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Professional Practice Credentials provide proof of an individual's professional capabilities. Assessed by a third-party provider (like DeakinDigital), these capabilities can include soft skills (such as problem-solving and communication), and professional expertise skills (such as digital marketing and data analytics).
Deakin Professional Practice Credentials provide independent, valid reinforcement that individuals within your workforce have the capabilities you need them to have and are able to prove that they can apply them in a professional environment.
Credentials provide a measure of how successful existing learning and development initiatives are as candidates reflect on their current capabilities. Credentials are learning agnostic, and can be used to support any future upskilling efforts from any provider.
Qualifications measure technical skill benchmarked against educational standards. Credentials measure both the individual’s skill and the ability to apply it in the workplace, benchmarked against academic and industry standards.
Credentials are backed by Deakin University, and aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). For example, at the Advanced Level, Credentials align to AQF level 9 or the equivalent of a Masters’ degree.
The assessors are industry or Academic experts affiliated with Deakin University or similar academic bodies.
The meta data for Credential content is informed by market needs and is updated regularly. Individuals attempting lower levels can attempt the Credential at a higher level if their skills develop further in a given area. At the Advanced level (equivalent to a master’s level) their extensive experience underpins the validity of the Credential, ensuring its currency across an individual’s career.
Reflection helps individuals to reinforce what they already know. While a vast array of professional development options exist, they have increasingly been classified into three broad categories as part of the 70/20/10 framework. As an indicative guide; it is suggested development activities should be 70% learning from experiences on the job i.e. reflection; 20% learning from peers; and, 10% learning from structured education.
An organisation identifies the capabilities its people need to be successful. Unlike traditional learning and development – Credentials provide independent, valid proof that your people have these capabilities and are able to use them in a professional context.
Individuals who have completed our Credentials have reported that they feel more confident and empowered at work. This is because the outcome of the assessment process provides independent and trusted confirmation of their capability level.
In addition, when Credentials are aligned with an organisation’s capability framework, the workforce has a clear aspirational pathway to follow.
The return on investment for your learning and development efforts will not be able to be measured. Credentials create visibility around the effectiveness of professional upskilling initiatives that are already in place.
Credentials allow you to confirm an individual's capability level, uncover hidden talent and address the skills gaps within your organisation. This allows you to take a data-driven approach to workforce planning.
Information around individuals completing Credentials at a given level should be used to address both areas of strength and weakness within a skills matrix or capabilities framework, allowing you to fill gaps in your on-boarding process, and identify outstanding employees.
Credentials measure the existing skills of your workforce against future and current opportunity. Each Credential earned at a given level provides assurance of an individual’s existing capability. Skills gaps can then be identified, allowing individuals to develop in the right areas so that they can succeed within your organisation.
Credentials align directly to all core business functions which enables them to be mapped against your capability framework. This gives independent proof of an individual's capability.
Credentials are more time-efficient than traditional education methods. Credentials are completed over an 8-week period, and data from our successful candidates indicates that around 4-20 hours is required to prepare their submission package. Candidates register and begin their Credentials at anytime.
There is no learning required as part of the Credentialing process. Only reflection on the skills your employees already have.
Yes – Credentials can be completed from anywhere, at any time. All you need is an internet connection.
Candidates will select 2-3 pieces of evidence from their professional experience, and then prepare a 500-1000 word 1st person reflective written testimony that speaks to this evidence. The final part of the process is a video interview with a series of questions related to the evidence provided.
Candidates use current work practices and outputs to support their submission negating the need to create new items for assessment. Credentials take less time than traditional models and are online so do not require out time to attend sessions.
Once our Academic panel is satisfied that a candidate’s submission has met the applicable criteria, they will be awarded a digital badge for that Credential – with relevant meta data attached.
This Credential badge can then be shared with their networks – as well as a LinkedIn profile and digital CV.