Personal Learning Record
The Personal Learning Record (PLR) application offers access to verified participation and achievement records of individual learners from when they were at school, college or a recognised further education training provider from 14+ years.
The academic and vocational records data is from 2009 but does not typically cover education completed at university.
The PLR is a free and important application. It allows individual learners access to their past and current achievement records. It can share records with the school, college, further education training provider, university or employer; where the individual is making an application to further their education, training and employment.
It can also allow an individual learner to share their PLR with a Careers Advisor when taking advice on what to do in future.
Schools, colleges, further education training providers and universities staff can use the PLR to directly access records for individuals making applications or studying at their organisations. These organisations will inform individuals where they plan to access their records usually during an application process. Any individual can opt-out of sharing their data with organisations by using the PLR, or by informing the relevant organisation(s) during the application process.
Organisations typically use the PLR to verify learners’ qualifications because it is quicker and easier than reviewing and checking certificates, so speeds up the application process. They can quickly build up a picture of an individual’s achievement to give the best next-step education or careers advice and/or ensure the individual receives all the public funding to which they are entitled.
The PLR makes it easy to plan an individual’s future vocational training within the complicated structures of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). You can search different routes to achievement. You can identify the best combination of units and calculate the credit needed to achieve a qualification all in a few clicks. You can also monitor an individual’s progress by unit or qualification against their chosen route to achievement.
Accessing the Personal Learning Record
Individual learners - You can access your own PLR through the National Careers Service .
Schools, colleges, further education training providers and universities
How to register as an approved organisation
If you have not yet signed up as an approved organisation, you will need to register on the UK Register of Learning Providers website (external link).
Once registered, you receive a UK Provider Reference Number (UKPRN) and you will then be able to register with the Learning Records Service.
As an approved organisation your Super User will be able to provide you with access and answer any queries.
Should you need to check who your organisation’s Super User is, contact the LRS Customer Helpdesk on 0845 602 2589.