Micro-credentials enable you to submit evidence of your skills acquired on this micro-course, and for these skills to be assessed and recognised.

The OERu exists to help learners like you reach their goals in professional development and/or higher education.

So, as well as offering free online courses, we also work with an international network of higher education institutions to provide opportunities for formal assessment to gain micro-credentials:

  • for professional development purposes, and
  • providing pathways to qualify for academic credit that can contribute towards an undergraduate degree.

This process of using small qualifications to build up to larger ones is often called ‘stackable micro-credentials’. It allows for a flexible approach to learning which fits in with your aims, time and resources.

Micro-credentials also provide opportunities for learners trialing higher education for the first-time. Learners do not need to pay tuition fees for a full course, and only pay the assessment fee for the micro-credential thus providing an affordable way for these learners to see if university study is suitable for them.

Three steps to achieve your qualification

Here is how you could work towards your own undergraduate qualification using Becoming an Entrepreneur (IENT101) as your first stackable micro-credential:

Step 1

Earn one ‘EduBit’ micro-credential from Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand, for Becoming an Entrepreneur (IENT101).

Step 2

Earn the additional EduBits by completing the assessments for the remaining micro-courses associated with the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course for the following qualification(s):


The following micro-courses for Introduction to Entrepreneurship have associated ‘EduBit’ micro-credentials:

Course description Micro-course learning materials EduBit links
IENT101 Becoming an entrepreneur EduBit micro-credential
IENT102 Planning a business start-up EduBit micro-credential
IENT103 Financing a business start-up Link to be published soon

Step 3

  1. Use your EduBits to request a transcript from Otago Polytechnic.
  2. Use your transcript to show achievement towards your chosen qualification that is pre-approved for credit transfer at designated OERu partners.

(Note that there may be an administrative fee payable to the institution for issuing a transcript for your credit.)