MPLAN Awards Overview

MPLAN has two awards for achievement in Recognition of Prior Learning - the PEARL Award and the ExemPLAR Award. The table below lays out how the two awards are similar and how they differ.

MPLAN also offers an award through Red River College for registered participants taking any one of the courses offered in the RPL Practitioner Certificate Program. An award of $400.00 will be granted to a successful applicant annually. See more information here.

Criteria PEARL Award ExemPLAR Award
Created by MPLAN Yes
(in 2002)
(in 2014)
Recognizes authentic achievement in RPL Yes Yes
Recognizes not only real achievement in RPL, but also the pursuit of excellence in PLAR/RPL over time and/or in the face of substantial challenges. The PEARL Award recognizes ‘Heavy Duty’ RPL. Yes N.A.
Recognizes success in RPL that is both authentic and substantial, but also something that could be seen as doable by potential newcomers to RPL.
One example: an employer improves productivity and profits by successfully incorporating RPL into the workplace as part of a new Human Resources strategy.
N.A. Yes

Honours the past and the authentic pursuit of excellence in RPL despite substantial challenges.
Yes    N.A.
  • Looks to future growth by taking into account potential RPL newcomers.
  • Celebrates real success in RPL and makes clear this can be achieved with a reasonable amount of time and effort.
N.A. Yes