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Digital Badge FAQs

The SFIA Foundation operates a Credly platform to issue its digital badges and to endorse the digital badges issued by Approved Assessment Partners. Some FAQs associated with the Credly digital badges that an individual may receive.

SFIA Digital Badges:

The SFIA Foundation has partnered with Credly, using their Acclaim platform, to provide digital badges. This programme is to allow the SFIA Foundation and its Partner organisations to issue digital badges. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumés, and non social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. The digital image contains verified metadata that describes the achievement in earning a badge and the process required to earn it.

SFIA Digital Badge FAQs:

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

Q: How does my certification get displayed as a badge?
A: We have partnered with Credly to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge, issued and managed through the company’s Acclaim Platform. The technology Credly uses on its Acclaim Platform 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. The Acclaim Platform also offers labour market insights, based on your skills. 

Q: Who/what is Acclaim?
A: Acclaim is a digital badge platform, provided by Credly, that works with credible organisations 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 the Acclaim Platform ([email protected]) 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 the Acclaim Platform. 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.

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 prevents the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

Q: Where and how can I share my badge through Credly’s Acclaim Platform?
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: Can I export badges issued through Credly’s Acclaim Platform 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 Credly’s Acclaim Platform?
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:

Q: I have a question about SFIA Foundation digital badges. Where can I find support?
A: You can contact the SFIA Foundation at [email protected]

Q: What are labour market insights / how can I access them through the Acclaim Platform?
A: Labour 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 the Acclaim Platform. Access the labour market insights from your badge details page by clicking on Related Jobs, or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge.