Who can issue micro-credentials?

Who can give out micro-credentials? Not only universities can issue micro-credentials certificates. Discover who can provide them.
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Who can issue microcredentials?

Micro-credentials and diplomas are both respected forms of certifying knowledge in the job market. But the level of respect depends on who gives them out. For diplomas it’s more straightforward - the more prestigious the university, the more respected and sought after the diploma. With micro-credentials, it’s different, as such certificates can be issued not only by universities but also by other providers. In today’s blog post, we will share the answer to the questions:

  • who is eligible to provide micro-credentials, 
  • can companies issue micro-credentials,
  • and why is that important.

Who can provide micro-credentials?

The development of online educational platforms has significantly expanded the availability and scope of offered courses. Among the issuers of micro-credentials are now not only universities but also specialized providers focusing on specific sets of skills and educational platforms offering a wide range of micro-courses.

Let us look at the list of micro-credentials issuers: 

  1. Universities and vocational schools. Traditionally, universities and colleges have been the primary issuers of educational credentials. They are now increasingly offering micro-credentials as part of their course offerings. These institutions leverage their academic rigor and reputation to provide credentials that are recognized and valued in the job market. You can find more on the practical aspect of implementing digital credentials in our blog post with the University of Silesia.

  1. Online Learning Platforms. Platforms such as Coursera, Udemy, and edX offer a variety of micro-credentials, often in partnership with universities or industry leaders. These platforms make micro-credentials accessible to a broader audience, providing flexibility and a wide range of subjects. In 2023, the total number of offered courses exceeded 2900.

  1. Professional Organizations. Industry-specific professional organizations often offer micro-credentials to certify skills and knowledge that are important within their field. This approach enables students to deepen their expertise in usually niche markets.

  1. Third-Party Providers. Apart from traditional educational institutions, some third-party providers specialize in professional development and training. They collaborate with businesses and industries to create targeted micro-credential programs (e.g. Google or IBM).

What are the benefits of that?

Such an approach not only diversifies the range of available courses for students but also fosters natural, healthy competition among educational entities. It enables students to focus on industry-specific competencies provided by leading organizations.


Micro-credentials are not reserved for universities - they can be issued by any learning provider under the condition they comply with the framework proposed in the area they operate. Digital certificates democratize the education market and provide equal opportunities to all students. 

If you want to learn more about the framework of micro-credentials, their characteristics, and how to implement them, read our previous blog post

Thinking about implementing digital certificates in your organization?
Don’t hesitate to contact us at: contact@doxychain.com.

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