A digital badge is a web-enabled version of a certification, or learning outcome, which can be verified online in real time. Digital badges recognize a learning or professional development achievement. Since it is digital, it can be shared across the internet for maximum visibility and recognition.
Why is PMI offering digital badges?
We know many people proudly list their certification(s) on their social profiles, email signatures, and other platforms, so we are providing digital badges to help you display a visual depiction of your accomplishments. In addition, a digital badge conveys other critical information, such as what it takes to earn the certification(s), key skills you’ve demonstrated, and when you earned the certification(s).
Why is PMI partnering with Acclaim for these badges?
Acclaim is a product of Pearson, the world’s leading learning company. Acclaim works with credible organizations to provide badges to individuals worldwide to promote their skills and achievements.
Badges from Acclaim represent achievements valued by employers and will help you tell your professional story in a way that is complete and validated.
Acclaim also offers labor market insights to learn which job opportunities align with your validated skills.
How do these badges differ from the badges PMI offers on ProjectManagement.com?
The badges offered through Acclaim are intended to validate and recognize achievements that demonstrate verifiable knowledge, skills, and capabilities. These are “résumé-worthy” accomplishments that are valued by employers, organizations, and clients.
The badges that currently exist on ProjectManagement.com differ in that they provide recognition for meaningful engagement within the ProjectManagement.com community. Activities associated with these badges can range from writing blog posts, to speaking at a PMI event, to being a PMI member, just to name a few.
Additionally, the Acclaim badges can be used across multiple platforms so you can share these notable achievements on social networks, including LinkedIn, whereas the ProjectManagement.com badges can only be utilized within that community space.
How is a badge valuable to me?
A badge allows you to easily manage, share (online), and verify your PMI certification(s). This includes real-time authentication of your certification(s) and when you obtained it (them). Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your certification(s), what you do to actively maintain your certification(s), and your skillset. Badges can be shared in your email signature, on your electronic résumé, and on your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles.
Acclaim also offers labor market insights, based on your skills so you can search and apply for job opportunities right through the Acclaim platform.
What are labor market insights and how can I access them through Acclaim?
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. You can search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through Acclaim. 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.
Is there a fee for this badge or to utilize Acclaim?
No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost.
Badges will be awarded for certifications that meet the following criteria:
Certification is active and in good standing
Certification is suspended
Certification is retired
Additionally, you must be opted-in to the certification registry to receive a badge. If you are not opted-in to the registry, you will not be awarded a badge.
If your certification(s) is(are) expired or has(have) been revoked, you will not receive a badge.
When will I get the badge(s) for my PMI certification(s)?
Badges will be rolled out to existing certification holders between 30 May – 23 June.
Once existing certification holders receive their badge, we will begin to award badges for newly earned certifications on an ongoing basis.
How will I be notified about my badge?
You will receive an email notification from Acclaim (firstname.lastname@example.org) with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.
I am opted-out of the registry but I want to receive a badge, what should I do?
If you are currently opted-out of the certification registry then you will not receive a badge. If your certification status permits you to receive a badge, then you will need to opt-in to the registry to receive it.
To opt-in to the registry, log in to the PMI certification system (https://certification.pmi.org/) and select “Edit Registry Options” under your profile on the left navigation bar. You can then select to include yourself in the registry.
Please note that it may take a few days to issue the badge after you have opted-in to the registry.
I do not want a digital badge, how do I opt-out?
As a certification holder opted-in to the certification registry, we are providing you the ability to claim your certification digital badge. If you do not want your digital badge simply disregard the email from Acclaim. You also have the option to manage and/or unsubscribe from Acclaim emails when you receive their email invitation.
You can easily configure your privacy settings in Acclaim. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.
How do I 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 the Acclaim platform and verified by PMI. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate.
Can I export badges issued through Acclaim to other badge-storing platforms?
Yes. 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 Acclaim?