 635-0280



National Training Agency (NTA) Website

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