Microcredentials are various types of awards verifying that specific outcomes have been achieved by the learner and provide more granular verification of specific technical content and professional knowledge and skills. Digital badges or certificates are examples of microcredentials. At Utah Tech, microcredentials are awarded for a variety of short programs or courses, either credit or non-credit, that include demonstration of specific knowledge, skills, and/or competencies. The focus of the microcredential programs at Utah Tech is on high demand workplace competencies.
While it takes several years to earn an academic degree, a microcredential can be earned in just a few weeks or in a semester or two. Documentation and verification of an earned microcredential can be immediately available on the learner’s digital device–a phone or computer, for instance–and can be provided to prospective employers on demand.
Official Utah Tech microcredentials are of the highest quality, having been reviewed by a committee of faculty, staff and students prior to approval. They contain learning standards, assessments, and clear documentation of transportable skills mastered that travel with learners through their career.