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Applicable Skills for Today's Professional

LSU's MicroCred® program is your opportunity to gain applicable knowledge in a convenient format online. They are designed for individuals who want to gain a new set of skills to immediately apply in the workplace. Each program is made up of a series of two to five related courses on a specific topic. When those courses are successfully completed, you can earn a digital badge unique to the program that can be shared online on platforms like LinkedIn. Badges are distributed through Acclaim by Credly. Additionally, LSU Online offers MicroCreds® with credit that can be applied toward a degree.

Why enroll in our MicroCred?


Because our programs are 100% online, we provide a convenient option for working professionals to document the qualifications they earn.


Our programs are either self-paced or term-based and can be completed much quicker than a traditional certificate or degree program.


You are in control of which specialization you want. You can earn MicroCred in your own field of study or you may want to explore a new skill.

How it works

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Step 1

Choose your MicroCred program

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Step 2

Complete the approved courses

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Step 3

Claim your digital badge

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Step 4

Share your badge

MicroCred Frequently Asked Questions

A MicroCred, or micro-credentials, is a group of short, related courses administered by LSU for individuals who need a flexible means for training or learning a new skill. Each program is made up of a series of two to five related courses on a specific topic that when successfully completed, earns the student an official LSU digital badge. This badge can be shared on any digital platform, such as LinkedIn.
Yes, each MicroCred varies from 2 to 5 courses in many diverse industries and topics.
No, you do not have to be admitted into LSU to take a MicroCred. However, if you would like your credits from a MicroCred to be applied toward a certificate or a degree, you will need to enroll. For more information about enrollment, visit the admissions page here.
LSU MicroCreds are designed for professionals looking to advance their knowledge and skills in a particular area of focus for career growth or skills enrichment. Additionally, since students in the program do not have to be admitted to LSU, it’s open to everyone.
Generally, MicroCreds have fewer courses than certificate programs and are all online. Successful completion of a MicroCred provides a digital badge where a certificate program provides you with a physical certificate. A digital badge can be shared on any digital platform, such as LinkedIn, to showcase your expertise.
These programs were designed for today’s modern learner that wants to showcase their skill sets in a digital format. Successful completion of a MicroCred earns the student an official LSU digital badge that can be shared immediately on any digital platform.
For professional development MicroCreds, most courses must be completed in four weeks. For credit-bearing courses, four weeks is the minimum; however, you can take up to six months to complete the course. Extensions are also offered.
A MicroCred can start immediately after you are admitted and enrolled in the program.
If credit is issued for your MicroCred, it will be recorded by the University Registrar and appear on your record and transcript as credit for specific LSU courses once you are admitted and enrolled as an active LSU student. Whether a course applies to a specific certificate or degree is determined by the program requirements.
A course may count toward multiple MicroCreds. So, you can build on one MicroCred to earn another. Additionally, LSU Online offers “fully stackable” pathways in certain online concentrations, like construction management and accounting, where a student can begin their education journey from a MicroCred through a graduate degree.
You can request a badge by filling out the form here.
No, financial aid is currently available for credit-bearing degree programs. If you would like more information about financial aid, contact our enrollment concierges here.