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Introducing OpenCreds for Malaysia

A distinctive micro-credential framework designed to meet the needs of the education sector, industry and its lifelong learners.

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OpenCred Micro-credential Course Template

Build your micro-credential course on OpenLearning using the OpenCred Micro-credential Course Template — a pre-set template that you can edit and customise to fit your content in without sacrificing quality.

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Guide to OpenCred Micro-credential Courses

Looking for a step-by-step walkthrough on how to plan, build, and launch micro-credentials on OpenLearning? This online course will guide you through strategising and structuring micro-credentials for your organisation, teams or your own individual project.

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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]

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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.

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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.

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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.

Supporting education providers to realise the possibilities

In November 2020, OpenLearning launched the OpenCreds Investment Fund for Malaysia (OMIF) to help higher education providers, vocational education and training organisation, industry associates, and professional bodies build market-leading micro-credentials utilising the OpenCreds Framework for Malaysia.

To continue supporting education and training providers in creating upskilling, reskilling and lifelong learning opportunities, we are pleased to announce OMIF 2022 — a RM600,000 investment fund for developing OpenCred micro-credentials.

The 2022 application will open in January 2022. Register your interest and subscribe to our newsletter via this link to be notified of the latest OpenCreds updates and announcements. For further information about the OpenCreds for Malaysia Investment Fund, please contact

[1] Ee Huei Koh (17 February 2020). “Automation and Adaptability: How Malaysian can navigate the future of work”. Mckinsey & Company.
[2] Wardini bin Mokhzani (28 April 2017). “The Times They Are A-Changin’: Technology, Employment, and the Malaysian Economy”. Khazanah Research Institute.
[3] Workforce of the future: The competing forces shaping 2030 (2007). PwC.
[4] Workforce of the future: The competing forces shaping 2030 (2007). PwC.