What are Micro-Credentials?

Micro-credentials are industry or institution-recognised certifications that focus on specific skills and competencies. Unlike traditional degrees or diplomas, micro-credentials are typically earned through short-term courses, workshops, or online modules. They enable individuals to acquire new knowledge and stay current in their field without committing to long-term degree programs.

 

“We need to move beyond conventional full qualifications, such as diplomas and degrees, to deliver more timely and bite-sized training, or micro-credentials… Such just-in-time and flexible learning supplements existing recruitment, retention, and upskilling efforts – and will be key to the future of work. I hope more in-employment learners will be encouraged to take charge of their own lifelong learning journeys.”

 

– Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister of Education

How do micro-credentials differ from traditional degrees or certifications?

Micro-credentials are more targeted and focused on specific skills or knowledge areas, whereas traditional degrees provide a broader education. Micro-credentials are typically earned faster and often have a practical, industry-relevant focus. 
 

Benefits of Micro-Credentials

Micro-Credentials Recognised by Temasek Polytechnic

 

Micro-Credentials Attained in the Last 4 Years Recognised Towards

Blended Short Course (98 hours e-learning + 12 hours face-to-face sessions)

Specialist Diploma in Aquaculture Management & Technology (SDAMT)

  • PDC exempted: Aquatic Animal Health & Nutrition

Nanodegree Certification offered by TP and Udacity:

  • AI Programming with Python
  • Introduction to Machine Learning with Tensor Flow

Specialist Diploma in AI Solution Development

  • Module exempted: Principles of Machine Learning

Nanodegree Certification offered by TP and Udacity:

  • Business Analytics

Specialist Diploma in Data Science for Business

  • Module exempted: Data Visualisation Fundamentals

Industry Certification by Cisco:

  • Cisco Certifed Network Associate (CCNA Certification) 

Diploma in Infocomm and Digital Media (ICT Systems, Services & Support)

  • Module exempted: Data Communication and Networking 

Industry Certification by AWS 

  • AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate Certification 
  • AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional Certification

Diploma in Infocomm and Digital Media (ICT Systems, Services & Support)

  • Module exempted: Cloud Computing & Security

The list will be updated in time to come. We hope the above information will help you plan and select the micro-credentials you wish to attain to meet your learning needs and pursue full qualification in future.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What may constitute a micro-credential?

What may constitute a micro-credential?
  • Industry-recognised and assessed learning (eg. Cisco or Nanodegree Certification) that are designed to meet job-skills needs.
  • Modularised subjects from Institutes of Higher Learning that are stackable towards Full Qualification certifications (eg. Diploma, Specialist Diploma, Degree).

Are micro-credentials recognised and valued by employers?

Are micro-credentials recognised and valued by employers?

Yes, many employers value micro-credentials as they indicate a commitment to continuous learning and a willingness to acquire specific skills. However, recognition may vary depending on the industry, employer, and specific micro-credential earned.

Who issues micro-credentials?

Who issues micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials can be issued by various educational institutions, universities, colleges, professional associations, and online learning platforms. They are designed to be flexible and responsive to the needs of learners and industries.

Do micro-credentials have an expiration date?

Do micro-credentials have an expiration date?

Micro-credentials typically do not expire, as they represent a specific set of skills or knowledge acquired. However, it's essential to stay updated with industry advancements as new technologies or practices change.

How long does it take to earn a micro-credential?

How long does it take to earn a micro-credential?

The duration varies depending on the micro-credential program. Some can be completed in a matter of weeks, while others may take a few months. Micro-credentials are designed to be flexible and fit into busy schedules.

Are there any prerequisites or requirements to earn a micro-credential?

Are there any prerequisites or requirements to earn a micro-credential?

Prerequisites and requirements can vary depending on the micro-credential program. Some may have specific educational or experience prerequisites, while others may be open to anyone interested in the topic. It's important to review the programme requirements before enrolling.

Are micro-credentials transferable between institutions or organisations?

Are micro-credentials transferable between institutions or organisations?

Transferability of micro-credentials can vary. Some institutions or organisations may recognise and accept micro-credentials earned from others, while others may not. It's important to research the recognition policies of the institutions or employers you're interested in.

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