CAPA PLAR Program

AFOA Canada is pleased to offer the CAPA PLAR Program as a CAPA Certification option for Senior Administrators, Chief Executive Officers, and Senior Managers working in Aboriginal communities and organizations on-reserve, off reserve and in urban, rural, and isolated settings across Canada. Developed under the guidance of an Aboriginal CAPA Council, this is the only national program in Canada that addresses the competency needs of those working in Aboriginal environments. You will be required to submit a completed CAPA PLAR Evidence Portfolio that successfully demonstrates that you have met or exceeded all CAPA competencies.

PLAR Overview


One way to become a CAPA is through the submission of a CAPA PLAR Evidence Portfolio that successfully demonstrates through the assessment process that all CAPA competencies have been met or exceeded. PLAR is a process that involves the identification, documentation, assessment and recognition of learning through formal and informal study.

What you need to know about CAPA PLAR


You will be required to complete a CAPA PLAR Application Form
  • The CAPA PLAR Program fee is $750 plus applicable taxes. The fee covers the costs for administration (printing, processing, and mailing materials), CAPA PLAR Assessors and graduation.
  • It may take up to four weeks to have your portfolio assessed and returned by AFOA Canada
  • Upon completion of the assessment of your portfolio you will be advised in writing by AFOA Canada whether you have been successful in achieving the portfolio component of the CAPA designation process. If there are gaps in your learning related to the AFOA Canada CAPA competencies, you may be asked to provide additional evidence or you may be asked to develop a learning contract which set out tasks, timelines and outcome to help you fill in the gaps, and successfully meet the portfolio requirements.

Certification Requirements

  To become a CAPA, PLAR applicants must:
  1. Have a college/university degree in public administration, business administration, a relevant senior management program or equivalent degree, and three years or more full time senior management, supervisory experience in an Aboriginal Management Environment;
  2. OR
  3. No Degree with a minimum of five years or more full time senior management, supervisory experience in an Aboriginal Management environment;
And:
  • Submit a PLAR Evidence Portfolio successfully demonstrating that all CAPA competencies have been met or exceeded;
  • Sign an agreement to abide by AFOA Canada Standard of Ethical Conduct;
  • Be a member in good standing with AFOA Canada; and
  • Sign an agreement to maintain certification

How to Apply

  You may download the CAPA PLAR Self-Assessment Form below to determine if you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the CAPA designation through the CAPA PLAR Application route.

Step One:
Complete the CAPA PLAR Self-Assessment Form

Step Two:
Complete the CAPA PLAR Application Form.

Please ensure that prior to submitting your CAPA PLAR Application that you have completed the CAPA PLAR Self-Assessment Form.