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Professional microcredentials focused on in-demand skills as we move to a post-pandemic recovery

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: July 5, 2021 5:00 a.m.

The University of Regina Centre for Continuing Education is launching its first microcredentials program this fall for people who are looking to upskill, reskill or build skills.
The University of Regina Centre for Continuing Education is launching its first microcredentials program this fall for people who are looking to upskill, reskill or build skills. Photo: stock

For more than a year, many of us have wondered what life will be like as we begin to take steps towards normalcy. In relation to our work lives, we’ve wondered: What has and what will change in the world of work? What have we learned from this pandemic that we will retain? How will my own work evolve and change? And, what do I need to learn so that I can adapt to these changes? 

“For many of us working in the field of university continuing education, this past year has been focused on getting ready to take steps towards normalcy by developing programs that will support our communities’ pandemic recovery while supporting individuals and employers to take the exciting next steps in their careers and their businesses,” said Dr. Christie Schultz, director of the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE). 

Building on its core strengths of career and professional development programming, and with the needs of industry and individuals at the center, CCE is launching its first professional microcredentials. Professional microcredentials provide highly focused training allowing individuals to quickly enhance skills or obtain new skills that employers need, creating opportunities to upskill, reskill and build skills that are in demand. 

Ensuring access to these opportunities has been an important feature of the design of these new credentials. Badges can be completed in a few days. Complete three badges in a few months or up to two years to earn a Professional Microcredential, all with no previous post-secondary education or prerequisites required. Currently being offered through remote delivery, they can be taken anywhere there is an internet connection. 

“We anticipate that our professional microcredentials will allow employers to develop and attract talent with a specific skill set to improve long-term business performance and successfully respond to a continuously evolving business landscape,” said Schultz.  “At the same time, employees themselves will benefit by building in-demand skills that can help advance their careers and open doors to new opportunities.” 

In keeping with the evolving world of work and learning, the completion of each badge earns digital recognition of a particular skill or skillset which can be shared online with professional communities and potential employers, through email, on resumes and more. Completing three badges in a specific area will earn the professional microcredential. 

With pandemic recovery in mind, the three professional microcredentials being launched this fall are: 

  • Responsive Management Professional Microcredential – badges include managing hybrid teams, crisis management and resilient leadership.
  • Project Compliance Professional Microcredential – badges include contract management for performance, strategic approaches to risk and successful quality management.
  • High Impact Leadership Professional Microcredential – badges include navigate difficult conversations, manage power dynamics and assertive leadership.

More information on professional microcredentials, including potential federal and provincial funding opportunities, is available at: www.uofrmicrocredentials.ca

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