Publications and Events: Blog Posts




January 20, 2022
How are Certifications Supported by Standards
New video series, Standardization and Workforce Credentials, sheds light on the role of voluntary standards in supporting quality certifications for the U.S. workforce. Featuring insights from credentialing experts, the series highlights how certifications that meet standards gain credibility with industry and have been proven as effective in the workplace.
Published by: Workcred staff


August 18, 2021
More Than a Digital Transcript: Social and Organizational Implications of LERs
A recent publication in Issues in Science and Technology – “Everything You’ve Ever Learned,” co-authored by Workcred’s Isabel Cardenas-Navia and New America’s Shalin Jyotishi – explores Learning and Employment Records (LERs), digital records detailing a person’s education, training, and work experience that are verified through a distributed system similar to blockchain. The article explores how LERs offer a promising solution to the challenge of capturing and communicating the skills of individual workers to a wide selection of potential employers. The publication also explores the need for LERs to be carefully designed to achieve more equitable, socially desirable outcomes, rather than intensifying existing inequities or disproportionately benefitting one group over another. Very simply, LERs are another new technology with the tremendous potential to benefit individuals and organizations, but whose ultimate impact will be shaped by the human-technology partnership that is developed. The blog outlines an example of how adoption of LERs could unintentionally exacerbate inequity, as well as three recommendations for mitigation.
Published by: Workcred staff
March 10, 2021
Variable Impacts of New Credentials for the Older Worker
Several factors may deter older workers (age 50+) from pursuing training. Some might question the return on investment for new skills and credentials as one approaches traditional retirement ages. Others likely feel extreme anxiety about reentering the classroom after decades away from educational institutions.
Published by: Workcred staff
January 15, 2021
Education & Training Support to Prepare for Certifications
Certification bodies provide broad access to materials, education, and/or training for certification exam preparation, ranging from endorsed curriculum delivered by postsecondary higher education institutions to self-study guide to online courses. Nearly 70% of certification bodies provide study guides to all individuals seeking their certifications, and work with a wide variety of education and training providers.
Published by: Workcred staff
January 13, 2021
Demand For Certifications Increasing During Pandemic
Survey data showing that demand for certifications is increasing due to the pandemic is consistent with what is seen with other credentials. This data strongly suggests that individuals and employers see certifications as a pathway to new and/or continued employment. The survey also showed that certification bodies are working to develop micro-certifications and specializations in certifications. This may reflect an emerging trend toward micro-credentialing that has emerged in postsecondary education.
Published by: Workcred staff
January 11, 2021
Certification Bodies are Well-Positioned to Link Data and Deepen Understanding of ROI of Certifications
Survey data shows that certification bodies are ready to participate in linking their administrative data with other administrative data, in terms of already collecting data or being willing to collect additional data needed for accurate data matching.
Published by: Workcred staff


December 14, 2020
Certifications Lead to Meaningful Careers During Economic Recovery and Beyond
Certifications have the potential to be useful tools in addressing re-employment, re-deployment, and re-education challenges that workers face in the current labor market.
Published by: Workcred staff
December 10, 2020
Understanding Certifications
Enormous economic shifts predating and accelerated by the current worldwide pandemic caused by COVID-19 — and the growing awakening to racial inequities in the U.S. — are creating a labor market in which the use of certifications has the potential to grow significantly. But what exactly is a certification? And how does it differ from other types of credentials?
Published by: Workcred staff
December 4, 2020
Embedding Certifications Into Bachelor’s Degree
There is a lack of understanding in the workforce of the different types of credentials and how they can work together to improve student success and employability outcomes. Certifications can be used to enhance a college education with specific skills needed by employers, resulting in students earning a certification while pursuing their degree or earning a certification at the end of their degree program, achieving a more comprehensive education.
Published by: Workcred staff


August 22, 2018
Are Employers Using Credentials to the Fullest?: New Manufacturing Report Provides Insights?
Through this blog, Dr. Swift explains how credentialing can be improved to help employers keep pace with changing skill needs.
Published by: the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board