Micro-credentials better suited for upskilling, less so for comprehensive reskilling: HEQCO Report

A new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) explores the state of play for the province’s micro-credentials programming. Report authors Jackie Pichette and Rachel Courts found that micro-credentials are best employed to complement postsecondary credentials and meet upskilling needs. Conversely, the authors found that micro-credentials are less suited to meet comprehensive reskilling demands and may not be the best gateway into traditional postsecondary education. The authors provide recommendations to improve Ontario’s micro-credential strategy, suggesting that more data should be collected to ensure that micro-credential funding is optimized. They recommend that strategies around micro-credential programming should primarily focus on upskilling.