Digital Badges

A Digital Way to Communicate Your HR Mastery

Significantly enhance your professional brand with digital badges from HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). Recently introduced as another benefit for HRCI certification holder, digital badges are a sophisticated way to communicate HR achievements and capabilities on social media, emails and resumes.

Partnering with Acclaim and using Mozilla’s Open Badges standard, HRCI digital badges enable you to provide employers with easy, valid verification of your credential(s), while positioning you at the forefront of this new technology. Digital badging also protects the integrity of your credential. It provides a link to verified and secure data from HRCI that cannot be falsified.

Extra Digital Badge Benefits

When you secure your digital badge, you also get an added bonus. You get access to labor market insights from Acclaim. By associating your badge with associated skills tags, you can search for jobs and salary ranges.

Digital Badges: Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Digital Badge?

HRCI digital badges are your proof of certification. HRCI digital badges enable you to enhance your professional brand and digital footprint. With digital badges, you can easily showcase your HR achievements and capabilities on social media, emails, personal websites and resumes. Digital badges protect the integrity of your credential by providing a link to verified data from HRCI that cannot be falsified. HRCI’s digital badges allow you to provide employers with easy, valid verification of your credentials, while positioning you at the forefront of this new technology for communicating professional skills. Learn more about digital badges from our partner, Acclaim.

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What is meant by Open Badges?

Open Badges refer specifically to digital badges that adhere to an open standard for recognizing and validating learning. Open Badges are secure, web-enabled credentials that contain granular, verified information employers can use to evaluate an individual’s achievements.

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How does my credential get displayed as a digital badge?

HRCI partners with Acclaim to translate our certifications into the Open Badges standard defined by Mozilla. That means you are now able to accept, manage and share your credential as a digital asset.

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Can I display my digital badge on my resume, email signatures and across social media?

Your ability to share your badge(s) on social media sites and other digital properties is one of the valuable features of an HRCI digital badge. Each digital badge has a unique URL that can be embedded on a resume, website or social media channel. Read How to Display Your HRCI Digital Badge on Social Media and Email Signatures for more details.

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How is displaying my credential as a digital badge useful?

Representing your certification as a digital badge gives you the ability to broadcast your credential and tell your professional story online with single-click access to validated credential information. Many employers are learning about digital badges, so displaying an online portfolio of your credentials will place you at the forefront of what will become a convenient circulation medium for communicating professional skills. 

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Who is Acclaim?

Acclaim is an independent initiative backed by Pearson, a leading learning company. Its focal point is an enterprise-class badging platform built in compliance with Mozilla’s Open Badges standard to support the specialized needs of credential issuers, employers and professionals. The Acclaim platform provides a secure means of storage, transport and credential publishing that adds a layer of protection against those who may falsely claim high-stakes credentials. 

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What is the relationship between Acclaim and HRCI?

HRCI has entered into a vendor relationship with Acclaim to implement the digital badging program. You must go to the Acclaim website to claim (accept), store and transmit open badges related to your credential(s). This is also others verify your credentials based on the metadata contained within the digital badge.

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What is metadata?

Metadata is information that is held as a description of stored data that is then displayed as your HRCI digital badge. 

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What if I don’t want my credential to be public?

If you don’t want your certification to be visible to the public, you can make it private. If you don’t want your profile to be visible to the public, you can make it private. If you don’t even want your certification in the form of a digital badge, you can discard it. All information regarding you and your credentials can be configured within your Acclaim account.

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Is there a fee for the digital badge?

No. Storing, managing and broadcasting your certification is free to HRCI certification holders. HRCI has made an agreement with Acclaim to offset any costs and to ensure you have a best-in-class platform to display your hard earned HRCI credentials.

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Can I earn other credentials to display as a digital badge?

Digital badging is still an emerging technology, but increasing numbers of companies, training organizations and credentialing agencies are adopting the Open Badges standard. Acclaim works directly with credentialing issuers to display their credentials as digital badges. If there is a particular credential you would like to see represented on Acclaim, please contact Acclaim support.

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What’s to keep someone from copying my badge and using it?

While digital badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Acclaim platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a traditional paper-based credential or certificate.

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Can my Acclaim profile include other badges I’ve earned?

While Acclaim adheres to the Open Badges standard defined by Mozilla, they do not currently support the uploading of badges issued by other platforms. However, this is an enhancement they intend to make. If you have questions or other badges that you would like displayed on Acclaim, please contact Acclaim support directly.

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Who should I contact if there are issues with my digital badge?

If your question relates to the status of your certification or re-certification, please contact info@hrci.org. If your question relates to any information on the Acclaim web site, please contact Acclaim support directly.

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When will I get my badge?

HRCI will send you an e-mail notification. For more information, please contact info@hrci.org.

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What if I am no longer certified or have not recertified on a timely basis?

If your certification(s) with HRCI is suspended, your digital badge will change to a “pending recertification” status. Once the suspension period has passed, and your certification has expired, you will no longer be able to display a digital badge.

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