What’s a microcredential?
A microcredential is a skill set focused on a specific career path or discipline, earned in a shorter timeframe than a certificate or degree.
It can be an ideal leg up for those new to the workforce or those looking to pivot in their careers.
A microcredential is not necessarily a self-contained course – it may be a short series of regularly-offered SUNY Broome courses, and students not enrolled in the microcredential may be taking the class as well.
Who are microcredentials for?
Microcredentials can be for anyone.
If you’re unemployed, a microcredential can help you build a basic set of marketable skills to get your foot into the employment market door, or get a taste for the options available at SUNY Broome and pursue a certificate or an associate’s degree.
If you’re working, a microcredential can help you build on your existing skills to get a new job, a promotion or a raise, or see what certificates or degrees SUNY Broome can offer you to re-tool or re-skill for a new career direction.
What’s involved in earning a microcredential?
Earning a microcredential involves taking one or more pre-selected classes at SUNY Broome and satisfying course requirements such as reading, discussion participation, projects and more.
Courses have a set class time, but will also require independent work, and that amount of time will vary by class.
What microcredential topics are offered?
How long does it take to complete a microcredential?
What does SUNY Broome define as a semester?
Are microcredentials available on demand (start and finish whenever you want)?
SUNY Broome’s spreadsheet non-credit microcredential series and HTML/CSS non-credit microcredential series are both offered in an on-demand format. Other non-credit microcredentials may follow a different schedule that will still specify a start and end date.
Credit microcredentials follow the SUNY Broome academic calendar.
How long to I have to complete an on-demand microcredential?
Registering for Microcredentials
Do I have to be a SUNY Broome student to enroll?
How do I enroll?
Where do I register for a microcredential?
For non-credit microcredentials, please register via SUNY Broome’s Continuing Education Department Course Catalog or by phone at 607-778-5012.
Can I start in the middle of a microcredential series if I already have experience with the programs?
When can I register for an on-demand microcredential?
Paying for Microcredentials
How much does it cost to take a microcredential at SUNY Broome?
Can I pay online with a credit card?
Is financial aid available?
Additional funding opportunities may be available based on current grants – reach out to email@example.com for more information.
How does financial aid work related to microcredentials?
Financial aid is not currently available for non-matriculated students (students not enrolled in a degree or certificate program) seeking a microcredential.
Non-credit microcredential courses are not currently eligible for financial aid, whether you are a matriculated student or not.
Can I apply financial aid to a microcredential if I’m a full-time student?
If the microcredential courses are required in your degree program, they can count as part of the 12 credits to be full-time.
Can I apply financial aid to a microcredential if I’m a part-time student?
What if I change my mind after I start taking the microcredential? Do I still have to pay?
For non-credit microcredentials, no refunds are offered within five days of the start of the course (please refer to the refund policy in our catalog).
What does a microcredential do for me? I’m not seeing job postings that list a microcredential as a requirement to apply for certain positions.
They’re also an ideal way to explore whether a career or industry you’re considering is right for you.
How do I showcase or explain my microcredential skill set on my resume or LinkedIn?
On LinkedIn or an electronic resume, microcredential badge holders can link to a verified Credly badge to show course completion.
Potential employers viewing your microcredential badge can link to the badge’s corresponding page on Credly.com, which explains course requirements and outcomes in depth.
What does the credential badge earned at completion mean? Will potential employers understand what skills I’ve learned?
You can also highlight it on your resume.