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May 30, 2014

WLA Training for CLARS Assessment Centres

With the Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS) now rolled out in Ontario, CCLB is working with Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) to set up various two-day training sessions on the Workplace Language Assessment (WLA) tool for up to 40 assessors in CLARS centres over the summer and fall months. A call has been put out for those interested in becoming WLA assessors in the Ontario region. As dates are finalized, CLARS centres will be notified.

The WLA tool is designed to assess English language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 7 to 10 for placement into workplace-training programs or bridging programs. It is MCI’s goal that there be at least one assessor at each CLARS centre capable of administering the WLA, knowing that in some communities there may be several CLARS assessors certified to administer the assessment, depending on critical mass expected for those centres.

In other provinces, there are WLA sites in BC and Alberta with assessors trained in the past. If you would like more information about becoming a WLA test site, please contact CCLB directly.

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