Recognition of education and training  

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognizes that life experiences vary from one person to another. As a serving member or potential recruit, you may be eligible to reduce your time in training based on your current:

  • qualifications
  • skills
  • knowledge

It’s the CAF’s policy to recognize previous training, education and/or experience. This includes any experience gained inside or outside of the CAF.

The CAF uses a Prior Learning Assessment to evaluate any previous training and education. The assessment determines if your experience is equivalent to the CAF’s courses and learning outcomes. This would allow you to reduce or eliminate any education/training required to:

  • progress within your military occupation
  • gain expertise or skills unrelated to your military occupation

The assessment also recognizes qualifications that might be useful for future CAF activities (foreign language training, or other specialty skills).

For more information

Contact your local Recruiting Centre, Personnel Selection Officer or your Chain of Command.

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