How do credentials work?

Deakin’s Professional Practice credentials are a new way of recognising the skills and knowledge you’ve developed through learning, work and experience that you can use to open up new pathways for professional growth and postgraduate study.

How to apply

The Deakin credential assessment process is designed to be fast, simple and straightforward. You don’t need to sit an exam or attend a class to demonstrate your chosen skill. The process is completed in five steps:

  1. Choose from our wide range of credentials.
  2. Think of examples from your professional experience that demonstrate your skills.
  3. Gather your evidence documents to support each example.
  4. Write your reflective testimony that bring your examples and evidence together to show how you meet the criteria for the credential.
  5. Complete a recorded video testimony where you will answer questions about your skills.

Credentials for career success

When you’re awarded a credential you will receive a digital badge that you can use to document your credential on your CV, add to your LinkedIn profile and use to your advantage during conversations about professional advancement.

Credentials are useful if you want to be recognised for your current skills in order to advance your career. They may be recognised by your employer or by your industry as proof of your capability, or they may lead to credit towards further study at Deakin University.

The difference between credentials and formal qualifications

Credentials are 'micro signals' of achievement aligned with dimensions of workplace practice. They are not degree qualifications by themselves – but their levels of achievement align with international skills and qualification frameworks.

Unlike traditional learning, credentials are about recognising the skills you already have.

Credentials are designed for experienced professionals looking for formal recognition of their skills and knowledge. They’re offered at three levels (aligned to bachelor, pre-master's and master's levels) and are suited to a range of professionals, from those early in their career to those with significant experience.

Credentials can recognise a specific technical skill, like data-driven marketing, as well as employability skills like leadership and problem solving.

We recommend you read the credential candidate guides on the relevant credential pages to understand the requirements before registering into a credential and level. If you don’t meet the level you’ve applied for, you can be awarded the level below. The candidate guides can be found on the individual credentials webpages.

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Earn credentials anywhere, anytime

The credentialling process is 100% online. This includes all assessment activities and, as there is no coursework, activities can be completed around work and family commitments.

Once you've registered for a credential, you'll access Mymicrocredentials to build and upload your evidence, and record and submit your video testimony in preparation for assessment.

Putting a credential submission together generally only takes around eight hours. All you need is a computer with a microphone and camera, and a good internet connection.

Assessment of your submission

Once you've completed your credential submission, it will generally be assessed within two weeks. During the assessment process you'll have an opportunity to submit further evidence or testimony if needed.

Unlike traditional learning assessments, there is no grading scale for credentials. The final outcome will be that your submission has either satisfied or not satisfied the standard of achievement at the required level.

Find out more about our straightforward assessment process