For Immediate Release

Credential Engine and U.S. Navy Enter Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to Bring CTDL to Navy Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

April 20, 2018, (Washington, DC) – Credential Engine is pleased to announce a new CRADA with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme (NSWC PHD) in California to investigate how the integration of Credential Engine’s open-source schema, designed to improve the transparency of credentials, can link to a Navy PLM system. The integration will improve competency tracking capabilities, advance the Navy’s ability to meet ready relevant learning goals, and transform its product lifecycle management.

“We need to know and link the human credentials and competencies associated with Navy systems,” says Wayne Gafford, NSWC PHD CRADA Principle Investigator. “System maintenance, operational, and troubleshooting requirements change, and that cycle is constant and evolving.”

Aligning Navy system performance requirements with workforce readiness will validate that the investments made in force education and training are both effective and efficient. It is imperative that they are able to thoroughly track facility and equipment updates and implement necessary new training programs to confirm that these new systems can perform at the highest level. With a myriad of competencies to track, it is essential to ensure that changes to training and maintenance protocols are not lagging behind the speed of change in the field. The Navy relies on both systems tracking and timely training as part of readying their workforce to meet every mission.

Working with Credential Engine, the U.S. Navy will examine how the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) can be used to map and translate current Navy technical standards for tracking changes in training, equipment upgrades, and maintenance needs. The Navy will also analyze their ability to add these credentials to the Credential Registry, thereby improving transparency and comparability for service members and civilians alike.

“We are confident that the open-source CTDL and CTDL-ASN will allow the Navy to make more strategic decisions about its workforce education and training and be better able to meet its ready relevant learning goals,” said Scott Cheney, executive director for Credential Engine. “We look forward to working with the U.S. Navy on this project, and to further work with the Department of Defense.”

This two-year agreement between the Navy and Credential Engine will be completed in three phases to identify the most pertinent gaps, build out use cases, and implement and integrate technological solutions. This work will begin with a focus on mapping select surface fleet system maintenance for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division with a potential for additional expansion at a later date.



Credential Engine is a non-profit whose mission is to create credential transparency, reveal the credential marketplace, increase credential literacy, and empower everyone to make more informed decisions about credentials and their value.

Credential Engine Communications Contact: Carrie Samson

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