What is Digital Badging?

We are committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals and we understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. That is why we have partnered with Credly’s Acclaim platform to provide you with a digital version of your credentials. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This digital image contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them.

Recognize. Verify. Display.

Add a CEDS Certification Digital badge to your LinkedIn Profile, Facebook Page or Twitter account to validate your professional & technical expertise.

  • Anyone can verify your CEDS Certification by clicking on your badge.
  • Display your hard work and validate your expertise.
  • If you have earned a certification but have not received the badge email us at customerservice@aceds.org and check your “Certification Management” section to claim your badge.

How it Works:

  1. You will receive an email notifying you to claim your badge at our partner Acclaim's website. (You may want to whitelist acclaim.com if you have a spam filter.)
  2. Click the link in that email.
  3. Create an account on the Acclaim site and confirm your email.
  4. Accept your badge.
  5. Start sharing.


Q: I am not a CEDS. How do I earn this credential?
A: For details on earning the CEDS credential, please click here: https://www.aceds.org/page/certification

Q: What is an open badge?
A: Open badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome which can be verified in real-time, online.

Q: How does my certification get displayed as a badge?
A: We have partnered with Acclaim to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge. The technology Acclaim uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.

Q: What are the benefits of a badge?
A: Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of. Acclaim also offers labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through the Acclaim platform.

Q: Who is Acclaim?
A: Acclaim is a digital badge platform that works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.

Q: How will I know if I’ve earned a badge?
A: You will receive an email notification from Acclaim (admin@youracclaim.com) with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

Q: What if I don’t want my badge to be public?
A: You can easily configure your privacy settings in Acclaim. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

Q: Is there a fee to use Acclaim?
A: No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost as part of your certification benefits.

Q: What’s to keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?
A: While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Acclaim platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

Q: Where and how can I share my badge through Acclaim?
A: You can share your badge directly from the Acclaim platform to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature.

Q: What are labor market insights and how can I access them through Acclaim?
A: Labor market insights are pulled from live job requisitions. Based on your skills you can learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges and more. Search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through Acclaim. 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. Ediscovery is a new job category to Acclaim, and over the next few months, we will see jobs populated.

Q: Can I export badges issued through Acclaim to other badge-storing platforms?
A: Yes, you can download your badge from the Share Badge page. 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.

Q: Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Acclaim?
A: Not at this time.

Q: I have a question about the Acclaim platform. Where can I find support?
A: You can find answers to frequently asked questions here: support.youracclaim.com. If you do not find the answer you need, please reach out to customerservice@aceds.org or call 1-844-992-2337.


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