"I’m excited about the registry’s flexibility and its dynamism. It makes the credentialing process more transparent and understandable for students and employers, and begins to create the data for students to understand how a specific credential relates to entering a job and building a career."
- Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College

Through an increasing array of credentials – degrees, certificates, industry certifications, licenses, badges, apprenticeships, and micro-credentials – job seekers, students, and workers have more options than ever to help them get ahead. But there has been no practical way to obtain relevant and comparable information about these diverse credentials. This information is of great interest to stakeholders in the credentialing marketplace.

To help solve this problem, Credential Engine is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to improve transparency in the credentialing marketplace by:

  1. Scaling and maintaining a web-based Credential Registry that – through software apps built on the registry’s data – enables job seekers, students, workers, and employers to search for and compare credentials, just as travel apps are used to compare flights, rental cars, and hotels. Learn more.
  2. Developing and maintaining Credential FinderTM – a prototype open-source credential search app to demonstrate the power of the registry. Learn more.
  3. Promoting an open applications marketplace to foster the development of additional software apps built on the registry to serve various stakeholder needs. Learn more.
  4. Guiding the future development and use of the registry through stakeholder advisory groups representing the higher education, business, certification and licensure, quality assurance, and technical communities. Learn more.
  5. Maintaining the open-licensed Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), which provides the common language for the metadata on the registry. Learn more.

As of December 2017, the Credential Registry and Credential Finder are now live and open to the public for publish and search.

Learn more about the our work with this brief video series.

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