Microcredentials are becoming increasingly popular among students and professionals looking to gain new skills and advance their careers. One of the benefits of microcredentials is their flexibility. Unlike traditional academic degrees, which can take years to complete, microcredentials are focused on specific skills and can be earned in a much shorter time frame. This makes them an attractive option for students who want to quickly gain new skills or professionals who want to add to their existing expertise.
The Council of the European Union (EU) has adopted a Recommendation on a European approach to microcredentials for lifelong learning and employability. The Recommendation seeks to support the development, implementation and recognition of microcredentials across institutions, businesses, sectors and borders.
The recommended scope of a microcredential is between 1 and 59 ECTS. In reality, to support microlearning most microcredentials will be smaller stackable components.