Micro credentials are a way of packaging slices of knowledge. A quick Canva course is not a micro credential. You learn skills but you don’t get a recognised credential.
If you need to have proof that you have learned to the required standard, your proof will need to be recognised by people.
The easiest way to do this is to learn through a big organisation like a university, TAFE college or Registered Training Organisation, an organisation like Microsoft.
I need to be sure of what I am buying before I pay for a micro credential from someone I don’t know.
I lose stuff.
We need the provider of the micro credential to keep a record of our learning so that we can get it from them if we need it.
Your motivation to do a micro credential may be an employer requiring you to learn a new system or it may be a requirement of a job you want to move into. Many people aren’t motivated enough to finish their micro credentials because the motivation isn’t great enough.
Maybe they want skills or fun, not a qualification.
If your employer will benefit from you learning a new skill, you may be able to do part or all of the course in work time. The cost of doing the course could also be negotiated with your employer.
Micro credentials aren’t new, although the name may not be familiar. For years, people have learned how to become a barista, get a Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate or learn work’s new document management system.
The number and variety of courses becoming available is growing.