AFTA is offering all members access to short, sharp, high impact courses called micro credentials.
These courses will allow businesses - and their staff - to learn new skills during downtime, providing a competitive edge when the market rebounds.
Launching in partnership with Learning Vault, AFTA's online digital education partner, the initial micro-credentials offering will encompass roughly 60 courses, with new courses added every week!
After completing each micro credential, AFTA members will be issued with a 'digital badge' for their achievement in completing the course.
Being digitally native, these badges lend themselves to appearing easily on CVs, LinkedIn pages and more. Making AFTA members' credentials more visible, valuable and verifiable.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AFTA has developed in partnership with Learning Vault, an innovative online education and training suite of micro credentials to support AFTA business owners and staff to upskill and cross skill in key skill priority areas during these challenging times.
This industry led initiative came about to empower the travel industry workforce to build on and build further capability in ‘Best Business Practice’. During this period of hibernation, there is no better time for AFTA business owners and their staff to boost their skills and knowledge base and prepare for when the market bounces back.
Learning Vault is AFTA’s project partner, and are an innovative education company, with a multitude of education-based products. They aim to inspire creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy and their goal is to help us develop the next generation of highly-skilled, highly sought-after, informed and creative professionals. They are proudly the first Australian owned digital credentialing agency in the country.
Micro-credentials are a new innovative approach to learning and have emerged to fulfil the urgent need for upskilling and retraining in the digital economy, as well as validating skills already acquired through on job experience. They are now becoming mainstream and have been built to be digested much faster, delivered in short bursts, and designed to engage learners and increase outcomes.
In dynamic business environments like travel, the ability to train staff quickly to fill new, emerging skill gaps can be invaluable. Micro credentialing is an exciting way to train individual staff members in specific areas quickly, so you can take advantage of emerging market opportunities and help your business stay ahead of the competition. They can also help to boost employee engagement and support you as an employer in accurately tracking your employees' development.
The self-directed and on-demand aspect of micro credentials will appeal to many learners and they can decide what credentials to pursue, and what learning pathways to follow based on their interests and needs. The can also develop a portfolio of ‘marketable skills’ by acquiring additional micro-credentials and continually building on them. Along with their corresponding digital badges, it makes it easy for professionals to show exactly what skills and knowledge they bring to a new position or project.
The suite of micro credentials has been carefully selected and are predominantly focused on supervisory, managerial and business skills.
No, they are generic but invaluable skills - common and relevant to all travel businesses regardless of size and include supervisory, managerial and business skills.
Yes, they are industry recognised and endorsed by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) and the digital badge certifies this - making the credential credible and valuable.
No, they are not accredited.
However, they are aligned to a training unit within the Australian Nationally recognised, Vocational Education and Training (VET) Qualification Framework.
There are currently there are 60 available courses for you to select from.
Long term there will be approximately 250+ micro credentials for you to select from.
Courses will be uploaded on a regular basis as they are developed and made available.
It can vary, but on average – 8 hours.
Micro credentials allow for flexibility and for you to learn in short bursts or as required. They are specifically designed for time poor learners who need to upskill, but are juggling competing demands of work and family.
Yes, there are three proficiency levels for you to choose from and include beginner, intermediate and advanced.
This program allows you to learn at your own pace and in your own time. You have unlimited access to the micro credential once purchased. There is no time limit set once you buy or commence a micro credential. You can save it as many times as you like - and return to it whenever you want.
Each micro credential costs $19.99 (inclusive GST) and includes the Digital Badge.
Yes, there is one micro credential that is complimentary.
AFTA have specifically had developed a mental health and well-being course for all AFTA members: Breath in – Breath Out. As a community under crisis, it is imperative right now for us all to nurture and look after ourselves, and each other.
You will receive an AFTA Industry Endorsed ‘Digital Badge’ or Credential:
Shortly after earning your credential, you will receive an email notification with instructions for claiming your digital badge and setting up your account.
Simply click the ‘Digital Badges’ link in your certification record to get started.
Watch this video and learn about how to use the digital badge effectively.
Here is an example:
Each digital badge will be customised to the micro credential achieved.
You can share your digital badge to social media platforms (like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook), over email, embedded in a website, in your email signature and more.
Every achievement is an opportunity for viral growth, as badges can be shared through social media by the recipient. Because of increased visibility, badges help you ensure that your achievements are shared and promoted.
You can access the digital badge platform any time by clicking on the ‘Digital Badges’ link in your email, or by logging into the platform where you have been issued your digital badge.
Yes. If you don’t want to make your digital badge public, you can easily configure your privacy settings in the digital badge platform. You’re in complete control of your information.
Your digital badge is an electronic file with uniquely embedded data. This embedded data is verified in real-time. Attempts to copy and modify someone's digital badge would be unsuccessful, as the digital badge continually corrects itself against the certification record. Digital badges cannot be copied or tampered with – which makes them invaluable.
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