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Why is Credential Transparency Valuable?

Credential transparency is valuable to the whole credential marketplace, as clear credential data can help inform so many critical stages in both education and workforce development.

Adding the context of credential information–what they mean, their value in the marketplace, and their connections to careers and other credentials--enables students to make more informed education decisions, employers to make better hiring decisions, credential bodies to make better strategic decisions about the future of their programs, states to create more comprehensive economic plans, and the military to more efficiently train service members as well as translate veteran skills for the civilian workforce. Through partnerships, Credential Engine helps strategically connect your work with the vast landscape of credentials.

Through Credential Engine, technologies are now available to:

Collect

credential data in a common language across all types of credentials from all types of providers.

Connect

credential data across systems and to other credentials.

Compare

credential data in real-time.

Curate

credential data in new ways to meet educational and economic needs.

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A transparent credential marketplace helps partners:

Plan at the organizational, association, or statewide level for the future of work by adding much-needed credential context.

Utilize credential data to identify high value, in-demand credentials.

Make policy recommendations for improving programs and filling gaps to better align with employer demand.

Map credentials to employment outcomes to inform workforce and education policy.

Streamline efforts to connect and evaluate credential information.

Who We’re Working With

States & Regions

Credential transparency is valuable to the whole credential marketplace, as clear credential data can help inform so many critical stages in both education and workforce.

Indiana

Through the Commission for Higher Education, Indiana was the first state scale up initiative, where they first focused on publishing information about healthcare credentials, with a focus on the connection to military training and highlighting Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Indiana initiative to demonstrate which credentials are related to high-priority industries. Indiana is now in the second phase of its project, where it is working with all public institutions to publish data about all credentials to the Registry.

New Jersey

Led by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey’s state scale up project is focused on publishing information about credentials that are offered in its seven Talent Development Centers. The Centers provide training in: Advanced Manufacturing; Construction & Utilities; Financial Services; Healthcare; Retail, Hospitality, & Tourism; and Transportation, Logistics, & Distribution. The New Jersey team is also working with other New Jersey agencies and systems to develop use cases and strategies for further scale up.

Kansas

Led by the Board of Regents (KBOR), Kansas will publish all active degrees, certificates, and short-term technical programs offered by the public postsecondary schools in the state with the goal of increasing visibility and comparison across state lines. Further, they will use the Registry to articulate credit for military experience and to indicate high-demand, high-wage credentials.

Michigan

Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency (TIA)—the state’s primary workforce development office— will focus on publishing credentials related to healthcare, information technology and computer science, manufacturing, business, and other professional trades to support the Governor’s Marshall Plan for Talent. By completing this project, they will be able to better identify and map career pathways and expand Registered Apprenticeships in these high demand sectors in Michigan. Additionally, they will integrate credential data from the Registry into their free Career Pathfinder tool, enabling students and jobseekers to access more complete information about career pathways and training options.

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Ohio

Ohio’s scale up project is led by their Department of Higher Education, with help from its stakeholder partners. There, they will coordinate publishing data about credentials in the information technology and cybersecurity sectors. In doing so, they aim to reveal the labor market value of credential options, strengthen pathways from secondary career technical education to postsecondary credentials, inform policy used for career and education advising in all Ohio secondary schools, and help ensure veterans are receiving proper credit for military training.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island is one of four states participating in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative led by New England Board of Higher Education in partnership with Credential Engine. HVCNE provides four states with the tools and technical assistance to identify high-value credentials in the life and biosciences, information technology, healthcare and business and financial operations industries—and populate these credentials to Credential Engine’s Credential Registry.

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts is one of four states participating in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative led by New England Board of Higher Education in partnership with Credential Engine. HVCNE provides four states with the tools and technical assistance to identify high-value credentials in the life and biosciences, information technology, healthcare and business and financial operations industries—and populate these credentials to Credential Engine’s Credential Registry.

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire is one of four states participating in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative led by New England Board of Higher Education in partnership with Credential Engine. HVCNE provides four states with the tools and technical assistance to identify high-value credentials in the life and biosciences, information technology, healthcare and business and financial operations industries—and populate these credentials to Credential Engine’s Credential Registry.

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Maine

Maine is one of four states participating in the High Value Credentials for New England (HVCNE) initiative led by New England Board of Higher Education in partnership with Credential Engine. HVCNE provides four states with the tools and technical assistance to identify high-value credentials in the life and biosciences, information technology, healthcare and business and financial operations industries—and populate these credentials to Credential Engine’s Credential Registry.

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Los Angeles

In partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and workforce data experts at BrightHive, Credential Engine is bringing together a network of partners to examine the Los Angeles region’s current credential landscape and identify ways to publish data to the Credential Registry. Through this work, the partnership is expanding local initiatives, bolster new opportunities, and developing a sustainability plan that improves outcomes across the County.

Retail & Hospitality

The Retail and Hospitality Credentials Initiative is a national effort to identify, capture, and publish the full range of industry credentials currently available in the retail, hospitality, restaurant, lodging and related sectors. Supported through a Walmart grant and in concert with the National Retail Federation Foundation, the National Restaurant Association, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Initiative publishes data on retail and hospitality credentials—from badges and certificates to degrees, licenses, and everything in between—to the Credential Registry. Among the many partners on this project are LinkedIn, Achieving the Dream, and Jobs for the Future.

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Military

Credential Engine is engaged in a wide range of initiatives with various branches and the Department of Defense to use credential transparency and clear pathway information in support of improved recruitment, development, advancement, deployment, and successful transition as a veteran. Among our initiatives is a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme (NSWC PHD) in California to investigate how the 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.

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Associations

Credential Engine works with membership associations and association foundations in education, business, technology, and other areas to expand the Credential Registry, offer new and valuable uses for credential data, and bring Credential Engine’s efforts to scale.

Vendors

Credential Engine’s vendor partners work to explore and develop new use cases and applications for the rich data provided by the Credential Registry.

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Spotlight

2019 Request for Proposals – State Partnerships for Credential Transparency

Learn more about our latest State RFP process and find out how you can apply to be part of the transparent credential marketplace.

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