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What is a Microcredential?

Microcredentials provide a streamlined approach to learning, offering key skills and experiences sought after by today's employers.

Convenient - Learn skills in months, not years

Stackable - Gain credits toward Advanced degrees

Portable - Earn a digital badge to display your knowledge 


What is a Digital Badge?

A Digital Badge enhances your professional image and online visibility, as it showcases your specialized skills and achievements. It is a digital representation that you have earned a distinct microcredential, emphasizing your abilities in particular areas that employers seek. You maintain complete control over how these badges are displayed, making them a valuable addition to your online profiles and resumes. These badges are more than mere icons; they signify your personal journey of professional advancement, empowering you to confidently display your ongoing learning and expertise.

Earn & Highlight Your Microcredential

Step 1 

Discover and enroll in your chosen microcredential program.

Instructions for enrollment are on each program page.  

Step 2

Complete the requirements for the microcredential.  

No two microcredentials at SUNY Oswego are the same.  Each has different requirements for completion.  Some consist of academic courses; non-credit training, while others may include completing a project.  Please carefully review the requirements on each program page.

Step 3 

Accept your badge through Credly. 

Digital badges are the visual icons that represent your microcredential.  Credly is the platform SUNY Oswego uses to issue digital badges. Once you complete all of the requirements of your microcredential, you will be given instructions to accept your badge through Credly.

Step 4

Show off your badge!

Use and share your badge on digital resumes, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Your digital badge is clickable and houses information such as the date earned, the criteria required to earn the badge, and the evidence that shows that you have met the required criteria.

Why enroll in a microcredential program?

  • Showcase your skills to an employer aligned with industry standards. 
  • Smaller than a minor and less time commitment necessary. No more than 11 credits can be earned in as little as 3 months (or 1 semester).
  • Be a lifelong learner. You get to choose what you learn about without committing to a full degree.
  • Our microcredentials are offered in two different facets: credit-bearing or non-credit. If you receive Oswego credit for completing the degree, it will be on your SUNY Oswego academic record and you earn a digital badge. If you choose non-credit, you will earn your digital badge through Credly. 
  • No need to stress about fees or extra costs. Microcredentials are part of a straight tuition rate, so you only pay what you sign up for. 

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For Faculty & Staff

Why should you make a SUNY Oswego microcredential available? To help students define and give proof of skills learned. Microcredentials are smaller than a minor but provide digital proof of completion. The goal of our microcredential program is to satisfy the needs of both students and industry today and in the future.

How to make a microcredential

Integrative Professional Studies

Do you want to know how some students turn microcredentials into a degree? Our Integrative Professional Studies (IPS) can be your pathway to a BS or BA degree. Find out more about our brand-new Integrative Professional Studies.

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