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Digital Badges

Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy have partnered with Acclaim to deliver digital badges you can add to your social media profiles to validate your professional expertise!

Why Use Your Badge?

  • Anyone can verify your certification by clicking on your badge.
  • When you share your badge, you display your hard work and validate your expertise.
  • Each badge gives details about specific skills you developed.
  • When you share your new badge on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter of other platforms it builds your visibility.

How it Works

  1. You will receive an email notifying you to claim your badge at our partner Acclaim's website.
  2. Click the link in that email.
  3. Create an account on the Acclaim site.
  4. Claim your badge.
  5. Start sharing on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, your Email signature, your Website, and beyond!

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a badge? An open badge? A digital badge?

A badge is a digital way to represent your certification achievement.

An open or digital badge is a digital way to represent your certification achievement. is an online representation of an outcome or achievement. They refer specifically to badges that adhere to an open standard being led by the Mozilla Foundation for recognizing and validating learning. They are secure, web-enabled credentials that contain verified information employers can use to evaluate an individual's qualifications.

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 having a badge?

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.

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

Who is Credly? What is Acclaim?

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. Acclaim is a product of Credly, the world's leading learning company.

Acclaim is an enterprise-class badging platform based on Mozilla's Open Badges standards to support the specialized needs of credential issuers, employers and professionals. The Acclaim platform provides a secure means of credential management and sharing that adds a layer of protection against those who may falsely claim certifications or credentials.

How will I know if I 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?

If you don't want your credential or profile to be visible to the public, you can make them private. 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.

If you don't even want a credential in the form of a badge, you can discard it. All information regarding you and your credentials can be configured within your Acclaim account.

Can I include badges on my website and LinkedIn profile?

Yes. Every credential and profile on Acclaim has a unique URL that can be embedded on a resume or website. Acclaim also offers seamless integration with several popular social and professional networking platforms for the display of credentials as badges.

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

No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost. Storing, managing and broadcasting credentials is free for certification holders.

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?

Acclaim offers seamless integration with several popular social and professional networking platforms for the display of credentials as badges. You can share your badge directly from the Acclaim Platform to LinkedIn, or your social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook. You may also share it over email. It can be embedded in a website or a resume. You're even free to use it in your email signature.

Why must I approve social media sites to post on my behalf?

The user (you) has to give the permission for the bridge between the social media site and Acclaim to exist, but at no time will Acclaim post without an action being initiated by the user. Any activity taken on a user's behalf must first be initiated by them, otherwise the social platform will turn off Acclaim's access. Acclaim will never do anything beyond post a badge for a user (after it is requested) but social media sites only provide these standard permission screens and do not allow only specific actions to be omitted.

If you are still not comfortable establishing this link, we certainly understand. You can still share your badge and accomplishment by using the public URL and positing right into your social media account as a status update or tweet.

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

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 the Acclaim Platform. 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.

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?

Unfortunately, not at this time.

Why did Career Thought Leaders adapt Digital Certification?

Representing your credential with a badge gives you the ability to broadcast your skills and tell your professional story online. It also allows you to securely represent your certification across a growing number of social media outlets and forums. Employers, potential employers and anyone else with whom you wish to share your certification have single-click access to validated credential information.

What if I have multiple CTL/RWA certifications; can I claim a badge for each certification?

Yes, you will be able to claim an electronic badge for each active Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy certifications.

I have concerns regarding my certification or the Acclaim site.

For concerns regarding your certification, please contact If your question relates to the Acclaim web site, please contact Acclaim support

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