General Toolkit

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Understand the Value

Slide Deck

This PowerPoint presentation describes who Credential Engine is, what we do, and how transparency leads to transformation. Partners can adapt and customize this slide deck based on their needs.

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.

The Connected 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.

Velocity Network

HR and education technology powerhouses showcase verifiable career credentials via Velocity Network collaboration.

State Policy Briefs

A series of policy briefs offers guidance to state leaders--supported by real state examples--on how to advance credential transparency.

Frequently Asked Questions

A selection of our most frequently asked questions and answers about Credential Engine's goals and technologies.

News and Media

This selection of press clips and other media are notable examples of how Credential Engine's work is being highlighted and gaining traction.

Make the Case

Roles & Responsibilities

Credential Transparency requires a collaborative effort; this guide provides context for who should be involved in the work within states and what their roles might be.

Use Case Guides

The Credential Registry and CTDL can be the backbone of numerous initiatives, projects, and other uses. These resources can help you develop and communicate use cases that are important to your audiences.

Services from Credential Engine

Credential Engine offers a wide range of freely available resources as well as fee-based services that meet the needs of organizations managing credential and competency data.

Additional Fact Sheets

These additional fact sheets explain linked data and the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL).

A Guide to Use Cases

Use cases describe how students, employers, educators, policy makers, and other stakeholders can use the data in the Registry to address specific questions or challenges.

Publish and Consume Data

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.

Best Practice for Publishing

In order to ensure users have a basic level of data points by which to compare credentials, Credential Engine developed a policy to require a minimum set of data for those adding their data into the registry.

Guidance for Publishing Certifications

This document provides publishers additional guidance on how to distinguish between certifications and certificates, and how to best represent certifications on the Registry.

Publishing Guides

Useful resources to get started with publishing and useful questions for developers building a connected learn-and-work ecosystem.

Bulk Upload Publishing Resources

A collection of publishing resources that provide instructions on how to publish credential data via the Bulk Upload publishing method.

Vendor RFP Language

This sample RFP statement has been developed in consultation with Credential Engine’s Higher Education Advisory Group to help communicate institutional expectations for credential data transparency.


Use these resources to develop tools and applications that pull data from the Registry.

Build Enduring Commitment



Use these resources to develop tools and applications that pull data from the Registry.