With more and more Canadians looking to colleges and institutes for upskilling and reskilling opportunities, microcredentials have never been in such high demand, or so important to Canada’s economy.
They can be incredibly varied however, with different approaches and programs on offer across the country. That is why we created a national framework to offer a standard definition and guiding principles that help educators create nimble and responsive micro-credentials that meet high quality standards and help learners choose the right credential for them.
- Microcredentials can be a complement to traditional credentials (certificate, diploma, degree or post-graduate certificate) or stand alone.
- Microcredentials are subject to a robust and rigorous quality assurance process.
- Microcredentials should represent competencies identified by employers/industry sectors to meet employer needs.
- Microcredentials may provide clear and seamless pathways across different credentials (both non-credit and credit) and may be stackable.
- Microcredentials are based on assessed proficiency of a competency, not on time spent learning.
- Microcredentials are secure, trackable, portable and competency is documented in students’ academic records.
- Microcredentials are to follow institutional approval processes.
Colleges and institutes offering microcredentials
Assiniboine Community College
Bow Valley College
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology
Cégep de La Pocatière
Cégep de Lévis
Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup
Cégep de Shawinigan
Cégep de Sherbrooke
Coast Mountain College
Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick
Collège de Rosemont
College of New Caledonia
College of the North Atlantic (CNA)
Dalhousie Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University
Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology
First Nations Technical Institute
George Brown College
Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
Medicine Hat College
New Brunswick Community College
North Island College
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Red River College Polytechnic
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
St. Lawrence College
University of the Fraser Valley