Micro-credentials have long been looked upon as a validation of a skill or a function in an area of expertise. Aimed at equipping students with the knowledge that they otherwise would have been deprived of, such digitally badged credentials are an assurance to employers who rely on the curriculum vitae, the recruitment examination (if any) or if it comes to that, the background checks. Their complaint is plain and simple, they admit that there is a badge let’s say on the LinkedIn profile of a candidate but how does it explain their ability, as claimed by the issuer of the credential, to uplift an organization.
the fault does not lie on the side of the employer. In fact, the global certification industry needs to take charge of the issue and try to spread awareness as to how people should perceive these alternative badges and what is their significance. They need to get the message across the board that professional credentials earned outside the sphere of formal education, demonstrate both technical expertise and dedication to take on the task of being job ready. In addition, further trust can be established by the market reputation of the certificate issuer in the global certification industry.
There are a number of players in the field in this discipline. Talking of the USA alone, there are more than 4000 certification bodies. Microsoft, Cisco and other tech–giants have all platform-specific credentials that assess the expertise of an individual on their platforms. Considering the size of the industry, shouldn’t the certification issued be vendor neutral. After all, it is the skill that should be valued the most and ultimately that skill could be applied to various platforms. That’s what essentially the credentialing systems development should be all about.
Credforce, in essence, is the body which has its footprints in every location across the globe covering 178 countries. Teaming up with players like the BPO Certification Institute, it has made popular BCI’s workforce certifications. But that’s just the tip of the ice-burg. Its clientele in the professional credentials workspace includes premium segment players like the Talent Management Institute (TMI™), the Data Science Council of America (DASCA™), the United States Private Equity Council (USPEC™), the Investment Banking Council of America (IBCA™) & the Strategy Institute to name a few.
In its efforts to cover as many aspects of the credentialing industry as possible, Credforce has expanded its ambit of services with associations in other academic verticals. Through its Credbadge™ unit, it renders into effect open badges that can be used to display validated skills by credentialing vendors. Adhering to its fundamental policy that revolves around getting job-ready skills to people in the form of certifications, Credforce has also tied up with leading exam-centers that allow for people to schedule credentialing examinations at a specified venue.