A micro-credential is a small, focused, competency-based qualification that the learner can quickly apply in an area of industry need.
In January 2021, BCcampus was asked by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training to help draft a framework for micro-credentials. Many people are involved in the project, and the role of BCcampus is to contribute to the draft framework, then consult stakeholders for valuable feedback. BCcampus is also providing some learning opportunities to the B.C. region and beyond to increase awareness and understanding.
Micro-credentials are the result of post-secondary institutions working together with industry and non-profit associations. They are flexible, small, bite-size pieces of learning that are highly applicable.
Who is it for?
The micro-credential project will benefit many people in our province — people who need to retrain to meet an industry skills gap, those who want to be recognized for skills they already have, and learners who have barriers to access that need to be removed. Stakeholders for this project include learners, industry, post-secondary institutions, and non-profit associations.
The manager for the BCcampus micro-credentials project is Ross McKerlich.