Micro-credentials are a small, stand-alone formal award that recognise the achievement of specific skills, experience or knowledge. They are aimed at people who want to:

  • upskill, or learn a specific skill;
  • work with rapidly changing technology; and/or
  • acquire specialised skills sought after by employers.

If you successfully complete a micro-credential your results will be recorded on an academic transcript and be recognised through a digital badge.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for micro-credentials will depend on the micro-credential; some will require no former qualifications/experience whilst others will require you to provide evidence of completing previous studies and/or be able to demonstrate that you work in a particular sector/industry. Check the entry requirements of the micro-credential to make sure you are eligible. 

You will also be required to meet UC’s English language requirements if you are from a country where English is not the main language.

Qualification options

Check which micro-credentials which are currently being offered at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury.


Micro-credentials will be offered in varying disciplines and in various topics.


Micro-credentials provide a mix of both undergraduate and postgraduate level micro-credentials.

They can be delivered in a variety of formats: 100% online, 100% face-to-face or a mix of both online and face-to-face. Some may be offered in “block” mode while others may be covered over longer periods of time. Check on the details of the micro-credential for the delivery format and duration.


Micro-credentials provide credit of between 5 and 40 points (where 1 point is equivalent to 10 hours of study - formal, informal and self-directed).  

Micro-credentials are typically completed in a few weeks or months.

Further study

Typically, micro-credentials are stand-alone awards and will not enable you to transition into further study at UC. 

If you are interested in completing a formal qualification at UC, then the micro-credential you have completed may be recognised towards a course.  Your academic record would be assessed by the relevant College.  If you are interested in further study options please talk to a student advisor.