Digital badges

We are committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals and we understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. That is why we have partnered with Credly’s Acclaim platform to provide you with a digital version of your credentials. Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This digital image contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them.

What is a digital badge?

NorQuest College Digital Badge

A digital badge is a shareable credential that you can post on social media, a digital resume, or on a website/ blog that contains details about your course, called metadata. This metadata is then accessible to anyone who clicks on your badge allowing you to showcase all of the skills and knowledge you acquired to future employers, colleagues, or other educational institutions.

At NorQuest College, we are committed to providing you with the tools you need to be successful in your career, not just in your studies. That is why we have partnered with Credly’s Acclaim platform to provide you with a digital version of your credential. In today’s digital world, the ability to share a credential across a wide variety of platforms allows your skills and expertise to be at the forefront of your online presence. With so many employers requiring online job applications and completing social media checks on future candidates, sharing your accomplishments digitally is a no-brainer.

How does it work?

Once you have completed your course, you will receive an email from Credly to accept your digital badge. To do this, you simply create a free account within Credly’s Acclaim platform by following the link provided in the email. You then can share your badge directly from Acclaim and even search for labour market statistics and job postings for your area.

Why did we use Credly’s Acclaim? We chose the Acclaim platform because of it’s open-sourced verification process. This means that anyone clicking on your digital badge will know that it has been verified and issued by NorQuest – regardless of where you have shared it. Knowing your credential is safe, verifiable, and unable to be duplicated is one of the main factors for choosing Acclaim (and why we don’t just send you a picture of your badge). The digital badge is unique to you and you’ve earned it, so you should share it!

How does my certification get displayed as a badge?

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.

What are the benefits of a badge?

Representing your skills, knowledge and competencies 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. Credly’s Acclaim Platform also offers labour market insights, based on your skills, knowledge and competencies. You can search and apply for job opportunities through the Acclaim Platform.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Is there a fee to use Credly’s Acclaim Platform?

No. This is a service we provide to you at no cost.

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’s Acclaim Platform. 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.

Where and how can I share my badge through Credly’s Acclaim Platform?

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.

What are labour market insights and how can I access them through Credly’s Acclaim Platform?/

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.

Can I export badges issued through Credly’s Acclaim Platform 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 Mozilla backpack.

Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Credly’s Acclaim Platform?

Not at this time.

I have a question about the Acclaim Platform. Where can I find support?

You can find answers to frequently asked questions at