Earning Micro-credentials

What is a micro-credential?

A micro-credential is a digital certificate that recognizes an individual’s competency in a specific area.

For the purpose of Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program, we define “competency” as the knowledge, skills, and critical commitments that must be mobilized by community engagement professionals to advance higher education community and civic engagement in a manner characterized by equity and integrity. Each micro-credential requires earners to demonstrate their mastery of a set of key competencies that were identified and developed by two Community Engagement Professional Credential advisory boards and draw significantly from the research of Lina Dostilio and colleagues (2017; 2019) on an emerging competency model for community engagement professionals.

How do I earn micro-credentials?

To earn micro-credentials, you must demonstrate competency in the specified area of the field by submitting a specific set of materials for evaluation. While specific submission requirements will vary by micro-credential, you can expect the application materials to be framed around the following questions:

  • Knowledge and ethics: What knowledge have you brought to bear in undertaking work in this area? What ethical and critical commitments inform your work?
  • Experience: What experience(s) have you had and what roles have you played in advancing work in this area? For example, how have you developed goals, organized projects, or carried out activities? What evidence can you provide to illustrate this work?
  • Critical self-reflection: What have you learned from your experiences in this area? What successes and challenges did you experience? What dilemmas or tensions may have arisen or could you identify (around questions of equity and inclusion, for example), and what process or strategies did you pursue to work toward their resolution?
  • Personal growth and on-going professional development: What might you identify as opportunities for personal growth as a community engagement professional in this particular area? What resources or strategies do you believe would serve to advance your learning and competence in this area?

A full list of submission requirements for each micro-credential requirements can be found on the micro-credential pages on this site.

The application process

Applications for micro-credentials are submitted through Campus Compact’s online application portal. You can access the application portal by clicking the “begin your application” button on any micro-credential page. You should begin your application when you intend to begin work toward the micro-credential. The application system will help you track your progress, understand requirements, and plan for submission.

  1. Start your application online. We will ask that you provide some basic information, complete an agreement form acknowledging that you intend to earn the micro-credential, and pay a small application fee. You may also elect to join a cohort of other applicants to work together toward submission. At this point, you also will complete a self-assessment that will help gauge how prepared you are for submission.
  2. After the self-assessment, you may choose to take time to enhance your knowledge and skills through specified trainings or by working through a recommended reading list. Or, if you are prepared, you can immediately submit materials to earn your micro-credential.
  3. When you have adequately prepared, return to your online application to submit your materials for evaluation. Submission requirements vary by micro-credential and requirement details for each micro-credential may be found on the application form.
  4. Once submitted, your materials will be reviewed by a panel of experts in the field. These experts will determine whether or not you have demonstrated sufficient competency to earn the micro-credential.
  5. If your application is successful, you will receive a corresponding digital badge to be used on your LinkedIn profile, CV, or professional website. This way, you can publicly display your areas of expertise. If your application is not successful, you may continue to improve your knowledge in this area and apply again.
  6. Ultimately, micro-credentials you earn can be applied toward earning full certification as a Campus Compact Community Engagement Professional.

What micro-credentials are available?

Ultimately, the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program will consist of 15 micro-credentials across a range of competency areas. The full set will be released on a rolling basis over the coming months. The full list of micro-credentials can be found at the bottom of this page. Check below to see what micro-credentials are available now, and don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list to find out when new micro-credentials become available.

Micro-credentials available now:

How do I earn full certification as a Community Engagement Professional?

You may earn full certification by earning a number of micro-credentials across a range of competency areas. Detailed requirements for full certification will be released in the coming months.

How much will it cost to earn a micro-credential?

Each micro-credential application requires a $60 application fee. The fee helps to cover a small portion of the software and administrative costs Campus Compact is undertaking as a third party credentialer.

How do I apply?

Click on one of the micro-credential icons to learn more about the competency areas and submission requirements for that micro-credential and to begin your application.

What micro-credentials will be available?