Introducing OpenCreds for Malaysia

The micro-credentialing framework designed to meet the needs of the education sector, industry, and most importantly its lifelong learners.

4.5 million

workers in Malaysia could be displaced due to automation by 2030. [1]


of all jobs in Malaysia could be at high risk of being displaced by technology in the next two decades.[2]


of the jobs created between now and 2030 will be for knowledge workers, and two-thirds of jobs will be strongly reliant on soft skills. [3]


of global workforce are ready to learn new skills or re-train to remain employable in the future. [4]

About the framework

Around the world, interest in short courses and micro-credentials has grown as people look for faster and more cost-effective options for up-skilling and re-skilling.

The OpenCreds framework enables education providers to capture this opportunity in the market. Launched in Australia after an extensive industry consultation process, the framework is also the first cross-sector micro-credential framework for Australian education.

OpenCreds is now available for Malaysia, drafted to align with the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) and the Guidelines to Good Practices: Micro-credentials (GGP: Micro-credentials) by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Why OpenCreds?

OpenCreds was designed with one driving purpose: to enable lifelong learning to become a practical reality for post-secondary learners.

It provides a common structure for the delivery of micro-credentials, making it possible for education providers to offer industry-recognised courses that lead towards credit in a formal qualification, with a high-quality learning experience.

In formulating the OpenCreds framework, considerable effort has been made to enable alignment to the range of education spheres upon which adult learners draw upon to fulfil their learning needs:

  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training;
  • Higher Education;
  • Professional Development providers; and,
  • Work-based learning in Industry.

Designed for Malaysian Lifelong Learners

The nature of work is changing, as is the frequency with which learners will need to upskill and reskill. With this comes a shift in learner’s expectations; with an emphasis on:

  • Relevance of the learning outcomes;
  • Flexibility in how they engage and learn;
  • Portability of learning acquired in a range of learning contexts; and,
  • Clearer pathways for accredited study.

OpenCreds are small and stackable; and designed to offer interoperability between higher education, vocational education, and professional learning opportunities.

Enabling partnerships, pathways, and possibilities

The OpenCreds framework has been designed to enable alignment across the range of education spheres in which adult learners draw upon to fulfil their learning needs:

  • Professional Learning Providers
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
  • Higher Education Provider (HEP)

It is designed to foster partnerships, recognition of prior learning, and a consistently high level of quality for micro-credentials.