What is a digital badge?

A digital badge is a web-enabled acknowledgement of a certificate, course completion, or learning outcome. The skills acquired to obtain your digital badge can be verified in real-time, online, allowing you to quickly demonstrate and validate your accomplishments.

Why a digital badge?

Translating and highlighting skills on a resume can result in oversimplified and underwhelming bits of information that often fail to encompass the work entailed for you to attain your certification or to clearly translate the scope of your newly acquired expertise. Digital badges allow you to easily communicate your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace. The University of Vermont’s Professional and Continuing Education digital badge credentialing system is completely voluntary and free to you.

How does digital badge credentialing work?

The University of Vermont Professional and Continuing Education has partnered with Credly’s digital badge credentialing system. Badges are issued and managed through Credly.

Credly helps you to easily manage, share, and authenticate your learning. It also offers labor market insights, based on your skills, which allows you to search and apply for job opportunities right through Credly.

How do I obtain a badge?

Once you have successfully completed your course or certificate program at PACE:

  • You will receive an email notification from admin@credly.com with instructions for setting up your account and claiming your badge
  • Claim your badge and share directly from Credly to LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, over email, and/or embed within your website or email signature
  • Credly not only allows you to access your digital badge(s), but, for UVM certificate graduates, account holders can also download and print a copy of their certificate


You will receive an email notification from Credly with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

The University of Vermont Professional and Continuing Education’s new digital badge credentialing system is completely voluntary.

No. This is a service The University of Vermont Professional and Continuing Education provides to you, at no cost.

While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on Credly. 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.

You can share your badge directly from Credly to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature.

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 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.

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.

You can find answers to frequently asked questions at support.credly.com

Yes.  The certificate is available for download and print on Credly from the Share your badge page.