What is a digital badge?
A digital badge is a validated, standardized graphical representation of knowledge and skills earned in various learning environments. Your digital badge has a unique URL that can be shared electronically via social media, in your email signature, on your firm site, in proposals, and more.
What is the benefit of having a digital badge?
A digital badge helps you gain recognition for earning your certificate by allowing you to easily display and share your achievement. Prospective clients and employers will be able to quickly verify your competencies and skills. The digital badge also provides greater credibility and visually declares your commitment to quality. According to a recent LinkedIn study, profiles with certifications and badges receive six times the number of profile views.
What happens once I pass the exam?
Within five business days, you will receive an email from AICPA@credly.com with instructions and a link to claim your badge.
How do I accept my badge?
The email instructions, also available here, make it easy to log in to the AICPA Credly site to accept the digital badge you have earned. You have the option to use your email address, Facebook or LinkedIn information when you create your free Credly.com account.
What do the badges look like?
Images of the digital badges are shown on this web page.
Do I have to accept the badge?
You do not have to claim the digital badge, however digital badges are becoming the standard for recognizing and publicizing professional development.
How long do I have to accept the badge?
There is no time limit to claim or accept the badge; however, please refer to the question “Will my certificate badge ever expire” below.
How do I share my badge?
From the “Earned” tab on the AICPA Credly site, you can elect to share badges anywhere on the web—a personal blog, a social network like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Mozilla Open Badges, company website or an online resume. Look for the share and embed icon for the various options. You can also give anyone a direct link to your public profile page on the AICPA Credly site which will demonstrate that your badge has been verified and allow them to see all of the badges you hold through Credly. Many people include the linked certificate name on their resume, LinkedIn page or in the signature of their emails. You can link multiple e-mail addresses to the AICPA Credly site, so if your digital badge is delivered to your work e-mail, but your social media accounts are linked to a personal e-mail, it is a seamless experience to share your accomplishment.
These instructions are also available here.
Will my certificate badge ever expire?
Badges are automatically set to expire on an annual basis. If the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct quality employee benefit plan audit engagements does not change significantly, your badge will be renewed for another year. If the competencies needed to conduct quality employee benefit plan audit engagements do change significantly, you will be notified about additional education or testing that must be completed to maintain the certificate. If you pass the additional testing, you will remain a certificate holder and the digital badge will be updated to reflect competency in the new areas. If you do not complete the additional education, your certificate will be expired.
What happens when my certificate badge expires?
Your inactive digital badge will still be listed on your Credly account with the expiration date prominently displayed, so that if you would like to renew your certificate you will have one year to do so. If a digital badge has been expired for a full year, the badge will be removed from your profile by the AICPA and will disappear from your account.
How will someone know my digital badge is authentic?
Your badge is linked to your profile on the AICPA Credly site which includes verified information. Every certificate and profile has a unique URL that can be embedded in your social profile or on your web site.
Who is Credly?
Credly empowers the recognition of lifelong achievement by offering the leading platforms for verifying, sharing and managing digital badges and credentials. In addition to the AICPA, thousands of organizations use Credly to make achievements visible, including Yale Univeristy, Harvard, the New York City Department of Education, Adobe, SUNY, University of Central Florida, Training Magazine, and Smithsonian.
How does Credly protect my information?
If I have other badges that aren’t from the AICPA, is there a way to consolidate them into one place?
Yes, digital badges issued and received on Credly.com are fully compliant with the Mozilla Open Badges standard. All Credly account holders can send their badges to the Mozilla Open Badge Backpack and import other open badges earned elsewhere into their Credly profile.
Can someone copy or steal my badge?
No, your digital badge is awarded to the name and email address you used to complete your Certificate exam. If someone were to copy the badge, it would be unverified and invalid. If you encounter any individual who appears to be misusing an AICPA digital badge image or URL, please contact us at DigitalBadge@aicpa.org.
Will I still get a printed certificate?
Since digital badges are more reliable and offer more visibility than paper certificates, we will not be offering a paper certificate when a digital badge is available. The optional learning courses that offer CPE have printable certificates for credit verification. The certificate exams don’t offer CPE credit so there is no need for a printed certificate.
Where do I go if I have questions about my digital badge?
You can email DigitalBadge@aicpa.org.