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What is a Micro-Credential

Micro-credentials are short-term learning credentials can be earned through completion of a course, workshop, internship or apprenticeship, project or other learning experience that will provide the participant with a focused skill or competency. Oklahoma State University–Stillwater offers non-credit micro-credentials to showcase learning, skills, and achievements designed to build a resume, upskill in the workforce, or provide a picture of professional capabilities. Micro-credentials validate knowledge through assessment and evaluations to make participants more marketable to employers, creating a competitive advantage in today’s workforce.


View OSU Micro-Credential Standards

What is a Digital Badge?

Risk Assessment micro-credentialUpon completion of a micro-credential, participants receive digital badges—a web-based image that contains metadata about a course (context and verification purposes). These badges can then be shared online, added to a LinkedIn or digital portfolio, or linked within a resume. OSU utilizes Badgr as the digital badge issuing system. Participants will be emailed access to their digital badge upon course completion and can find further instructions on downloading/uploading below.


Sharing Badges on LinkedIn

Sharing Badges on Social Media



Example of Digital Badge on a LinkedIn Profile


image of a micro-credential shared on LinkedIn

Example of a micro-credential shared on LinkedIn

Benefits of a Micro-Credential

  • FREEDOM: You choose what you learn—learn what you want, how you want, with more flexible financial and/or time commitments.
  • SPOTLIGHT: Showcases an additional layer of experience and expertise to future employers.
  • TRANSFERABLE: Can be utilized as a gateway to academic pathways if you desire, *not an option for all programs.
  • DIRECTION: With industry partners and support, your next job could be a click away.
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