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Gain New Skills, Knowledge, and Experience with Micro-Credentials at SUNY

You can add verified skills and competencies to your resume with short, flexible micro-credentials from the State University of New York. Whether its a part of your current degree program, for professional development, to start to a new career path, or a fun way to support your interests, there is a SUNY micro-credential to meet your needs.

SUNY campuses offer over nearly 400 micro-credentials in 60+ disciplinary areas across 28 campuses in high demand fields like busines and finance, health and healthcare, education, computer science and data analytics, Cloud, Networking and Cyber, Manufacturing, CAD, CNC, renewable energy and more.

Find Your SUNY Micro-Credential

Learn with the Leader in High-Quality, Stackable Micro-Credentials

SUNY's micro-credentials are setting the standard nationally and internationally for high-quality, stackable credentials designed for today's learner, whether you're rounding out your degree program or adding a new skill for career advancement or change. All of SUNY's micro-credentials are designed to be:

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High Quality

Academic quality is paramount in the development and approval of SUNY micro-credentials.

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Stackable

Each micro-credential has immediate value and, where possible, stacks together with other micro-credentials or learning experiences to meet the requirements of certificate, initial or advanced degree.

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In-demand

Micro-credentials are designed to meet current and emerging market needs and align with relevant industry standards.

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Portable

Completion of our micro-credentials is recorded on your transcript and/or highlighted in a digital badge so your accomplishments travel with you.

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Student Thomas McMeekin, SUNY Adirondack

"I am taking a micro-credential called Rock Climbing from SUNY Adirondack as part of my degree program in Outdoor Education. It adds value to my SUNY experience because it highlights specialized skills that I need to be a rock climbing guide. Not only did it prepare me for my NYS Guides Exam, but I will also earn a professional certification which is a pipeline to fulltime employment."

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Jonathon Little, Associate Professor of Geography Monroe CC

"The Geospatial Information Science & Tech Micro-Credential at SUNY’s Monroe Community College (MCC) was designed to upskill today’s rapidly growing geospatial workforce with specialized training in geospatial data acquisition and management, web mapping, and programming. The 9-credit micro-credential provides immediate value and is also part of a stackable GIST pathway; credits from the micro-credential can be applied to the new 24 credit GIST Certificate as well as the new A.A.S degree in Geospatial Information Science and Technology at MCC."

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Suzanne Dameron, APR, CPRC, an out-of-state online student, Buffalo State College

"SUNY Buffalo State College’s micro-credential in Applied Creativity and Problem Solving gave me a way to put my big toe in the water and see if I would be interested in doing more. The micro-credential lowered the barriers of cost and distance, enabling me to study creativity from Buffalo State’s world-renowned Creativity and Change Leadership Department from out-of-state, with the opportunity for further study. The micro-credential gave me the academic underpinnings that I needed, and the creative problem-solving courses gave me the practical experience I wanted."

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Kin Long (Tony) Ma, micro-credential student , Farmingdale State College

"Staying up to date on the changes in renewable energy is a must. Taking the micro-credential in Wind Energy Technology has helped me to appreciate the advances in green energy and help me apply it in my classroom. As a teacher, I must continue to learn new information and advances in technology so that I can better instruct my students. This micro-credential has given me valuable experience in how Wind Energy works."

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Mary Codick, employee and student, Buffalo State College

"As a life-long learner who holds two graduate degrees, I am always looking for professional development and learning opportunities that fit my busy schedule as well as both my personal and professional interests. The ASL microcredential will allow me to better communicate with my hard of hearing daughter who has recently become proficient in ASL, as well as gain valuable skills to communicate with the diverse college student population with which I work."

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Allison Field, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Upstate Medical Center

"Staying up to date on research in my field is a must. I didn't have the opportunity to participate in research as a pharmacy student, so taking the micro-credential in Clinical Research as a pharmacy resident at Upstate Medical University has helped me to grow a lot. Just a few months in, I already feel more knowledgeable about the process of research and feel much more confident while working on my own research project."

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Cortney Baker, Assistant Director of Quality Standards, Racker

"The Tompkins Cortland Community College micro-credentials awarded as part of the educational component of NYS Apprenticeships in both Direct Support Professional and Child Care Assistant, have given recognition to the significance of these jobs and allowed our staff to gain critically important skills and competencies while continuing their on-the-job training. In both cases, our staff has earned credit toward their associate degree, giving them a pathway to future career and academic success. We couldn’t be more proud of our staff and commend TC3 for its innovative micro-credential program and commitment to NYS apprenticeships."

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Nick Dalrymple, completed the Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship and the associated micro-credential Tompkins Cortland Community College

"The apprenticeship program and micro-credential became a second chance for me. I didn’t do so hot in school growing up and college as well. In my later years I have gained maturity and being able to get an understanding of where I am with education through the program gave me lots of confidence. I enjoyed the personable interactions and the application of the material in my day-to-day. It was also nice to take the class with people that I already knew so we could bounce ideas off of each other. I am absolutely grateful for the opportunity and look forward to further developing my education."

 

What is a Micro-Credential?

What is a Micro-Credential?
Micro-credentials are short, focused credentials designed to provide in-demand skills, know-how and experience. Stackable micro-credentials can also provide a pathway to a certificate or full degree, now or when you are ready.

Who can earn a micro-credential?
Current students, alumni, anyone seeking to advance their career or increase their earning potential, those needing to upskill or make a career change, those looking to come back to the job market, and yes, those looking for fun, engaging, learning to support a hobby or interest can all find a SUNY micro-credential that fits their needs.

Who teaches micro-credentials?
SUNY micro-credentials are taught by SUNY faculty. Students have access to academic supports and campus resources. Our micro-credentials can be taught online or in the classroom, or even at your work or job site with support from your employer.

How does a micro-credential work?
SUNY micro-credentials often combine courses from our registered degree programs, innovative applied learning experiences, preparation for industry certifications, and/or non-credit coursework. A micro-credential could be coursework alone (the most common micro-credential length is three courses), a series of workshops, or a combination of coursework and an applied learning experience or certification preparation.