Businesses and industries in South Australia can now apply to have shorter, bespoke courses formally recognised through a 12-month business-led micro-credentials pilot program launched in late 2020. 

The pilot program outcomes will inform how South Australia shapes future Vocational Education and Training pathways to meet the emerging skills needs of industry. 

Micro-credentials in South Australia

A micro-credential is shorter than a qualification and certifies the learning of a defined set of skills, knowledge and attributes through a bite-sized course. It provides businesses with flexibility to rapidly adjust to changes in technology and the labour market.

Micro-credentials increasingly play a role in a range of settings, including work readiness, upskilling and reskilling, transitioning workers, and supporting people to gain additional skills and knowledge outside of their qualifications. They provide an opportunity for people to engage in life long learning through shorter training opportunities that are available as they progress through their career.

In South Australia, micro-credentials are endorsed by the Training and Skills Commission and focused on encouraging people to gain the contemporary skills, knowledge and attributes needed to support the development of more competitive businesses and engage in life long learning.

Employers benefit from their staff being able to access timely and targeted training that is delivered by skilled practitioners to address a current or future skills need that has been identified by industry. Individuals benefit from the opportunity to gain a credential for shorter courses that support them to get a job, change jobs, gain contemporary skills, develop their careers, and work towards a full qualification.

On successful completion of a micro-credential, learners are issued with a recognised credential by their training or education provider.

Endorsement principles

Endorsement of a micro-credential by the Commission provides confidence to businesses and individuals that the course can deliver the contemporary skills required by industry. 

Endorsement is determined based on the course’s alignment with the following five principles:

  1. Industry recognised skills gap unable to be met through the current nationally accredited training systems
  2. Certification of a person’s learning outcomes, including skills and competencies that reflect elements of licensing and other regulatory requirements (local, national and international) or contemporary industry practices
  3. Assessment of learning outcomes include core transferable skills and core job-specific skills required for job roles as identified by industry
  4. Supports people to adapt to changing job roles and workplaces, and/or to transition to a new industry
  5. Supports pathways between the school, vocational education and higher education sectors and can provide a pathway to accredited courses

To request endorsement of a micro-credential by the Commission, please complete and submit an Expression of Interest.

All micro-credentials include a statement of purpose, learning outcomes and evidence of current or anticipated need by industry, employers or the community.

The outcomes and impact of the program are subject to evaluation at the end of the 12-month pilot.

Course development

South Australia’s course development advisory service is supporting industry in the development of micro-credentials for endorsement by the Commission.

The course development advisory service can also support the development of nationally recognised accredited courses for approval by the Australian Skills Quality Authority.

Before looking to develop a new course, you can check what courses are currently available through the National Register of VET. To find out which courses the Government of South Australia subsidises, go to Skilled Careers.

If your business or industry needs new training developed, there is help available. To request support with the development of a new course, please provide your details here.

South Australia's course development advisory service guides industry proponents through the course development process to encourage training that meets contemporary industry skills needs.

Find out more 

Expression of Interest form

Register of South Australia’s endorsed micro-credentials

Frequently asked questions (PDF)

Guidelines (PDF)

Checklist for Endorsement (PDF)

Consultation Outcomes Report (PDF)