Regulation of Micro-credentials in Trinidad and Tobago

Since the turn of the century, there has been an increase in employer demand for employees with skills, not necessarily evident by the possession of degrees.1 Learners are now seeking programmes that are more appropriate to their careers and which do not require as significant an investment in finances and time as do degree programmes.

Micro-credentials are playing an important role in the training and education sectors and continual development of individuals in the workplace. An increasing number of persons are recognising the need to acquire job-specific skills and knowledge, beyond their traditional qualifications. As job requirements change over time, employers and workers recognise the importance of keeping abreast of changes and the need for acquisition of new skills. This has led to a proliferation of skill development programmes being offered by many players at all levels of the education system, including the post secondary and tertiary levels.

The Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) intends to establish mechanisms to regulate the provision of micro-credentials offered at the post secondary and tertiary levels. This is in keeping with ACTT’s mandate to quality assure post secondary and tertiary institutions and programmes. The framework that will be established for the regulation of micro-credentials will, inter alia, facilitate development of the training and education sector and the development of the nation’s human capital.

The public at large is invited to review the proposed standards and to submit comments via the links below.

1 (Kasriel, S. 2018 cited in Ralston, 2020)

Standards for Regulating Micro-credentials