Digital Badges and Credentials


At Brown University, we are dedicated to empowering you in reaching your professional aspirations. We recognize that effectively showcasing your credentials in today's rapidly expanding online marketplace can be daunting. That's why we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Credly, offering you a digital version of your credentials. 


A digital badge is a type of credential that allows you to show specific skills that you have gained through learning experiences. It is clickable and houses information such as the issuing institution, the date earned, the criteria required to earn the badge, and the evidence that shows that you have met the required criteria. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 


Digital badges are dynamic credentials that you own, so you can decide how you want to use them. Once you earn a badge you own it, so you may use it however you wish. Digital badges can be put on social media site, such as LinkedIn, added as a link on your digital resume, email signature, embedded in your e-portfolio, and more. 


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 are an eco-friendly solution to provide employers and peers with concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and your capabilities.


Earn badges by graduating from Brown learning programs such as Leading from Where You Are, Management Essentials, and Leadership Certification Program.

Leading from Where You Are (LFWYA) - LFWYA helps individual contributors develop the skills necessary to lead from within their current position.

Leadership Certification Program - The Leadership Certification Program (LCP) provides new and existing leaders with the skills necessary to effectively lead at Brown.

Management Essentials - The Management Essentials Program offers a strong foundation in crucial information and skills for effective leadership. It focuses on key HR-related policies and procedures within the context of the employee lifecycle, essential for every manager to know.

Credly Email Image.png






Step 1: Enroll and graduate from either LFWYA or Leadership Certification Program.

Step 2: Accept your badge through Credly. Once you have completed a course, you will receive an email from Credly asking you to accept your digital badge.  For first-time users, the email will prompt you to sign up on Credly.

Step 3: Share your badge. Once you’ve accepted your badge in Credly, you can share on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, by clicking on the "share" button and selecting the social media platform(s) of your choice. You will be prompted to allow Credly to access your social media account(s) to post your badge.

Step 4: If you choose not to immediately share your badge, you can log in to your Credly account at any time to access and share your badges. To do so you must: Select the badge you'd like to share. You will be brought to the "share badge" screen where you can find different tabs directing you to connect your social media accounts and share your badges. At the top of the page, select the "share" button.


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 Credly to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge, issued and managed through the company's digital badging platform. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.

Q: Who is Credly?

A: 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.

Q: How will I know if I’ve earned a badge?

A: You will receive an email notification from Credly ([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 Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

Q: Is there a fee to use Credly?

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 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.

Q: Where and how can I share my badge through Credly?

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

Q: What are labor market insights and how can I access them through Credly?

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 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.

Q: Can I export badges issued through Credly 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 Badgr Backpack.  

Q: Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Credly?

A: Not at this time.

Q. How do I share my badge?

A: There are several ways you can share your digital badge. Once you are logged into your account and have navigated to the Share Badge screen you will see the following sharing options: 

  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn): Select one of these social media platforms and click to connect. You will be prompted to log in to your account. 

  • Email: Select the email tab and you will be prompted to create a message.

  • Link: Select the link tab to copy the badge URL. This URL can be shared on a resume, e-portfolio, website, etc.

  • Embed code: Select the embed tab, then, copy and paste the code to display your digital badge directly on your webpage, blog, or anywhere else that accepts HTML.

  • Download: Select the download tab to download your badge to your computer or other devices.

  • Print: Select the print tab to download a printable certificate that showcases your badge (please note that this option is not available for all badges).

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

A: You can find tutorials and answers to additional questions here: