Earning a Micro-credential FAQ
What is a micro-credential in community engagement?
A micro-credential is a digital certificate that recognizes an individual’s competency in a specific area of community engagement.
For the purpose of Campus Compact’s credential 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. The key competencies required in each of the micro-credential areas were identified and developed through a multi-year process overseen by two Community Engagement Credential advisory boards, drawing significantly from the research of Lina Dostilio and colleagues (2017; forthcoming) on an emerging competency model for community engagement professionals.
How do I earn a micro-credential?
To earn a micro-credential, you must demonstrate competency in the specified area of the field. The process of applying for a micro-credential starts with a self-assessment to gauge preparedness. 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.
The micro-credential application process requires you not only to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and experience, but also to reflect on your critical commitments and identify areas for future growth in your professional development. While specific submission requirements will vary by micro-credential area, 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 tension 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?
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.
Each time you earn a micro-credential, 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. Ultimately, your micro-credentials can be applied toward earning full certification as a Campus Compact Community Engagement Professional.
Which micro-credentials will be available to earn?
Two micro-credentials – Fundamentals of Community Engagement and Community Partnerships – will be rolled out on a pilot basis (limited to 50 applicants) beginning in November 2018. Starting in the spring of 2019, a larger set of the micro-credentials–including the pilot ones–will be available to all those who wish to apply. The full set of 14 micro-credentials will rolled out over the following several months.
How might I earn full certification as a Campus Compact Community Engaged Professional?
After earning a requisite number of micro-credentials, you may apply for Campus Compact’s full certification that demonstrates and validates your broad expertise and commitment as a Community Engagement Professional.
How much will it cost to earn a micro-credential?
Once the program is launched, we estimate the cost for submitting materials to earn an individual micro-credential will be about 60 dollars. This is subject to change.
How do I apply?
When the credential program goes live, you will be able to click on one of the micro-credential icons below and it will take you to a page dedicated to the micro-credential area and direct you to an application portal.