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Learn Emerging Skills for a Changing Workplace
To thrive in your career, you must keep pace with new developments and emerging skills, and Western’s Microcredentials will redefine how you consume quality Higher Education experiences. They are a great way to maintain currency in your field.
Microcredentials are designed to be short, stackable, industry relevant, and digitally credentialed learning experiences, all hosted within our microcredentials platform - WesternX.
Created in conjunction with leading industry partners, our suite of Microcredentials expands across all areas of study including in Business, Medicine, Nursing, Education, Engineering, Environmental Science, IT, Sustainability and more.
Why choose Microcredentials at Western?
Our Microcredentials are versatile and can comprise one or more features:
- Innovative & Current
- Co-designed with industry partners
- Available online and can be started anytime
- Self-paced or scheduled
- Address professional learning needs or Continuous Professional Development (CPD) requirements
- Designed by world-class academics
- May contribute towards credit when enrolling in a qualification
Your Future at Your Pace.
I wish this short course was available to me before coming into a nursing degree. It would have helped me so much doing this course before I started as a Bachelor of Nursing student, it would have prepared me so much more.
Thank you, WSU, for being a huge part of my journey into nursing through the attainment of the degree. As a mature age student and having worked from the ground up, from AIN to EN, and now RN, I am excited about what my future holds.
- Susanne Rust, Preparation for Tertiary Nursing Studies
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Microcredentials are industry relevant, university certified courses which enable you to address professional learning needs and advance your skill set without needing to commit to a full multi-year degree.
The National Microcredentials Framework defines microcredentials as a certification of assessed learning or competency, with a minimum volume of learning of one hour and less than an AQF award qualification, that is additional, alternate, complementary to or a component part of an AQF award qualification.
Microcredentials at Western are taught through the online learning platform OpenLearning. Through this platform you are able to learn at your own pace through interactive and engaging modules. Through these courses you are also part of a growing classroom, able to connect with other learners and your teacher. Some specialised courses are also taught through online zoom sessions and face-to-face sessions on campus or other facilities.
Each course landing page will provide the following information:
- Course summary
- Learning outcomes
- Any prior learning requirements
- Duration or estimated hours to complete
- Delivery mode (e.g. fully online, scheduled webinars etc)
- If the credential can be used for credit towards a subject or program at Western Sydney University
Upon successful completion of each microcredential, you will receive a digital credential in the form of a badge and/or certificate. Western uses Accredible, which enables you to securely access and share your achievements at any point in time.
Digital credentials are badges and/or certificates which note the completion of Microcredentials and provide additional evidence of your commitment to increasing your skill set in a particular field.
These credentials can be shared to social media and professional networking sites (e.g. LinkedIn) or embedded in email signatures, websites and more.
Learn more about digital credentials at Western here.
Please refer to the individual microcredential landing page.
Microcredential Stack means a cohesive set of microcredentials that collectively meets specified learning outcomes.
FEE-HELP is not available for Microcredentials through Western at the moment, but is subject to change in the future.