1 August 2018

NZQA approves micro-credentials

NZQA has announced the implementation of micro-credentials as part of  New Zealand’s regulated education and training system. 

NZQA has announced the implementation of micro-credentials as part of  New Zealand’s regulated education and training system.

Content: Micro-credentials, also known as badges, nano-credentials and nano-degrees, are stand-alone products that enable learners to access specific knowledge and skills in a cost-effective and time-efficient way. At 5 to 40 credits, they are smaller than qualifications.

NZQA is currently reviewing the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. One aim of the review is to enable the framework to allow for the recognition of other types of learning, like micro-credentials. This will ensure the new framework reflects the evolving nature of work, globalisation and the impact of digital technologies.

The move reflects the disruption we’re seeing in education delivery and potential for further online delivery.

While many jobs will always require full qualifications, there is a growing number of cases where micro-credentials might be more appropriate, as people require new up-to-date skills to keep pace with the changing workforce.

A micro-credentials system allows learners to ‘future-proof’ themselves by accessing a wide range of education and training options.

In August 2017, NZQA undertook a micro-credential pilot project with a range of organisations, which revealed a high degree of interest in the concept from a range of individuals and organisations in New Zealand.

For more information, please visit the NZQA website.

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