Improve employability with alternative credentials
Explore how learners gain credentials through non-degree coursework

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Alternative Credentials

As online education continues to grow, so does the opportunity to acquire certifications and credentials outside of a credit-based degree program. Because of this, learners are constantly looking for ways to stand out by developing new skills in a way that’s personalized to fit their already busy schedules.
With alternative credentials, learners get recognition of knowledge they’ve gained from non-degree coursework. It’s an ideal way of acknowledging the learning and developing that happens in or outside of the classroom for students whose lives are anything but traditional.
Pearson serves as a dedicated partner to help create an alternative credentialing program that allows learners to demonstrate skills and competencies through distinctions such as digital badges, certificates, and micro-credentials. Together, let’s improve learners’ employability and contribute to a stronger workforce.
Learn more about ways to offer alternative credentials below.
Credit for prior learning

Credit for Prior Learning

Institutions use credit for prior learning (CPL) to award students college credit for demonstrated competency and mastery through experiential learning, which include work and life experiences, independent studies, and licensures and certifications.
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Digital Badges

Digital badges are sharable, online credentials that students can post on platforms such as email and social media networks to show skills learned and demonstrated through the completion of badge-specific criteria. Digital badges make it possible to share achievements online in a way that’s easy and verifiable.
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Digital Badges
Alternative Credentialing -- New paths, new opportunities

Over 90% of higher education institutions offer alternative credentials

UPCEA and Pearson present

Demographic Shifts in Educational Demand and the Rise of Alternative Credentials

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Competency-based Education

Competency-based Education

Institutions can help students complete credentials in less time and at a lower cost with competency-based education programs. With a focus on real-world learning that leads to greater employability, this versatile model carries numerous benefits for all involved.
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Bootcamps

Bootcamps such as Flatiron School and General Assembly provide learners with the requirements necessary to help bridge the skills gap needed to succeed in high-demand career fields.
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Bootcamps