The University of Maine System Micro-Credentials

Gain relevant skills that are needed in today’s workforce.

A “micro-credential” showcases your competency in skills needed in today’s workforce. A verified credential is earned when learners are able to demonstrate what they know—and what they are able to do—related to a specific area of study. They showcase your understanding of a specific topic through evidence and application. And, the micro-credentials are made up of stacked digital badges along a pathway that highlight the skills needed to be successful. 

Micro-credentials are available cost-free to all students enrolled in a University of Maine System program. They are also available as professional development opportunities for individuals already in the workforce. 

Micro-credentials earned through the University of Maine System are:

Validated

Evidence-Based

Sharable

Portable

Stackable


Learn more about micro-credentials:

A digital badge is a validated online indicator of a learner’s accomplishment, skill or other achievement. It can be earned in many learning environments, including online or in the classroom. Badges communicate four things:
  • Who did something to earn a badge?
  • What did they do to earn a badge?
  • What can they do as a result of having earned a badge?
  • Who says they can do it?

Open Badges – There’s data inside!

  • The badge name
  • Badge URL (description)
  • Criteria for getting a badge
  • Image of the badge
  • The badge issuer
  • The issue date of the badge
  • The badge recipient
  • The tags associated with the badge
  • The badge alignment (standards)
  • The expiration date for
  • The evidence URL

For further information and to learn how to earn a digital badge contact ums.mc@maine.edu.

Each University of Maine System micro-credential is designed to take you from foundational knowledge and rigorous training to application in a real-world work setting. All University of Maine System pathways have three levels of badges. The final, stacked “macro-badge” indicates to employers and others that you are have completed and earned the micro-credential.

For further information and to learn how to earn a micro-credential contact ums.mc@maine.edu.

The University of Maine System micro-credentials are highly valued by employers. Micro-credentials are marketplace driven—which means you are getting education or training in areas that are in high demand by employers. There are many benefits for learners who have earned micro-credentials and digital badges, including:

  • Competencies become visible beyond what is seen on a transcript or resume
  • Demonstrate skills in real world settings
  • Upskill for greater marketability
  • Gain skills for industry-specific jobs and innovative opportunities
  • Gain work experience and receive valuable performance feedback
  • Differentiate yourself to stand out to employers
  • Better articulate your skills to potential employers
  • Enhances your digital identity

All badges can be shared on social media and professional sites—such as LinkedIn—as well as on your website, portfolio or resume.

Some micro-credentials offer academic credit toward your degree. See specific micro-credentials for details.

For further information and to learn how to earn a micro-credential contact ums.mc@maine.edu.

Micro-credentials and digital badges aid employers by:

  • Verifying the competencies of a job applicant in the hiring process
  • Providing evidence of a job applicant’s knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Showcasing ongoing professional development for current employees, which can lead to promotion and conversations about career paths

“The digital badge helps hiring managers with identifying the skills that these students have rather than having to sift through resumes. The digital badge easily identifies and separates them from other potential applicants.” – Joanna Morrison, Northern Light Health

For further information and to learn how to earn a micro-credential contact ums.mc@maine.edu.

The University of Maine System currently offers a variety of micro-credentials through Badgr. Check out the badge catalogue (External Site) of available micro-credentials, including:

And more!

The University of Maine System also offers “21st Century Skills Badges” through our partnership with Education Design Lab. Badges earned through the Education Design Lab’s 21st Century Skills Badges program can help you advance your competency of specific, in-demand skills that can help elevate you in the job search. Badges include:

  • Collaboration
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Empathy
  • Initiative
  • Intercultural Fluency
  • Oral Communication
  • Resilience

For further information and to learn how to earn a micro-credential contact ums.mc@maine.edu.

Students currently enrolled in University of Maine System programs can earn the following micro-credentials at no cost:

For further information and to learn how to earn a micro-credential contact ums.mc@maine.edu.

Working professionals may want to earn the following micro-credentials:

For further information and to learn how to earn a micro-credential contact ums.mc@maine.edu.

Adults aged 25 or older make up more than 36% of all students enrolled in degree programs, and over 60% of students who attend school part time. Micro-credentials are another great way to get the most out of your education. For example, you can earn the Computer Support Specialist (External Site) micro-credential through a partnership with the Maine Department of Education.

For further information and to learn how to earn a micro-credential contact ums.mc@maine.edu.


Learn more about 21st Century Skill Badges:

Employers want to hire people with 21st century, transferable skills.

The University of Maine System currently offers eight 21st Century Skill Badges through our partnership with the Education Design Lab’s BadgedToHireInitiative (External Link). Badges earned through this program can help you advance your competency of specific, in-demand skills that can help elevate you in the job search.

The University of Maine System was selected as one of three institutions to participate in the Education Design Lab’s initiative.

Each badge has four online modules that can take approximately 8-10 hours to complete from start to finish. However, because the badges are competency-based and self-paced it may take you less time. If you feel ready, you can always skip to the assessments. These badges are free for all University of Maine System students.

Badges include:

  • Collaboration
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Empathy
  • Initiative
  • Intercultural Fluency
  • Oral Communication
  • Resilience

Begin today! Register here (External Form).


For further information and to learn how to earn a micro-credential contact ums.mc@maine.edu.