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March 19th, 2021 · 4 min read

The value of stackable credentials for advancing employee growth

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What are stackable credentials?

Why are stackable credentials becoming so popular?

Are there different types of stackable credentials? If so, what are they? 

  • Broadening acceptance – The rise in the assessment of credit-for-prior-learning as well as acceptance of a variety of industry-required certifications for credit at many higher-education institutions.
  • Influencing more industries – More traction of the “stacking” concept taking hold in industries such as IT, Engineering, Healthcare and Business. 
  • Widening range – Increased interest in earning digital badges, plus skills and competency mapping services for “soft-skills” such as leadership and team building.

What are some examples of academic institutions that offer stackable credentials?

How are stackable credentials beneficial to businesses offering workforce education?

  • Flexible and customizable – Stackable credentials take into account employees’ diverse backgrounds and needs. This nurtures more workforce-ready employees equipped to enable company growth.  
  • Relevant – Skills acquisition is top of mind for both adult learners and corporations alike. For example, frontline workforce populations benefit from learning skills in areas that provide on-ramps for career advancement, so the ability to earn credentials in the focus areas of digital literacy and communication will tie directly into their current flow of work. 
  • Accessible – The ability to bundle credentials and other individual short-form courses together into a customizable manner makes it easier to access high-quality education, bolstering equal opportunity for social and economic advancements for all.
  • Both immediate and future proof – Stackable credentials allow learners to gain valuable skills that would be immediately additive to the work they’re currently engaged in and contribute more to an organization’s success while paving the way for further learning down the line. 

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