WEB20: Microcredentialing and generational use of credentials

On-demand Webinar


The emergence of alternative credentials is well documented as part of the evolving credentialing landscape. Some alternative credentials include digital badges, nano-degrees, verified certificates, stackable credentials, and micro-credentials, the topic of this webinar. Within the array of alternative credentials, micro-credentials are a viable, credible means for credentialing enterprises to meet the needs of an ever-evolving learner, worker and/or certified person. Credentialing enterprises are also enhancing their portfolio of credential offerings with micro-credentials, some of them stemming from or supplementing certifications or training programs, and others being developed independently to fill a needed job function, skill set, or knowledge area.

Still undefined, micro-credentials are generally agreed to as a smaller, discrete, specialized opportunity for education and skills assessment, for both learners wanting to demonstrate a level of proficiency in a skill and/or job function, and workers seeking the same to remain current in and/or advance in their jobs, some of which may already require training or certification.

Explore models of micro-credentials within existing credentialing ecosystems, and learn how micro-credentials are one way for credentialing enterprises to respond to the needs and preferences of their constituents.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Understand terminology: certification, certificates and micro-credentials—what is unique about these forms of credentials, and how/where can certifications and certificates incorporate micro-credentials into their portfolio
  • Identify the need: make the decision to develop micro-credentials and determine their value through a review of case-studies from credentialing enterprises that developed micro-credentials, and their reasons for designing specific model
  • Assess your market: how to make the match between the micro-credential and your credentialing enterprises' current and future constituents.

Format: Live Webinar 
Audience: All levels of credentialing professionals
Duration: Approximately 1 hour, including time for Q&A


Member price: $90
Nonmember price: $135

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Christine Niero, PhD, Professional Testing, Inc.

Dr. Niero heads the Washington D.C. office for Professional Testing, Inc. and is a senior executive who brings over twenty-five years of experience in credentialing and non-profit management with a record of highly successful client outcomes. Dr. Niero has demonstrated skills and expertise in developing and implementing viable credentialing programs, policy development, establishing operational and governance structures, optimizing management functions, leadership development, strategic planning, standard setting and accreditation. Dr. Niero is an astute team builder, skilled leader and facilitator with the ability to bring together diverse perspectives. A recognized leader, Dr. Niero frequently provides presentations on the topic of certification at major industry meetings, including ICE, Association of Test Publishers (ATP), Europe-ATP, Certification Networking Group (CNG), American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). 


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