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Michigan's Credential Engine
Michigan's Credential Engine
The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity's Office of Employment & Training (LEO-E&T) has partnered with Credential Engine to create credential transparency, literacy and consistency in Michigan.
The Credential Registry allows a consistent approach to education and training transparency through a single, searchable national platform.
Learn about the benefits to job seekers, employers, and education and training providers when information about credentials is transparent and comparable.
The credential marketplace can be overwhelming and hard to navigate. Michiganders deserve credential transparency providing access to clear and accurate information in order to find the educational pathway that best fits their career goals.
Michigan’s goal is to provide support to state government departments, secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, apprenticeship program sponsors, and other credential owners to publish credentials to the Credential Registry. Credential transparency is in direct alignment with the Governor’s statewide goal to increase the number of Michiganders with a postsecondary credential (a high-quality industry certificate, associate degree or higher) to 60 percent by 2030.
Michigan credential data will be leveraged to:
- Expand Registered Apprenticeship utilization and resource support,
- Enhance and unify Michigan Training Connect (eligible training provider list), Michigan Education and Career Pathfinder (career exploration website), and Pure Michigan Talent Connect (state labor exchange), and
- Map high-demand Career Pathways.
Michigan's credentials total 12,886 in a state-by-state breakdown of credentials offered by state-based entities in five categories: certificates, degrees, high school diplomas, licenses and registered apprenticeships.
|Certificates||Degrees||High School Diplomas||Licenses||Registered
Increase Transparency of Skills Learned
Governmental Role in Career Pathways
State Departments and Agencies
Most state departments and agencies issue credentials required for residents to work in Michigan.
- LEO-E&T research of state department and agency public websites and compilation of credential information into a comprehensive spreadsheet to make the uploading process as simple as possible.
- Lead review of the data for accuracy and approval for it to be published to the Credential Registry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Michigan Credential Finder
How Does Credential Engine Provide Credential Transparency?
Credential Engine provides web-based services in the form of the first centralized, national database to collect current information about credentials, a common description language, and the ability to create customized applications to relay and use credential information.
Why Is Credential Transparency Important to Michigan?
There are nearly 13,000 distinct credentials available across Michigan, but we lack the ability to make connections between our data to connect these credentials to individuals, to jobs, and to the economy. With alignment, Michiganders will benefit by understanding opportunities associated with each credential.
Individuals: Access to clear and accurate program information empowers students and workers to find the credential that works best for them and their education and career goals.
Policymakers: Comprehensive program and credential information helps inform workforce development and education policy decisions
Employers: Increased knowledge of the credential options leads to new partnerships with education and training providers, and more informed hiring decisions.
Education and Training Providers: New marketing opportunities to bring increased regional and national exposure to Michigan's programs, while offering providers new data to make informed choices about offerings and delivery models.
Why Is Credential Transparency Valuable?
Credential transparency gives those looking for education and training options data to make informed decisions.
Who Is Credential Engine?
Credential Engine is a non-profit organization with a mission to create credential transparency, reveal the credential marketplace, increase credential literacy, and empower everyone to make more informed decisions about credentials and their value. Credential Engine works with states across the country to make their credentials easily accessible, understood, comparable, connected to other critical education and workforce data, and communicated so that they serve everyone.
Connect with Us
Ready to join our partnership? Interested in learning more? We want to hear from you.
We're always looking to help make connections and support innovative projects.
Please contact the Michigan Credential Transparency Team at LEO-CredentialTransparency@michigan.gov