What are micro-credentials?

Pivot-Ed micro-credentials are cost-effective, focused certifications obtained by demonstrating competencies required by industry. These short-term programs will help you build on your skills to meet the evolving needs of your industry’s demands or help you unlock your next career. 

Upskill and Reskill

A micro-credential creates an avenue for individuals to adapt to the rapidly changing economy. Because they are assessment first, they build on existing knowledge and experience and create a tailored experience to suit individual needs and address specific gaps.

Industry Collaboration

Pivot-Ed micro-credentials are built with employers and industry partners to meet their identified talent demands. We work with employers and expert practitioners to identify talent gaps, define competencies, and design performance-based learning activities and assessments so learners can develop and demonstrate the hard and soft skills needed in the job.

Time and Access

Micro-credentials are specific, flexible, and accessible to anyone. They support all learners in achieving success on a schedule that meets their needs. They help employers adapt quickly to new challenges and opportunities.


Frequently Asked Questions

A Pivot-Ed micro-credential is a focused certification obtained by demonstrating competencies that are required by the workforce. A micro-credential visually verifies your competence through a secure digital badge and can be shared on social media (LinkedIn).

Pivot-Ed micro-credentials are competency-based and assessment-first. After enrolling in a Pivot-Ed micro-credential you are given an initial competency assessment. If your assessment shows that you have the competencies needed, then the micro-credential is issued right away. On the other hand, if the assessment identifies skills gaps, you receive a personalized learning path that focuses only on what you don’t know. This means that you only spend time and money on the training you need to get job ready!

Designed to align with industry demands, Pivot-Ed micro-credentials are tailored for anyone seeking to develop their competencies and knowledge in a specific field. These micro-credentials offer a flexible alternative to full-time study, accommodating the demanding schedules of busy individuals.

No need to wait! Start at any time and work at your own pace. No need to wait around for the next offering.

Two options are available to suit your needs:

A. The micro-credential bundle 

Provides access to the content, an initial competency assessment, feedback, an individualized learning pathway, and three attempts at the competency assessment. This option caters to individuals with a preference for a conventional online learning experience.

B. Assessment-only

Provides access to one attempt at the competency assessment. This is a great choice if you have previous experience in the subject area, want to curate your own learning materials, and want to challenge the credential.

Yes! Our micro-credentials are developed in collaboration with employers and industry experts to ensure they meet the demands, skills, and knowledge to thrive in the workforce.

When you successfully complete all assessments in a micro-credential you will receive a digital badge to represent your accomplishment, signifying the skills you've gained. It can be displayed on various platforms, such as social media profiles or digital portfolios, to showcase your expertise and achievements in a specific area of study.

Micro-credentials are particularly useful for newcomers to Canada who have experience and expertise in a particular discipline and are seeking Canadian recognition and a credential.

Financial assistance for skilled immigrants and refugees is available through Windmill Microlending.

"Micro-credentials give employees a portfolio of skills and competencies that will help them to pivot in their career and meet the needs of the workforce. There is an assessment of skills, regardless of how they were acquired, and then formal recognition for those skills is given with a Bow Valley College micro-credential."

Dr. Misheck Mwaba

President and CEO, Bow Valley College

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