What are Blockchain Credentials?

What are Blockchain Credentials?

Blockchain Credentials are credentials that have been recorded against the blockchain to establish a heightened level of security and fraud prevention. Blockchain credentials are effectively impossible to forge or alter, and easy to verify.

What is the Blockchain?

The Blockchain is an incorruptible, decentralized digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record virtually any transaction of value – not just financial transactions. Anything written to the Blockchain can’t be altered in the future by any party. Accredible uses the Bitcoin Blockchain to store an immutable record of credentials, giving issuers the ability to verify credentials on the blockchain to help prevent fraud.

How Does the Blockchain Prevent Credential Fraud?

Different types of credentials have vastly different barriers to fraud. For paper credentials (certificates, diplomas), the barrier to fraud is understanding how to use Photoshop and printing tools. Secure digital credentials have a higher barrier to fraud, but require that the issuer has provided proper cybersecurity. For instance, Accredible offers bank-level digital security measures by default – it is as hard to hack Accredible’s digital credential security as it would be to hack a national bank.

With Blockchain security, the barrier to fraud is simultaneously hacking 51% of all global blockchain records. What that means is that credential records recorded to the blockchain are effectively impossible to change. Blockchain-recorded credentials cannot be altered, faked, nor spoofed. If someone does attempt to forge a credential, it won’t verify against the Blockchain record. With Blockchain security in place, third parties can be absolutely certain that a record hasn’t been altered since being issued. This dramatically improves fraud protection for any organization.

How Does it Work?

When you create a Blockchain-enabled credential, Accredible uses the information provided to create a series of numbers that represent that information. Accredible sends this information to the Blockchain and store it there. Whenever someone goes to verify a credential, Accredible checks the stored series of numbers against what the credential information generates today and make sure they’re the same.

Is Private Information Available on the Blockchain?

No private or personal information is stored on the Blockchain. The only thing stored on the Blockchain is a series of numbers mathematically derived from the credential information. Accredible can use this series of numbers to verify that the content displayed matches the original record.

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Accredible Announces Global Team Expansion

12 October 2020 – Accredible, the leading digital credentialing platform, announced today the global expansion of its Support, Product Engineering, Sales, and Marketing teams to service increasing demand for digital credentialing software.

“This year was a catalyst for unprecedented growth at Accredible,” said Duncan Mitchinson, VP Sales. “Organizations are undertaking digital transformation on a new scale, shifting the way they think about certification and realizing the value digital credentials provide for recipients and issuers.”

“We’ve significantly increased our Account Management and Support teams,” said Jennifer Baca, VP Customer Success. “We can now provide more dedicated resources to focus on customer success, and continue to improve our support for customers and prospects of all sizes.”

“This expansion demonstrates Accredible’s ongoing commitment to continuous growth and unrivaled quality,” said Danny King, Founder and CEO. “Offering work from home flexibility allowed us to tap into remote areas and source incredible talent. That talent, especially the new Support and Engineering team members, will ensure Accredible is ready for another year of strong growth.”

About Accredible
Accredible is the industry-leading digital credentialing platform that securely issues, manages, tracks, and verifies millions of high-stakes credentials across the globe. Accredible integrates with leading learning software including Canvas, D2L Brightspace, Kajabi, Kryterion Webassessor, Moodle, Thinkific, and more. Over 1,000 leading Universities, associations, and technology companies such as Google, Skillsoft, Rosetta Stone, University of Cambridge, NACE, Zendesk, Hootsuite, IEEE, McGraw-Hill, INSEAD, IAPP, UC Berkeley, and The Digital Marketing Institute rely on Accredible to create, deliver and manage digital certificates and open badges. Learn more at accredible.com.

Frontend Software Engineer – Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK

Apply: https://accredible.breezy.hr/p/7eddccc92171-software-engineer

Accredible is a growing, venture-backed technology startup in the digital credentialing space seeking a spirited and detail-oriented Frontend Software Engineer.

Key info at a glance:

  • Job Title: Frontend Software Engineer
  • Primary Functions: To create and maintain the functionality of the Accredible User on all customer facing and internal products according to pre-prepared designs.
  • Hours: Flexible hours / remote work for up to 2 days per week (we’re flexible on times and places)
  • Reporting to: CTO
  • Location: Ely (near Cambridge)
  • Start date: As soon as possible.

We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, skin color, ethnicity, age, size, nationality, sexual orientation, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political views, identity, and self-identification. We welcome parents (40% of our team have kids), teachers, learners, activists, artists, dreamers, doers, ordinary people, extraordinary people, and everyone in between. We stand for equal opportunity, and we ensure equal pay.

The Role

This role is a Frontend Software Engineer. Accredible has a number of web properties such as www.credential.net and dashboard.accredible.com which you’ll be building and maintaining on a daily basis. These web platforms are used by millions of people each year. Our customers expect reliability, stability and speed. You’ll be pushing updates every day to improve our codebase and be able to see instant feedback from our customers & users.

Your primary responsibility will be the recipient facing, high traffic web property which enables certificates and badges to be viewed. You’ll be working with a QA Engineer to ensure this property is highly accessible, properly localised and fast to load.

We use AngularJS today and are in the process of planning our migration to Angular. Our approach is Agile and we stick to a weekly sprint cadence. We host web properties on Netlify and have some tough requirements such as localization, accessibility and pre-rendering.

You won’t be doing this alone as we have a world-class product team you’ll be working with. You’ll have support from a designer, a lead front-end engineer, a number of senior back-end engineers and our Chief Technology Officer will be responsible for the work that you do. We’ll be expecting high quality work but don’t worry – you’ll receive constructive feedback and guidance on a regular basis. We meet every day and everybody has input and the ability to make our work and the way we work better.

You’ll have a lot of decision making power, autonomy and trust. We make decisions democratically and give team members the time, resource and authority to work on what they think is most important.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a fast growing, profitable startup where there are many opportunities to obtain promotions based upon merit, hard work and dedication.

We’re looking for an in-person candidate to work from our UK office in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Compensation & Benefits

  • £45,000+ salary.
  • Time off each week to focus on your growth or volunteering, plus a learning budget.
  • 28 days per year paid time off.
  • Mentorship opportunities from our CTO, lead front-end engineer, designer & senior back-end engineers for personal growth.
  • Company off-sites such as international retreats.
  • Flexible working time and hours, depending on ongoing projects.

 

Your skills & competencies

We are looking for you to demonstrate to us that you have these skills & competencies:

  • Angular 2+ experience. You will have used the latest version of Angular professionally for at least 2 years.
  • Frontend Web technologies experience. You have been developing with HTML, CSS and Javascript for at least 4 years.
  • Domain expertise. You have an applied knowledge of frontend design, development and testing and have an understanding of the issues involved in accessibility and localisation.
  • Learns quickly. You have the ability to quickly absorb and make use of new information. You can research best practices and make use of them.
  • Enthusiastic. You want to learn and grow, are excited to take on new challenges.
  • Independent Problem solving. You are able to independently solve difficult technical and presentational problems and provide solutions or work arounds. You ask for help when you need it but try to solve things yourself.
  • Attention to detail. You don’t let important details slip through the cracks.
  • Organization & Planning. You plan, organize and schedule in an efficient manner. You know which priorities are important and choose to work on those. You don’t need constant input but are able to ask for help when needed.

It’s essential that you’re honest, have a high level of integrity, are able to communicate and are able to use feedback to learn and develop professionally.

 

Apply: https://accredible.breezy.hr/p/7eddccc92171-software-engineer

ThePowerMBA launches digital credentials with Accredible

Accredible today announced it has partnered with ThePowerMBA to bring digital certificates and badges to business professionals all over the globe. Accredible is excited to partner with ThePowerMBA as they continue to expand their online presence throughout the world, driven by their vision of becoming the first truly global business school.

 

“Accredible has been an amazing tool to promote our program organically, being our students’ best ambassadors,” said Rafael Gozalo, co-CEO and co-founder of ThePowerMBA.

“ThePowerMBA continues their strong history of innovation in the business education space by bringing their certifications into a secure, modern digital format,“ said Danny King, CEO of Accredible. “This will allow their graduates to showcase their achievements online on places like LinkedIn to further bolster their professional reputations.”

 

Read full press release here.

NACE International and the NACE International Institute Launch Digital Credentialing with Accredible

Accredible today announced it has partnered with The National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and the NACE International Institute to bring digital membership badges and digital certification credentials and certificates to NACE members and NACE Institute certification holders. Accredible is excited to partner with NACE and the NACE Institute as they move away from traditional methods of membership and certification credentials to a modern digital format.

 

“As an organization, we are proud to offer our certification holders this newest benefit for their credentialing. Just as you can perform banking transactions on your phone, so should you be able to verify your professional credentials,” says Keenan Loubser, NACE Institute Chief Operating Officer. “And as the value of the certifications have increased, so too has the attempts at producing fraudulent certification instruments. Digital badging will protect the value of a certification for the person who truly earned it.”

 

“By bringing their NACE Institute certificates and NACE membership cards into a digital format, NACE continues a long trend of leadership and digital transformation in professional training and certification,” said Danny King, CEO of Accredible. “We are excited to work with NACE to showcase their members’ qualifications in a modern, secure format.”

Read full the press release here.

New and Improved Certificate Designer

We’re always striving to make Accredible the best it can be. Because of this we have made some pretty big improvements to our Certificate Designer, to make creating your beautiful certificates even easier.

To make sure that you’ve got everything you need to navigate the sleek new designer, Gemma has jumped in to show you exactly where everything is so you don’t waste time working it out.

If you have any questions or comments about the new designer, let us know at support@accredible.com.

A Model for Membership Organizations to use Both Digital Badges and Certificates

The question of where to use badges and where to use certificates can be challenging. Should an organization use just one, in which case which one, or should they use both? In our recent webinar with The International Association of Privacy Professionals, this very question came up, and they have developed a great model that we think is worthy of consideration by all membership organizations.

First of all, let’s recap on the two credential types.

Digital Badges

A digital badge is really a digital representation of a physical badge. It enjoys all the benefits of being digital, such as being sharable, verifiable, trackable, and having embedded metadata. Badges issued with Accredible are also compliant with the OpenBadge 2.0 standard, so they can be ported easily between platforms.

Designs typically resemble physical badges, as in the following example (although they do not have to):

Digital Certificates

Digital certificates are similar to paper certificates and usually look visually the same. They are available online and can be downloaded and printed, as well as enjoying the digital benefits described above for badges. Unique information (such as the recipient name, course details, etc) is usually visible on the certificate, unlike a badge. Additional information such as a transcript, work samples or references can also be attached.

iapp example certificate

How to use Both

To answer this question, let’s look at The IAPP again. In common with many membership organizations, the IAPP offers a range of formal training and certifications to its membership. An example is their “Certified Information Privacy Professional” certification. Before switching to Accredible, paper certificates were issued. It makes sense to use certificates (rather than badges) to recognize member achievement because:

  • Achieving the certification requires considerable effort over a period of time, and for the majority of users, a certificate with their name on it is perceived as more appropriate recognition than a badge
  • Traditionally this kind of achievement would have been recognized with a paper certificate and so there is better continuity when switching to this format
  • Many members wish to download and print their certificate for display, or to show to clients as evidence of their qualifications
  • Additional evidence such as work samples, transcripts, references etc can be attached
  • Details of the recipient, the course, the dates, etc can be displayed on the certificate

 

So how about badges? Most membership organizations engage with a variety of other people, be they members or not. They could be volunteers, employees, presidents, people who develop exam material, or volunteer board members. In other words they are people engaged in more specific service roles. For these people, badges makes more sense because:

  • They are a great way to recognize the contribution of these individuals
  • There is unlikely to have been anything in place beforehand, so there are no expectations to be maintained
  • They are less formal than a certificate

 

In using both, the distinction between the formal training and certification programs, and the less formal (but still important) recognition of contributions is maintained.

Accredible allows both certificates and badges to be designed, issued and managed from a single platform, so the above model can easily be adopted.