Digital Credentials 101 – What is a credential?

A credential is a qualification or achievement that a person has earned, which is used to indicate their suitability or skill within a particular subject. These credentials are visualized by issuing certificates or badges.

Some examples of credentials are:

  • University degrees
  • Completion certificate’s for online courses
  • Certificate’s of attendance from a conference or event
  • Certificate’s for collecting a certain amount of points from a professional association.

For example there are three types of people:

  1. Issuers like Universities, colleges, schools, online course providers or associations that give out credentials for achieving things.
  2. Recipients like students, that receive credentials from Issuers.
  3. Employers who want to see credentials in order to verify that a recipient has learnt something or gained a qualification from an Issuer.


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