A micro-credential is shorter than a qualification and certifies the learning of a defined set of skills, knowledge and attributes through a bite-sized course. It provides businesses with flexibility to rapidly adjust to changes in technology and the labour market.
Micro-credentials increasingly play a role in a range of settings, including work readiness, upskilling and reskilling, transitioning workers, and supporting people to gain additional skills and knowledge outside of their qualifications. They provide an opportunity for workers to engage in lifelong learning through shorter training opportunities as they progress through their career.
Employers benefit from their staff undertaking timely and targeted training that addresses current or future skills needs identified by industry, while individuals gain a recognised credential that can help them to get a job, change jobs, develop their career, and work towards a full qualification.
A South Australian Skills Commission endorsed micro-credential provides businesses and individuals with confidence that the course can deliver the contemporary skills required by industry.
South Australian Skills Commission Endorsement is determined based on the course’s alignment with the following five principles:
All micro-credentials include a statement of purpose, learning outcomes and evidence of current or anticipated need by industry, employers or the community.
The outcomes and impact of the program are subject to evaluation at the end of the pilot.