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Alternative Digital Credentials

Digital Badge (sample)

What is an alternative digital credential?

An alternative digital credential, often referred to as a digital badge, is a visual verification of a skill or set of skills you have earned through successful completion of qualifying coursework.

Alternative digital credentials are a great way to share your educational achievements, new competencies and workforce readiness with employers, colleagues, friends and family via a variety of social platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Alternative digital credentials are rapidly becoming the new standard to help adult learners like you visually highlight your dedication to your own professional development and your commitment to lifelong learning.

Each alternative digital credential also links to a unique website URL that provides a comprehensive description of the learning objectives you have achieved.

What are the benefits of earning an alternative digital credential?

Digital Badge Benefits Obtaining an alternative digital credential from University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education signifies that you have committed yourself to a quality learning experience from a recognized leader in professional development.

As an alternative digital credential holder, you are providing a quick and convenient way for your employer to confirm your newly acquired skills and knowledge at a glance. Your employer can also publicly recognize your achievements and add further to your credibility by displaying your alternative digital credential on the company’s website.

Alternative digital credentials can also assist you during a job search as they provide a way for prospective employers to discover you based on the specific skills and experience you have earned. This can help move you one step ahead of the competition in the hiring process.

What can I do with a digital badge?

Once you have earned and claimed your digital badge, you can share this accomplishment with your professional and personal network. Display it on your resume, online portfolio, website, LinkedIn profile, or social media pages.

How do I qualify for and claim an alternative digital credential?

Program BadgesIf a digital badge is available for your coursework and you have met all educational objectives, you become eligible to claim an alternative digital credential. Once our Records Department confirms your badge qualification, you will receive an email from UCI Continuing Education with instructions on how to obtain your alternative digital credential. Please note: You must successfully complete the course with a passing grade to be eligible for the badge (audits and drops do not qualify).

View a list of badges that are currently available. This list will be updated as new badges become available.


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(949) 824-5418