Prior Learning Assessment Non-CAA Professional Member Reference Form
To be or not to be….a reference: Filling in a Prior Learning Assessment reference form is a serious responsibility.

Applicants for Prior Learning Assessment(PLA) are submitting their employment and non-CAA training to be assessed against CAA courses.  References play a large part in validating the applicants statement and skills. Please think about how well you know the applicant and be candid and honest in your assessment. The applicant will not see this form as references will be kept confidential.  


Before filling out your reference letter you should have received from the applicant their self-assessment. If you have not received this please stop here and be in contact with the applicant.


Take a look at the CAA's course DACUM (goals and objectives) for the course the applicant wishes to PLA. CAA DACUMs can be found under the 'Program Goals' tab of the specific course under the Training tab on the CAA Website.


For PLA's you can:

1) WAIVE: An applicant has equivalent training/experience that meets a required prerequisite for a CAA course. Example: The Introduction to Weather prerequisite for the Avalanche Operations Level 2 course.

If successful the applicant will not need to take the CAA prerequisite course.

2) EQUIVALENCY: An applicant has equivalent training/experience to a CAA course that they would like to be recognized for and awarded a CAA course certificate.

To submit a Reference, fill in the form below (hover over the underlined headings for more information):


If you have not seen the applicant's self-assessment and the CAA course goals and objectives (DACUM) for the course they wish to PLA then please exit this reference form and obtain these documents from the applicant. Thank you.

Clearly describe how much of the applicant's experience you are specifically familiar with:
Please review the specific CAA course DACUM (for this PLA application) and answer the following (DACUMs can be found under the 'Program Goals' tab of the specific course under the Training tab of the CAA Website):

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