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Badge FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Digital Badge?

Digital badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome which can be verified online in real-time.

Why should I apply for and earn a badge?

  1. Digital badges help you showcase achievements, acquired skills, competencies, accomplishments, and/or mastery of knowledge that are specified for each badge.
  2. Digital badges let you easily share your achievements where it matters – major social platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook.
  3. Badges come with built-in credibility. It’s one thing to say you’ve done something, it’s another thing to have someone endorse you.
  4. Badges provide employers, educators, and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your badge and what you are now capable of.

How can I earn a Digital Badge?

Each badge has its own requirements, which are outlined on the specific badge page under Earning Criteria on and the badge offerings webpage.

Are the courses for these badges offered in person or online?

Pace Badge courses can be online, in-person, or hybrid. Some badges have experiential criteria.

How does my learning get displayed as a badge?

We have partnered with Credly and their digital badging platform to translate your learning outcomes into a badge. The technology Credly uses enables you to manage, share, and verify your competencies digitally.

Who is Credly?

Credly is the end-to-end solution for issuing and managing digital credentials. Credly works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals worldwide.

Credly also offers labor market insights, based on the skills you acquired by earning a badge. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through Credly.

How will I receive my digital Badge?

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

Is there a fee associated with digital badges and to use Credly?

No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost. Badges are free to accept, i.e., there is no cost to create a account or to accept a badge.

Note: There may be a cost associated with the criteria to earn a badge such as tuition for a Credit course.

Where can I share my badge through Credly? 

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

What if I don’t want my badge to be public?

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

What’s to 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 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.

Can I export badges issued through Credly to other badge-storing platforms?

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 Badgr Backpack.

Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Credly?

Not at this time.

I have a question about Credly. Where can I find support?

You can find tutorials and answers to additional questions here: