Digital Badges at Cardiff Met

​Cardiff Met's digital credentialing programme provides recognition and evidence of skills and achievements through secure and verifiable digital badges.

Cardiff Met has partnered with the premier digital badging provider, Acclaim, to provide students and staff with a means of proving their digital skills. Digital badges can be shared to professional networking sites, such as LinkedIn, digital CVs and social media - making it easy for employers to verify your accomplishments.

What is a digital badge?

Digital badges are a means of sharing and verifying your achievements. The Open Badges organisation has more details:

Organizations create and issue Open Badges for you to earn, enabling you to build up your own unique collection and share them across the web. Each badge you earn contains data about your skills and the issuing organization


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 with concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of.

 

What digital badges are available at Cardiff Met?

Cardiff Met digital badges are currently issued for the successful completion of select digital skills training courses. 

The courses and digital badges are free to Cardiff Met students and staff.

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The current range of badges available are listed below. Click the links for more details about the digital badge and associated training course.


To see all the badges that are on offer, take a look at Cardiff Met's Acclaim page.

In addition to the Digital Badges at Cardiff Met courses, our Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Technology Associate training courses also result in digital badges upon passing the Microsoft exam. These are issued by Microsoft on the same platform that Cardiff Met uses (Acclaim).


How do Cardiff Met digital badges verify skills and achievements?

Cardiff Met digital badges are only issued when skills and achievements are verified. In the case of our digital skills courses, badges are only issued if learners complete the training course and pass an assessment. The assessment varies for each course, but they always involve applying the skills learnt in realistic scenarios.

Badges are issued by Cardiff Metropolitan University on the premier digital credentialing platform, Acclaim; the same platform that major companies - including Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, City and Guilds - use to share and verify skills. This signals to employers, and potential employers, that your digital credential is authentic.


How can I share my digital badges?

The best way to share your digital credentials with employers is to add it your LinkedIn profile. The certification can be added to the Licences and Certifications section:

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When employers (or anyone) click on the credential they are presented with the Acclaim page for that badge. Here they can clearly see what you are capable of as a result of gaining the certification, the skills you have demonstrated and what was required to earn the badge.

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Digital badges can also be added to social network sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, personal websites, digital CVs and email signatures. A certificate can also be printed.

 

Got a question?

See whether the Certification FAQs page answers it.  If not, get in touch with the IT Training team via email.