Introducing OpenCreds

The lifelong learning framework designed to meet the needs of the Australian education sector, industry, and most importantly its lifelong learners.

Why OpenCreds?

Lifelong learning is the new norm for the way we live, work and learn.

In keeping with the agreed definition from the Australian Qualifications Framework Review, an OpenCred is a certification of assessed learning that is additional, alternative, complementary to or a component part of a formal qualification.

OpenCreds may be a stand-alone credential or they may interact with a formal qualification.

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

Designed for 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.

As a new decade begins, OpenCreds are an innovation that builds on the clarity provided by the AQF Review about micro-credentials.

The OpenCreds Framework

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:

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Higher Education (HE)
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) providers
  • Professional Learning (PL) providers; and,
  • Employers and Industry.

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