"People deserve a system that will help them get higher up the ladder of opportunity, with credentials that have value and lead directly to jobs or further education. The registry offers an exciting solution toward this goal."
- Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation

Credential Registry

What is the Credential Registry?

The Credential Registry is a new approach to capturing, connecting, archiving, and sharing information about:
  • Credentials, including degrees, certificates, certifications, licenses, apprenticeships, badges, micro-credentials, and more.
  • Credentialing organizations that issue these credentials to individual credential holders including universities, colleges, schools, industry and professional associations, certification organizations, military, and more.
  • Quality assurance organizations that accredit, approve, recognize, endorse or otherwise assure the quality of credentials and/or credentialing organizations.
  • Competency frameworks that communicate competencies and learning outcomes for credentials or provide common language and reference points for doing that.
Dozens of credentialing institutions and quality assurance bodies are already posting information on the registry, which includes all kinds of credentials, from degrees, certificates, and certifications to licenses, badges, and micro-credentials. Learn more about our registry participants.

How Does the Registry Work?

Credential Registry
The Credential Registry uses open-licensed software to continuously capture, connect, archive, and share metadata about credentials, credentialing organizations, quality assurance organizations, competency frameworks, and additional metadata as needed to support an open applications marketplace.
Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL)
The Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) provides the common language for the registry in the form of metadata schema and vocabulary that describe key features of credentials, credentialing organizations, quality assurance organizations, and competency frameworks critical for determining the quality and value of credentials. The CTDL has been developed with broad input from credentialing stakeholders and continues to evolve in an iterative process. The CTDL conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) specifications and builds on Schema.org.
Credential Finder
Credential Finder is an open-source, prototype credential search app maintained by Credential Engine to demonstrate the power of the Credential Registry and promote the development of additional software apps that serve the needs of job seekers, students, workers, employers, and others. Using Credential Finder, anyone can search and find data pulled from the Credential Registry. As the Registry grows, so will the scope and utility of information provided on Credential Finder.
Credential Registry Open Applications Marketplace will be supported by Credential Engine through the open Credential Registry Applications Programming Interface (CR-API), web applications hosting, and sharing of source code including source code for the Credential Finder prototype search application designed to show the power of the Registry. Credential Engine also will highlight and showcase applications through its website and will actively engage the applications community through webinars and meetings through its User Community Support.
Credential Registry User Community Support will be provided by Credential Engine including support for publishing to the Credential Registry and for applications development. This support will include technical assistance, professional training and development, conferences, and other services.