A microcredential is a certification of assessed learning or competency, with a minimum volume of learning of one hour and less than an AQF award qualification, that is additional, alternate, complementary to or a component part of an AQF award qualification. [Definition: National Microcredentials Framework]
Minimum one hour duration
Clear learning outcomes upon completion
Outcomes are assessed in some way
Certification of achievement
Relatively speaking. Microcredentials are being actively promoted by the Australian Government to meet growing demand for short-form courses that enable adults, especially those who already have a qualification, to upskill rapidly in an area of interest to them. They have been trialed by some of the universities while the government was building the marketplace platform.
Individual courses marketed as microcredentials do not have to be approved by any authority in the same way as national qualifications. However, they should meet the baseline requirements to use the descriptor 'microcredential'. Check that the main elements listed above are part of the marketing description.
The Australian Government has developed a platform to act as a marketplace where viewers can locate and compare these short courses. Check out MyCredSeeker to see the wide range of subjects, delivery options, and course pricing.
No. Some courses that offer a microcredential are over 12 weeks in duration. A micro course is a snippet of learning focused on a specific aspect of a larger topic, and it usually only has one learning outcome.