Earn and Display Your Microcredentials

What Is a Microcredential?

A microcredential (also known as a digital badge) is a visual representation of an achievement or a developed competency. At the most basic level, microcredentials verify, validate, and attest that specific skills and/or competencies have been achieved. They differ from traditional degrees and certificates in that they are generally offered in shorter or more flexible time spans and tend to be more narrowly focused.

Earning microcredentials can:

  • Demonstrate accomplishments and experience gained through volunteer service, professional learning, and work-related projects or contributions
  • Tell peers and current and prospective employers a detailed story of both hard and soft skills acquired
  • Provide a pathway to continuing education and support lifelong learning

How to Earn Microcredentials

To earn a microcredential, you must meet specific criteria associated with each. For details, explore the EDUCAUSE microcredentials offered.

Once you have met the criteria for a particular microcredential, EDUCAUSE will notify you via an email from [email protected] or you can log in to Credly's Acclaim badge platform (accounts are free) to find your microcredential(s).*

While in the Acclaim platform, you can also find:

  • A web-enabled version of your certification that can be shared online
  • An efficient way of posting to social media platforms
  • Labor market insights that relate your skills to jobs
  • A trusted method for real-time certification verification

*Please note—all microcredentials are issued to the email address associated with your EDUCAUSE Profile. Create a profile or log in to make sure your profile is current. In setting up your Credly account, use the same email address associated with your EDUCAUSE Profile.

How to Leverage & Display Your Microcredential(s)

Tell your story of professional growth and engagement by displaying your EDUCAUSE microcredentials. Watch the quick video below on how to put your new microcredential to work on your:

  • Social media sites (e.g., LinkedIn)
  • Website or blog
  • Email signature

You can even generate a printable certificate! Learn more about how badges support professional growth and advancement.