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ASPS Digital Badges

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ASPS digital badges are the convenient way to showcase your professional accomplishments.

What Is a Digital Badge?

A digital testament of your professional accomplishments and training, combined with a verifiable description of the specific knowledge and skills required to earn it. Digital badges are secure and social media friendly, making it easy to post your accomplishments.

Where Can I Use a Digital Badge?

Digital badges let the world know what you've accomplished, quickly and easily! Post them on your social media platforms, your email signature and your website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is digital badging?

A digital badge is a validated, standardized graphical representation of knowledge and skills that can be earned by undertaking various learning activities. Each digital badge has a unique URL that badge holders can share electronically via social media and email and embed it on an individual's profile page on a firm website.

What is the benefit of having a digital badge?

A digital badge helps individuals gain recognition for significant professional development by allowing them to easily share their achievements. Prospective clients and employers are able to quickly verify a digital badge holder's competencies and skills. The digital badge also provides greater credibility and visually declares an individual's commitment to professional development. According to a recent LinkedIn study, LinkedIn profiles with certifications and badges are viewed six times more often.

What happens once I complete a certificate or curriculum that offers a digital badge?

Within 10 business days, you will receive an email from with instructions and a link to accept your badge.

How do I accept my badge?

The instructions you receive from make it easy to log in to the ASPS Acclaim site and accept the digital badges you've earned. You have the option to use your email address, Facebook or LinkedIn to create your free account. Instructions are also available on Acclaim's Help Center.

What do the ASPS digital badges look like?

You can view all of the current ASPS digital badges on Acclaim's dedicated ASPS page.

Do I have to accept the digital badge if I complete an ASPS certificate program that offers one?

You do not have to claim the digital badge, however, digital badges are becoming the standard for recognizing and publicizing professional development.

How long do I have to accept a digital badge that I have earned?

There is no time limit to accept digital badges, although if a badge has an expiration date then the badge must be claimed before it expires.

How do I share my digital badge?

From the "Earned" tab on the ASPS Acclaim site, you can elect to share badges anywhere on the web—a personal blog, a social network such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Mozilla Open Badges, company website or an online résumé.

You can also access these instructions with screenshots on Acclaim's Help Center.

How will someone know my digital badge is authentic?

Your digital badge is linked to your profile on the ASPS Acclaim site. Each certificate and profile has a unique URL that will display your badge information if you choose to share it on a social network profile or website or in your email signature.

What is Acclaim?

Acclaim is a badging platform by Credly. Credly is leading the digital credential movement, making talent more visible and opportunity more accessible.

Whether that's entering the job market for the first time, moving forward in your existing profession, or making a career change, we're dedicated to helping you set yourself apart by representing valuable skills unique to your experiences in a way that is sharable and verifiable.

If I have digital badges that aren't from the ASPS, is there a way to consolidate them into one place?

Yes, your downloaded badge contains Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) compliant metadata embedded into the image. Acclaim has updated to the Open Badge v.2 format. Select the badge you'd like to download on your Acclaim dashboard and click into the badge. Select the blue "Share" button at the top of the page to see your badge sharing options. Select the download icon then select the "Download Image" button at the bottom of the page.

Can someone copy or steal my badge?

No, your digital badge is awarded to the name and email address you used to complete your certificate program. If someone were to copy the badge, it would be unverified and invalid.