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3. Align With Existing Commitments4. Catalog And Publish5. Make Data Actionable

Learning and Employment Records (LERs)

Policy-makers, employers, education providers, and other stakeholders, need ways to help learners and workers find efficient and equitable pathways to secure the right skills and credentials that lead to good jobs. LERs are a powerful tool that can help take friction out of inefficient labor markets and reveal new opportunities. These resources will provide additional context to LERs and Credential Engine's work.

Implementers
1. Understand the Value

Fact Sheets

Learn about how Credential Engine is bringing transparency and credential literacy to the marketplace for different audiences including higher education, the business community, and certification & licensure. Follow the link below to view all of our fact sheets.

Decision Makers, Implementers, State Leaders & Decision Makers
1. Understand the Value

Roadmap to Credential Transparency

Supporting credential transparency efforts is key to building an education and workforce marketplace ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century economy. This roadmap outlines how policymakers and other state leaders can lead on these issues.

State Leaders & Decision Makers
1. Understand the Value

State One Pager

Learn more about how credential transparency and linked data can power better decisions in states for all learners and how Credential Engine supports states in this work.

State Leaders & Decision Makers
1. Understand the Value

The Learn-and-Work Ecosystem

Almost 1,000,000 credentials exist in the United States. It’s difficult to find relevant information about many of them, but The Learn-and-Work Ecosystem Guide, developed by the Lumina Foundation, highlights the many intersecting initiatives aimed at shedding light on the confusing marketplace and shows where Credential Engine and its technologies fit.

Decision Makers, Implementers, State Leaders & Decision Makers
2. Make the Case

State Project Summaries

Credential Engine currently partners with 19 states and the Los Angeles region. Prior to the annual convening of state partners in 2019, each state team that was able to attend wrote brief summaries of their projects–including goals, publishing methods, and priority use cases. This resource contains all of those summaries in one document.

State Leaders & Decision Makers
2. Make the Case

State Services Details Fact Sheet

Credential Engine has targeted expertise for helping states and regions benefit from credential and competency transparency. In addition to our open, freely available resources, we offer fee-based services for strategy, project management, and implementation support for using CTDL data effectively to achieve statewide and regional goals.

State Leaders & Decision Makers
2. Make the Case

Use Case Template for States

Once priority use cases have been determined, it is important to communicate the value and vision of this work. States can use this template or develop their own communications resources to share their goals widely.

Implementers
3. Align With Existing Commitments

Making Information About Credentials More Actionable Through Increased Transparency and Quality Assurance

Decision makers at all levels require quality data around job opportunities, skill and knowledge demands, and which credentials and pathways to pursue. Providing decision makers at all levels with frameworks to describe the attributes of a quality credential is one that requires partnership across state policymakers and with other stakeholders such as employers, education and training providers, advocates, and accreditors. The value of credential transparency rises exponentially when it includes assurances of quality.

Implementers, State Leaders & Decision Makers
3. Align With Existing Commitments

State Use Cases: Examples

Credential Engine's technologies can support numerous statewide priorities. This resource provides examples of how states have approached using a common language and open source, comparable data for use cases such as defining pathways, updating approving functions, identifying high value credentials, and others.

State Leaders & Decision Makers
4. Catalog And Publish

API Publishing Guidance

Use the Registry Assistant API Handbook to plan, test, and publish using an Application Programming Interface (API).

Implementers
4. Catalog And Publish

Completing Updates to the Currency Policy and Reports

Credential Engine created a new automated process for quality and currency controls that now generates detailed reports for Duplicate Resources, Broken Webpage Links, Resource Currency, and Incomplete Publishing, from the new Credential Registry Services page.

Implementers
4. Catalog And Publish

General Approaches to State Publishing

Credential Engine offers multiple options for publishing to the Registry. This guide outlines the publishing methods available and approaches states might take to utilize these methods for different processes and stakeholders.

Implementers
4. Catalog And Publish

Making Certification Data Transparent to Advance State Goals

In order to ensure that all certifications are found and connected, credential information needs to be made transparent through Credential Engine’s open source Registry. Credential Engine, its Certification & Licensure Advisory Group (CLAG), and its state partners ask that key information about certifications be made open and available through the Credential Registry.

Implementers, State Leaders & Decision Makers
4. Catalog And Publish

Manual Publishing Guidance

These step-by-step guides walk users through publishing via the manual editor for organization information, minimum required credential data, and benchmark level data.

Implementers
4. Catalog And Publish

Minimum & Benchmark Data Policies

Credential Engine requires a minimum set of data to ensure consistency and usefulness of data published to the Registry, as well as recommendations for benchmark levels of data that can be published to support many use cases. Additionally, state and regional partners often choose to set their own policies to ensure consistency in the state.

Implementers
4. Catalog And Publish

Trusted Third Party Publishing Policy

Many state and regional partners have existing credential data collection processes; Credential Engine's trusted third party publishing policies are designed to streamline workflows for efficient publishing while ensuring buy-in and participation from credential providers.

Implementers
5. Make Data Actionable

Credential Transparency & P-20W Data Systems: Aligning Education and Employment Information to Meet State Talent Goals

It’s possible for states to have full transparency about both the skills needed for success in the job market and the credentials that signal competence and readiness for those jobs. But it only will happen if states employ better workforce and education data through P-20W data systems and adopt new technology that enables the data to be analyzed and made actionable.

Implementers, State Leaders & Decision Makers

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This toolkit is designed to be used alongside our State Roadmap and Action Guide.

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