What is a digital badge?
A digital badge is a web-enabled version of a Charter, certification, or learning outcome, which can be verified online in real time. Digital badges recognize a learning or professional development achievement. Since it is digital, it can be shared across the internet for maximum visibility and recognition.
Why is CAIA Association offering digital badges?
Industry professionals often proudly list certification on their social profiles, email signatures, and other platforms. We are pleased to offer an easy way to both help you display a visual depiction of your accomplishment and enable easy verification for employers and clients. In addition to credibility, your digital badge conveys critical information, such as what it takes to earn the certification, key skills you’ve demonstrated, and when you earned the certification.
Why is CAIA Association partnering with Credly for these badges?
Credly works with credible organizations to provide badges to individuals worldwide to promote their skills and achievements. Badges from Credly represent achievements valued by employers and will help you tell your professional story in a way that is complete and validated.
Credly also offers labor market insights to learn which job opportunities align with your validated skills.
The badges offered through Credly are intended to verify and recognize achievements that demonstrate acquired knowledge, skills, and capabilities. These are "résumé-worthy" accomplishments that are valued by employers, organizations, and clients. Additionally, the Credly badges can be used across multiple platforms so you can share these notable achievements on social networks.
How is a badge valuable to me?
A badge allows you to easily manage, share (online), and verify your CAIA designation. This includes real-time authentication of your credential and when you obtained it. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you did to earn your credential, what you do to actively maintain your credential, and your skillset. Badges can be shared in your email signature, on your electronic résumé, and on your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles.
Credly also offers labor market insights, based on your skills so you can search and apply for job opportunities right through the Credly platform.
What are labor market insights and how can I access them through Credly?
Labor Market Insights are pulled from live job requisitions. Based on your skills, you can learn which employers are hiring, which job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges, and more. You can search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through Credly. Access the Labor Market Insights from your badge details page by clicking on Related Jobs or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge.
Is there a fee for this badge or to utilize Credly?
No. There are no fees associated with accepting a badge or utilizing Credly’s Labor Market Insights – this is a service we provide to you, at no cost.
CLAIMING YOUR BADGE
How do I know if I will receive a badge?
The badge will be issued when you meet the following criteria:
- Successful completion of both the CAIA Level I and CAIA Level II Exam.
(Stackable Credential Candidates need only successfully complete CAIA Level II Exam.)
- Meet CAIA Membership eligibility requirements (PDF) and pay annual dues.
- Agree to abide by the CAIA Candidate and Membership Agreement.
- Submit two (2) professional references.
When will I receive the CAIA Charterholder badge?
Badges will be issued to current Charterholders within 45 days of their Membership (renewal) confirmation.
How will I be notified about my badge?
You will receive an email from CAIA Association and another from Credly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.
I do not want a digital badge, how do I opt-out?
As a CAIA Charterholder, you are automatically opted-in to the certification registry, and may claim your digital Badge. If you choose not to claim your badge, simply ignore the email from Credly or, if desired, unsubscribe from the Credly emails.
SHARING YOUR BADGE
How do I share my badge?
To share your badge:
- Log into your account on www.Credly.com
- Click on the profile icon at the top right-hand corner of the page and go to “Badge Management”
- Click on the badge you would like to share
- Scroll down and click “Share”
- You will be brought to the “Share Badge” screen where you can find different tabs directing you to connect your social media accounts and share your badge.
- Once your social media account is connected, just click “Share” to share your digital badge
How do I add my badge to my LinkedIn profile?
Follow Credly’s step-by-step instructions to add your badge to your LinkedIn profile: LinkedIn instructions
How do I add my badge to my email signature?
Follow Credly’s step-by-step instructions to embed your badge within your email signature: Email instructions
Where can I share my badge?
Once the badge is accepted, you may share it with anyone you’d like, wherever you’d like:
- Via email
- Embedded in a website
I have a question about the Credly platform. Where can I find support?
You can find answers to frequently asked questions here: https://support.credly.com/.
What if I don’t want my badge to be made public?
You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You are in complete control of all the information about yourself and how it is made public, or not.
How do I keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?
While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Credly platform and verified by CAIA Association. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate.
Can I export badges issued through Credly to other badge-storing platforms?
Yes. Your downloaded badge contains Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI)-compliant metadata embedded into the image. This allows you to store your badge on other OBI-compliant badge sites, such as the Mozilla backpack.
Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Credly?
Not at this time.