Short-term Credentials / Short-term Credential Programs

Last Updated 06/21/2024

Short-term credential programs typically run from 8-15 weeks at a postsecondary education institution and are less than one year of full-time study.

Short-term credentials may include licenses issued by state or federal governments, certificates awarded by postsecondary institutions, and certifications awarded by industry organizations. Short-term credentials are often earned after short-term training and can be stackable. They take less time and generally less money to complete and maintain. Worker-learners can access federal student loans for short-term programs under the Higher Education Act.

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Alternate terms: Credentials, stackable Credentials, skills credentials

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