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Small credentials. Big benefits.

Micro credentials are small (smaller than a certificate, diploma, or degree), flexible, and highly-focused programs with big benefits. Designed for today’s learners who want results right now, micro credentials quickly provide:

  • Specific, in-demand skills that can lead to a new job, career advancement, or a change in your career field.  
  • Recognition for your mastery of a skill or capability, allowing you to stand out from others in your profession. 
  • Stackable credentials that provide a pathway to a degree. Credits never expire, so you can come back and complete a certificate, diploma, or degree – whenever it’s right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can earn a micro credential?

Anyone who is looking to quickly obtain skills to increase their career opportunities and earning potential, including: 

  • Recent high school graduates looking for a new approach to college.  

  • Current students and alumni who want to broaden their skill set.

  • Working adults who need upskilling to advance or change careers.

  • Individuals who are returning to the job market.   

How do I earn a micro credential?

  • Register for a micro credential course - find out how using the instructions in the FAQ below.
  • Attend and successfully pass the class.
  • Receive your Micro Credential Certificate of Completion to show your newly assessed knowledge and skills.

How do I register?

Our available micro credentials are listed below. When ready to register, simply select your preferred course time/delivery method and use the "Register" link in the far right column.  This will add your course to the shopping cart. Visit the cart and complete the checkout process to enroll.

Reminder: Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is in place to add a level of security and protect your NWTC account from unwanted access. For more information or for technical support, visit the MFA web page.


Available Credentials

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STEM Field

Automation 1: Control Logic

Automation 1: Control Logic (10-664-100) – 1 credit

This course covers control logic: electric motor control components such as switches, relays, starters, transformers; and safely mount and install motor and motor control components and perform related wiring and troubleshooting of motor control circuits. 

Important: This class consists of both lecture and hands-on lab activities. You can watch the lectures on video through the NWTC Canvas learning management system. You will complete the hands-on lab activities in either ET129 or ET120 lab space during the posted open lab times. Plan on spending approximately 30 hours to complete this course. Before beginning work in this class, please meet with an instructor in ET129 or ET120 during posted open lab times. 

Cost: $176.30

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Automation 2: Motor control

Automation 2: Motor Control (10-664-101) – 1 credit

This course covers electric motor control components such as sensors, timers and counters.  ( Pre-requisite: 10-664-100, Automation 1:  Control Logic) 

Important: This class consists of both lecture and hands-on lab activities. You can watch the lectures on video through the NWTC Canvas learning management system. You will complete the hands-on lab activities in either ET129 or ET120 lab space during the posted open lab times. Plan on spending approximately 30 hours to complete this course. Before beginning work in this class, please meet with an instructor in ET129 or ET120 during posted open lab times. 

Cost: $176.30 

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Automation 3: PLC

Automation 3: PLC (10-664-102) – 1 credit

This course covers basic programmable logic controller (PLC) programming and troubleshooting. 

Important: This class consists of both lecture and hands-on lab activities. You can watch the lectures on video through the NWTC Canvas learning management system. You will complete the hands-on lab activities in either ET129 or ET120 lab space during the posted open lab times. Plan on spending approximately 30 hours to complete this course. Before beginning work in this class, please meet with an instructor in ET129 or ET120 during posted open lab times. 

 
Cost: $176.30

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Automation 4: PLC

Automation 4: PLC (10-664-103) – 1 credit

This course covers troubleshooting a programmable logic controller (PLC) system, applying Event Sequencing, developing PLC applications, applying timer instructions and counter instructions.  ( Prerequisite: 10-664-102, Automation 3: PLC) 

Important: This class consists of both lecture and hands-on lab activities. You can watch the lectures on video through the NWTC Canvas learning management system. You will complete the hands-on lab activities in either ET129 or ET120 lab space during the posted open lab times. Plan on spending approximately 30 hours to complete this course. Before beginning work in this class, please meet with an instructor in ET129 or ET120 during posted open lab times. 

Cost: $176.30  

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Automation 5: PLC

Automation 5: PLC (10-664-104) – 1 credit

This course covers programmable logic controller (PLC) application, troubleshooting, and implementation of program control; math and data move instructions; analog I/O modules; and producing a PLC program from specification. ( Pre-Requisite: 10-664-103, Automation 4: PLC) 

Important: This class consists of both lecture and hands-on lab activities. You can watch the lectures on video through the NWTC Canvas learning management system. You will complete the hands-on lab activities in either ET129 or ET120 lab space during the posted open lab times. Plan on spending approximately 30 hours to complete this course. Before beginning work in this class, please meet with an instructor in ET129 or ET120 during posted open lab times. 

Cost: $176.30  

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Business Field

Lean Operations Intro

Lean Operations Intro (10-182-111) – 1 credit

In this course, you will develop knowledge skills, process of lean operations management/JIT, quality management, quality control, continuous improvement methodologies, statistical process control chart interpretation, material handling, and production logistics. 

Cost: $163.30  

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Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing (10-182-112) – 1 credit

In this course, you will develop knowledge skills process of lean manufacturing/JIT environment, systems approach, productivity attainment, line balancing, kaizen, Kanban, 5S system, value stream mapping, human resource development, and lean operations management.  

Cost: $163.30  

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Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma (10-182-114) – 1 credit

In this course, you will develop a general awareness of Lean Six Sigma: what it is, why it matters, what makes it successful. This course provides an overview of Six Sigma concepts and language and an introduction to the Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) process improvement cycle. This course will prepare you to take the green belt six sigma certification.

Cost: $163.30

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Operations Management

Operations Management (10-102-168) – 3 credits

This course covers the process of evaluating alternative courses of action to given problems and arriving at the most suitable plan; entails thorough analysis of the pros and cons of every alternative solution; and explores features of production/service systems to include aggregate planning, forecasting techniques, scheduling, MRP & ERP, and inventory management systems. An operational simulation will apply the learnings.

Cost: $607.15

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Leadership Academy

NWTC’s Leadership Academy is designed to develop the leadership skills of the informal leader in every organization. This program is an excellent development opportunity for front line employees and potential team leaders. Foundational topics for this course include planning, controlling, delegating, organizing, human motivation, decision-making, conflict resolution, and managing a diverse workforce. Participants also learn application of these foundational lessons including the benefits and challenges of group work, necessary roles in a team, stages of team development, meeting facilitation, different approaches to problem solving, consensus, data acquisition, analysis, developing alternative solutions, implementation, and evaluation.

Important Notes:

  • This is a non-credit course.
  • Access to high-speed internet and Canvas Learning Management System are required.

Cost: $699.00

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Project Management

NWTC’s Project Management micro credential covers all aspects of managing projects, from technical and measurable aspects to personnel and other issues. Students work closely in teams, helping them develop skills to tackle complex projects and consider different viewpoints. The combination of courses helps build the skills necessary to become a project manager within a variety of industries.

Important Notes:

  • This is a non-credit course.
  • Access to high-speed internet and Canvas Learning Management System are required.
  • Online Live courses require access to Microsoft Teams for video conferencing.

Cost: $399.00

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OSHA for Dental Professionals

This training is recommended for anyone working in the dental occupations, especially newly hired employees. Participants in this course will receive information that reviews and expands their current knowledge of infection control in the dental healthcare setting. The focus is to provide the tools and knowledge necessary for a safe dental health care environment for dental healthcare workers and patients. This training includes an overview of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Chemical Hazard Control Standards. In addition, guidelines are provided for developing an infection control program. This course meets the Wisconsin Dental Examining Board Continuing Education Requirement, Chapter DE 13. NWTC Dental Programs are accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Important Notes:

  • This is a non-credit course.
  • Access to high-speed internet and Canvas Learning Management System are required.

Cost: $149.00

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Microsoft Excel – Level 1 Training

Participants will be provided with the opportunity to build a foundation of knowledge and skills through hands on project-based learning. This 12-hour course uses a combination of learning tools, projects, and instructor guidance to help participants achieve the level of success they wish. Throughout the course participants will have access to their instructor for assistance and guidance via Online Live Microsoft Teams Meetings, On Campus Meetings, and Email.

Important Notes:

  • This is a non-credit course.
  • This is a self-paced online course
  • Access to high-speed internet is required.

Cost: $149.00

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Microsoft Excel – Level 2 Training

Participants will be provided with the opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills developed in the Level 1 Training. The learning outcomes focus on the exploration and development of logical functions to analyze and visualize large sets of data. This 12-hour course uses a combination of learning tools, projects, and instructor guidance to help participants achieve the level of success they wish. Throughout the course participants will have access to their instructor for assistance and guidance via Online Live Microsoft Teams Meetings, On Campus Meetings, and Email.

Pre-requisite: Microsoft Excel – Level 1 Training

Important Notes:

  • This is a non-credit course.
  • This is a self-paced online course
  • Access to high-speed internet is required.

Cost: $149.00

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Microsoft Excel – Level 3 Training

Participants will be provided with the opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills developed in both the Level 1 & Level 2 Training. The learning outcomes focus on the exploration and development of PivotTables as a tool to analyze large sets of data. This 12-hour course uses a combination of learning tools, projects, and instructor guidance to help participants achieve the level of success they wish. Throughout the course participants will have access to their instructor for assistance and guidance via Online Live Microsoft Teams Meetings, On Campus Meetings, and Email.

Pre-requisite: Microsoft Excel – Level 2 Training

Important Notes:

  • This is a non-credit course.
  • This is a self-paced online course
  • Access to high-speed internet is required.

Cost: $165.00

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IT Field

Programming in Python

Programming in Python (10-152-170) – 3 credits

In this course, students investigate the fundamentals of computer programming using the Python programming language. Students examine data types, variables, conditional statements, looping, array structures, and structured programming techniques. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to use Python to apply problem solving skills to create applications for delivery to various platforms.  

Cost: $480.90  

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Database Development

Database Development (10-154-125) – 3 credits

This covers database uses, database terminology, analyzing information requirements, data models, database design phases, entity relationships, normalization processes, database management systems, database objects, development environments, creating tables, writing queries using SQL, and testing. 

Cost: $486.90  

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SQL Programming

SQL Programming (10-152-184) – 3 credits

In this course, you will learn to write queries in a relational database: creating tables, setting primary/foreign keys, populating tables, manipulating data and reporting. You will explore join types, stored procedures, functions, and database administration SQL statements.

Cost: $480.90  

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SQL Programming Advanced

SQL Programming Advanced (10-152-151) – 3 credits

In this course, you will learn to write advanced SQL statements, design robust databases, and explore performance issues and solutions at the server level and query level. Additional topics include database transformations, alternate database technologies, emerging database trends and database administration and security.

Prerequisite: 10-152-184, IT: Web: Programming-SQL

Cost: $480.90  

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Power BI

Power BI (10-103-175) – 1 credit

Power BI is a set of business analytics tools utilized to connect, aggregate, and visualize data from multiple sources to create interactive reports. You will learn how to extract, transform, and load data, as well as build a data model using modeling features, proper relationship creation, and efficient design.

Prerequisites: 10-103-131, Micro:Excel-Intro; 10-103-132, Micro:Excel-Part 2

Cost: $163.30

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Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about our new micro credentials, please contact us: microcred@nwtc.edu