What is a micro-credential?

A micro-credential is a certification that recognizes specific skills, learning outcomes or competencies that are valued by industry and employers. A skill is a specific learned activity, whereas a competency is a combination of knowledge, skills and behaviours, and includes not only “what you do”, but “how you do it”. NAIT issues one micro-credential, in the form of a digital badge, for each competency or learning outcome.

Benefits of micro-credential

How are micro-credentials beneficial to the learner?

  • Personalized Upskilling: Choose micro-credentials that focus on specific skills or topics that match your career or areas of interest.

  • Recognize both soft and hard skills: Earn micro-credentials for job-specific skills or transferable skills that can be applied to many different jobs.

  • Shareable: Display your digital badge to your peers, professional network and potential employers.

How are micro-credentials beneficial to employers and organizations?

  • Scalability: Micro-credentials allow all types and sizes of organizations to identify specific skills in both current and potential employees.
  • Responding to emerging areas: Micro-credentials allow employers to resolve new and emerging skills gaps in their workforce in a quick and cost-effective manner.
  • Competitive Advantage: Micro-credentials make your organization better at meeting changing market demands than your closest competitors.

Frequently asked questions

What is a digital badge?

A digital badge is evidence of your micro-credential and comes in the form of an emblem. It contains meta-data that includes your name, the name of the issuing institution (NAIT), the name of the microcredential, and in some cases an expiry date. 

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How do I earn a micro-credential?

NAIT micro-credentials are earned by demonstrating learning outcomes or competencies through participation in specific courses and assessments.

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How do I share my digital badge?

Once you have completed your course, you will receive an email from MyCreds with instructions on how to download your digital badge. Since the badges are digital, they can be easily shared on your personal social media accounts (such as LinkedIn), displayed on your online resume or included as part of your email signature. 

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What is MyCreds and how does it work?

MyCreds is one of the most trusted digital badge distribution platforms. Their end-to-end solution is used for creating, issuing and managing digital badges. MyCreds is used by many post-secondary institutions and organizations across the world. 

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Can I earn a certificate or diploma through micro-credentials?

Yes. A learner can complete individual micro-credentials and combine or stack them towards earning a certificate or diploma.

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