Future proof your career in the changing world of work

Designed for Australia, OpenCred enables lifelong learners to stay relevant for tomorrow’s world

Future proof your career in the changing world of work

Designed for Australia, OpenCred enables lifelong learners to stay relevant for tomorrow’s world

By 2030 it is predicted that we will spend, on average:


more time per week
learning skills on the job


the time at work
solving problems


more time on critical
thinking and judgment


more time using science
and mathematics skills

Work, in 2030, will be continually changing

Continuous learning will be part of our everyday engagement in work.

Learning on the job will require us all to constantly respond to new information and new technology when making decisions.

By 2055, 50% of today’s workplace tasks will be automated.

Your best defense is to continue to upskill, or as executive career coach Dana Theus of InPower Coaching suggests, “future-proof” your career by continually working on your professional development.

“Even people whose jobs aren’t lost [due to digital disruption] often have new challenges dealing with new tools, customers and suppliers because of these trends,” notes Theus.

Technological advances are happening right now that will affect how you lead in the not-too-distant future.

OpenCreds and

In keeping with the definition proposed in the Review of the AQF:

“An OpenCred is a certification of assessed learning that is additional, alternative, complementary to or a component part of a formal qualification.”

OpenCreds are:

  • Adistinct type of micro-credential, set out in this framework and designed to meet the needs of the Australian education sector, industry, and most importantly its lifelong learners.
  • An extension of OpenLearning, an Australian company and lifelong learning platform, which exists to increase access to higher quality education.
  • Created by leading universities, colleges, industry and association bodies, OpenCreds are designed for you to build in-demand career skills.

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OpenCreds Classification

An OpenCred may be a stand-alone credential, designed to provide value to a learner independently of a formal qualification, or it may interact with a formal qualification.

Your OpenCred can be designed in one of the following ways:


A Pathway OpenCred

Aligned to a formal qualification level to provide learners and employers with a clear understanding of their level of achievement; and/or successful completion leads to an offer of admission to a formal qualification


A Credit-bearing OpenCred

Successful completion earns credit for learning in a formal qualification, or component part of the body of a course that is part of a qualification


An Industry-recognised OpenCred

Recognised by an industry association or accrediting body as meeting the needs towards maintenance of continuing professional development requirements

Indicative hours of learning


Indicative Hours of Learning is defined as the average amount of time required for a new learner with little or no experience to develop the required level of competency.


Importantly, OpenCreds are small (between 2.5 – 150 hours) and stackable, meaning that they can build towards one of the above outcomes rather than having to meet the requirements in full.


OpenCreds come in a range of sizes that can be a stand-alone credential or “stack” towards a range of accredited pathways.

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