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What are Micro-credentials, and how are they advantageous for your RTO?


What are Micro-credentials Micro-credentials are short, low-cost online courses that, when completed, give learners a digital certification. These new credentials allow those who don’t meet academic qualifications to still get credentialed as they learn more and improve their skills in an industry area of interest.

They are mainly available through Vocational Education and mostly focus on employable skills. They can also be created by breaking down a unit of competency into smaller or micro-courses. These courses are fully accredited and endorsed by an industry body. With micro-credentials, students can identify their desired skill set without committing to an expensive degree. They may already be trained or educated on another level but are looking for ways to make themselves more and so wish to up-skill.

The Why of Micro-credentials Micro-credentials are in high demand to meet the needs of future workers who need various skills. This is necessary because many industries, especially those related to tech and digital space, require quickly evolving skills that become obsolete. The current workforce must stay relevant to remain competitive in the job market.

Disruption through Covid The effects of COVID-19 have created a demand for healthcare workers to learn how to protect themselves with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Short courses are being offered in specific areas, such as protection against the virus's spread through the use of PPE.

The healthcare sector is the industry most affected. However, others will need to adopt a similar approach. As a result of this new infection control training requirement, ASQA has announced support for RTOs in the retail, food and beverage manufacturing, and transport logistics sectors.

Industry Changes In recent years, more and more businesses are beginning to appreciate skill sets over diplomas or degrees. This approach benefits employers by allowing them to hire with specific skills in mind and strategically employ skilled workers without the pressure of finding employees with the perfect blend of qualifications. With this approach, companies can design teams strategically while also opening opportunities for VET-educated workers who may not have had a chance otherwise because they were passed over due to lack of a degree.

Advantages for RTOs

The advantages for RTOs to offer micro-credentials are numerous:

  • The completion rate for students will improve, and they're more likely to re-enrol

  • Gain a better understanding of student pathways with better information gathered through each learning experience they take

  • Far greater reach and endorsement for your RTO’s brand through social media sharing of branded digital credentials each student obtains

  • In a rapidly evolving world where skills can quickly become outdated, micro-credentials are vital in finding solutions. Are you looking to add micro-credentials to your course offering? At RTO Intelligence, we can help you explore the options and software available to offer your clients micro-credentials. For more info, call us on 1300 833 424 or email

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