Let the community know about your accomplishments by sharing your official digital badges.
Badges from the Consortium for Service Innovation and the KCS Academy provide professional recognition for individuals who have achieved certain levels of understanding and comprehension of the Consortium’s methodologies and practices.
- We’ve partnered with Credly, the leading digital badge provider, to help you share your accomplishments.
- An open digital badge is a web-enabled version of a certification, accomplishment or other achievement that can be verified in real-time, online.
- Badges are shareable on any digital platform: social media, email signature, embedded in your resume, or on your website bio.
- By clicking on the badge, employers and peers will see real-time concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential.
- More badges coming soon!
How it Works
Receive digital badge email.
Once you have earned a badge, you will receive an email from Credly. KCS Academy will be issuing your badge through the Credly platform.
Create your Credly account.
Follow the directions in the email from Credly. First time users will be required to create an account within Credly’s platform. Return users will be asked to sign in and and claim their badge.
Claim your new digital badge.
Once you have created your Credly account, you will be able to accept your pending KCS Academy badge through your Credly dashboard and then edit your badge “settings.”
Share your new accomplishments.
Connect your social media accounts to your Credly profile. You can post the unique badge url on social media, in your email signature or resume, or on your website.
Currently Available Badges
KCS v6 Fundamentals
Entry-level certification for people who have learned the basics of KCS.
KCS v6 Practices
Advanced certification for those demonstrating thorough, deep, and broad understanding of KCS.
KCS v6 Internal Trainer
Advanced certification for experienced trainers who hold the KCS v6 Practices certification and deliver accredited KCS training within a specific company.
KCS v6 Trainer
Advanced certification for experienced trainers who hold the KCS v6 Practices certification and sell and deliver accredited KCS training.
Intelligent Swarming Fundamentals
Entry-level certification for people who have learned the basics of Intelligent Swarming.
Find Certified People
To verify certification:
- Go to the KCS Academy certification directory on Credly.
- Click into the search field and select Earners from the search filters.
- Type an individual’s name and select from the auto-populated list to see certification details.
If an expected name does not appear in the directory:
- The directory only shows individuals who claimed their digital badge after completing certification.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance to verify certification or get help claiming a digital badge.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an open badge?
Open badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome which can be verified in real-time, online.
How does my certification get displayed as a badge?
We have partnered with Credly’s digital badge platform to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally. See an example badge here.
Where can I find others who have earned badges?
Credly maintains a directory of folks who have earned badges issued by the Consortium for Service Innovation and the KCS Academy. This directory is sortable by type of badge, skills required, people who have earned them, and location.
What are the benefits of a badge?
Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of. Credly also offers labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through the Credly platform.
Who is Credly?
Credly is a digital badge platform that works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.
How will I know if I’ve earned a badge?
You will receive an email notification from Credly (email@example.com) with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.
What if I don’t want my badge to be public?
You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.
Is there a fee to use Credly?
No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost.
What’s to keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?
While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Credly platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.
Where and how can I share my badge through Credly?
You can share your badge directly from the Credly platform to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature. Detailed instructions can be found on the Credly site.
How do I export badges issued through Credly to other badge-storing platforms?
You can download your badge from the Share Badge page. Your downloaded badge contains Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) compliant metadata embedded into the image. This allows you to store your badge on other OBI-compliant badge sites, such as the Mozilla backpack.
Why does Credly need access to my Linkedin account?
Please see detailed information on the Credly site.
Does my badge/certification come with a certificate?
Please see certificate information here.
For additional questions about badging, please visit Credly’s support site.