Status: closed

Project: Competencies and Micro-Credentials
Responsible Organization: BCcampus


During winter and spring 2020–2021, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, working with sector stakeholders and partners, developed a Micro-Credential Framework to support a coordinated and consistent approach to the development and delivery of micro-credentials across B.C.’s public post-secondary system. As this work took place, it was recognized that some components of the Framework required additional research. The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training is partnering with the British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer and BCcampus to lead research projects in six areas where further investigation is required to provide clarity around more complex components of the Framework. This work will assist the stakeholders to determine next steps regarding Framework implementation.


To understand how other jurisdictions active in micro-credentials approach competency frameworks and how they may inform future approaches in B.C.


It is understood that skills and competencies are a key feature of micro-credentials. Competency frameworks are the blueprint for effective micro-credential development, and an approach is required that brings together industry and post-secondary institutions. As such, an environmental scan is needed to discover how other jurisdictions and institutions use competency frameworks; from this information a strategy can be devised for B.C.

The scope will include key jurisdictions that successfully identify and communicate competencies and skills attained through micro-credentials.

Research Outcomes

  1. Identify features and approaches of creating competency frameworks in other jurisdictions.
  2. Summarize findings, identify best practices, and provide recommendations for possible next steps for B.C.

Proposed Time Line

Time line for submission:

  1. Submit proposal by November 23, 2021.
  2. Contract will be awarded on November 26, 2021.

Time line for work related to this call for proposals:

  1. Draft due by February 28, 2022 (this should include stakeholder engagement).
  2. Complete project by March 31, 2022.


Submit a professional report that meets the research outcomes to by March 31, 2022. Note: A draft is due February 28, 2022.


The total amount of the contract will be GST inclusive.

Payment to be negotiated upon award of contract.


Please submit your proposal using this application and email to by midnight on November 21. Any questions about this call can be addressed to the same.

The funders may seek to combine projects. Proponents should apply to all projects of interest, should suggest where they see opportunities to combine two or more projects, and should outline the benefits of doing so.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will guide the evaluation and selection of the successful proposal.


  • Roles and relevant experience of principal and team members who will work on the project are clearly described.
  • Project steps and milestones are clearly articulated and reasonable for the amount of effort noted.
  • Proposal clearly states an understanding of the deliverables and the intention of the project.


  • The budget is reasonable with regard to the work proposed.
  • The budget is easy to understand and clearly outlines the most significant line items required, along with a reasonable time line for expenses.
  • The budget clearly shows when the project work and related expenses will occur.