Short-term Credentials / Short-term Training

Last Updated 06/21/2024

Short-term credentials (and credentialing) and short-term training are tools in the learn-and-work ecosystem to give prospective and current workers the skills they can use to transition, obtain, or move up in their job level. They can be an important part of a worker-learner's career and education pathway.

Credentials awarded during credential programs (often offered by postsecondary institutions) and in training programs (often offered by employers and third-party organizations) stand for the skills achieved.

Education and training are often synonymously used terms.

Postsecondary education institutions, employers, and third-party providers may work together to deliver education and training programs.

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