The incremental credentialing process formally captures all types of learning that individuals acquire – in education institutions, in the workplace, or other life experiences.
Incremental credentials can be of any size or level (credit or noncredit, undergraduate or graduate), and from any source. They can be a first credential, act as a bridge between credentials, and build into larger credentials.
These increments can originate from education or industry and be integrated together. In addition, learning acquired outside formal education and training structures – often called “prior” or “experiential” learning – can be integrated within incremental credentials. The Incremental Credentialing Framework captures these different approaches to developing incremental credentials.