All about Microcredentials

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In the future world of work, your transferable skills will be more important than ever. Gone are the days of getting one qualification and being done. Today, jobs are constantly evolving, which means our knowledge and skills need to as well.

The popularity of microcredentials has exploded over the last few years. They’re a new take on learning – instead of a course taking you months or even years, microcredentials are designed to teach you a new skill in no time at all.

Microcredentials are highly tailored, short courses, typically taught over the course of a few days or weeks, that teach skills and knowledge in specific areas. They are a great way to quickly learn new skills or refresh existing ones.

 

National Microcredentials Framework

 

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has developed a National Microcredentials Framework, which you can read more about here. Essentially though it means that providers are regulated and that they’re easier to navigate, without the risk of investing time, energy and money into a qualification that may or may not be recognised down the track.

 

Some of the benefits of microcredentials

 

One of the most obvious benefits of microcredentials is that they’re short. You don’t need to disrupt your work or social commitments to finish one. Employers love them too because it means they can upskill their employees without having to take time off.

Another benefit is that they’re often low-cost. If you can’t afford to fork out the fees for a VET or university qualification just yet, microcredentials could be an affordable alternative that will get you into the jobs you’d like to do, even if they are starting positions for now.

Most importantly, microcredentials allow you to keep your skills and knowledge up to date in a rapidly changing world. Technology is advancing so fast that what you learn over a two- or three-year course might be obsolete by the time you finish. But with microcredentials, you can learn quickly and stay up to date.

Lots of microcredentials are industry-driven, which means that if they’re not designed by professionals in the roles, they’ll be approved by industry bodies and will therefore be recognised by lots of employers.

Recognised as a stand alone qualification, some mircocredentials may be “stacked” so that you’ll end up with a higher level outcome, and some courses might even count as credit towards VET, tertiary or other courses.

 

What does a microcredential involve?

 

Just like other courses, each microcredential is structured differently, so you’ll need to do some research before signing up.

Typically, they will consist of learning through live or pre-recorded seminars and other resources, and usually involve some sort of assessment or test to ensure you’ve taken the course content on board.

Once you’re finished, you’ll receive a digital badge or certificate to show you’ve successfully completed the course. You can add this to your digital portfolio, resume, or even show it off on platforms like LinkedIn.

There are different levels of courses from novice and advanced beginner, through to competent, proficient and expert, so you’ll need to pay attention to the criteria to make sure you have any pre-existing knowledge that’s required.

 

Check out Microcredseeker

MicroCred Seeker is a joint initiative between the Australian Government Department of Education and the Universities Admissions Centre, it allows you to easily browse and compare microcredentials available in Australia from tertiary education and training providers.

 

Want to know more?

 

It’s easy to take on microcredentials online. Here are some places you might be interested in looking at:

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