Micro-credentials

Competencies are a collection of skills, knowledge, attitudes and abilities that enable an individual to perform job roles. The Climate Adaptation Competency Framework is focused on helping individuals and organizations develop these competencies to advance climate adaptation action. 

But how will climate adaptation competencies be recognized in the marketplace? Adaptation Learning Network is evaluating interest in offering and recognizing micro-credentials for courses which have content and learning strategies that help to develop climate adaptation competencies. 

We have a project underway, exploring whether there is support to award and recognize credentials for ALN courses, and for other courses focused on climate adaptation. This project is seeking input from:  

  • professional associations and their membership 
  • employers 
  • post-secondary institutions 

The ALN Micro-credential Strategy for Climate Adaptation Competencies is funded by Natural Resources Canada and BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Micro-certification
Micro-credentials certify an individual’s achievements in specific skills and differ from traditional education credentials, such as degrees and diplomas, in that they are shorter, can be personalized and provide distinctive value and relevance in the changing world of work. 
Credential 
A credential is awarded at the completion of a program of study recognized by a provincial government.  
Credit-bearing
A unit of study that contributes toward (or could contribute toward) completion of the requirements of a credential recognized by a provincial government. 
Not-for-credit
A unit of study or work or participation that does not itself contributes toward the completion of the requirements of a credential recognized by the provincial government. Note: ALN courses are currently "not-for-credit".
                    Adapted from RMIT University in Australia and eCampusOntario.

Understanding Micro-credentials