Exploring the Possibilities of Microcredentials
Microcredentials allow professionals to demonstrate knowledge, skill, and abilities in a narrowly defined competency. By offering a microcredentialing program, the sponsor organization can develop new opportunities to engage both candidates and certificants through additional recognition of a specific skill set or knowledge area.
What are microcredentials?
- Attest to achievement of specific knowledge or skill
- Include an online assessment
- Focus on bite-sized content
How is microcredentialing used?
- Recognizes people who specialize in a certain field, approach, or technique
- Provides a path to reach designated milestones
- Can be used as a method to recertify
What are the benefits of offering microcredentials?
- Allows professionals to showcase their achievements in areas of narrow scope
- Increases revenue for the certification organization
- Offers stakeholders flexible and achievable opportunities for growth
- Recognizes those who are changing careers and may not receive full certification in the new field
- Provides alternative way to maintain and recognize continuing professional development (for recertification)
- Adapts to modern learners who want alternate methods of credentialing:
What should a credentialing organization consider when thinking about microcredentials?
- Objective of microcredentialing program
- Value of the microcredential to the profession
- Content focus of the microcredential
- Process for earning the microcredential
- Eligibility requirements
- Duration of microcredential
- Ability to revoke the credential
- Issuance of badge
How can an organization leverage microcredentials?
REQUIRING TWO (OR MORE) MICROCREDENTIALS FOR CERTIFICATION