About Us

Credential Engine is a non-profit whose mission is to map the credential landscape with clear and consistent information, fueling the creation of resources that empower people to find the pathways that are best for them.

Our Vision

We envision a future where millions of people worldwide have access to information about credentials that opens their eyes to the full range of opportunities for learning, advancement, and meaningful careers.

What We Do

Bringing credential transparency through technology

Credential Engine provides a suite of web-based services that creates for the first time a centralized Credential Registry to house up-to-date information about all credentials, a common description language to enable credential comparability, and a platform to support customized applications to search and retrieve information about credentials. Read our Strategic Plan to learn more about what we do.

Why We Do It

Through an increasing array of credentials – such as degrees, licenses, badges and apprenticeships – job seekers, students, and workers have more options than ever to help them get ahead.

Yet, there has never been an efficient way to collect, search, and compare credentials in a way that can be both universally understood and maintained in a manner that keeps up with the speed of change in the 21st century. With over 1,000,000 confirmed credentials in the U.S. alone, and likely millions worldwide, this lack of information in the marketplace contributes to confusion and uninformed decision making.

How We Do It

To bring transparency and literacy to the credentialing marketplace, Credential Engine offers a number of web-based services including:

Developing and maintaining the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), which provides the common language and “rules of the road” for how credentials, credentialing organizations, quality assurance information, and competencies are described both in the Registry and on the Web.

Scaling and maintaining a web-based Credential Registry that collects, connects, and maintains up-to-date credentialing data.

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.

Providing search engine applications such as:

Credential Finder – a prototype search application to demonstrate all the information that could be pulled from the Registry and show how it could be presented and organized

Customizable applications that can be built or used through the Open Applications Marketplace to utilize the Registryʼs data to access tailored credentialing information.

How We Address Quality

Credential Engine allows credentialing bodies and quality assurance groups to describe the varying aspects of quality through a common language so that students, workers, and employers can access the data and define quality for themselves.

Organization History

Credential Engine grew out of the Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI), which began in 2013.

CTIʼs mission was to research and initiate the development of a centralized registry of credential information, a common credentialing language, and a credential search engine. This effort was led by the George Washington Universityʼs Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP), Workcred – an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute, and Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondaleʼs Center for Workforce Development with support from the Lumina Foundation. Among others, the original research team included Fmr. Assistant Secretary of Labor Bob Jones, Dr. Bob Sheets, Dr. Steve Crawford, and Dr. Roy Swift.

Credential Engine was formally founded in 2017 to operationalize the work of CTI through the support of Lumina Foundation and JPMorganChase&Co.