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Credential  Engine

Credential Engine [formerly Credential Transparency Initiative]

Credential Engine is working to improve transparency in the credentialing marketplace by scaling a web-based Credential Registry that enables job seekers, students, workers, educators, and employers to easily search for and compare credentials, just as travel apps are used to compare flights, rental cars, and hotels. The Credential Registry effort began in 2013 when the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy, Workcred, and Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale’s Center for Workforce Development launched the Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI) with support from Lumina Foundation to increase transparency in the credentialing system by:

  • Developing a common language, known as the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), for describing the key features of all kinds of credentials, credentialing organizations, and the quality assurance bodies that accredit, approve, endorse, or recognize them.
  • Building a voluntary, web-based credential registry for aggregating and sharing the resulting comparable information
  • Creating and testing a search-and-discovery app that enables access to this information by employers, educators, students, career counselors, app developers, and others.

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Connecting Credentials

Connecting Credentials: A National Dialogue on Building Learning-Based Credentialing System

Lumina Foundation and 120 co-sponsoring organizations, including Workcred, are calling for ways to transform our nation’s highly diverse and fragmented credentialing system into one that is student-centered and learning-based.

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Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

Funded by NIST MEP, Workcred conducted a research study to examine how credentials are currently used by U.S. manufacturers in their hiring and retention practices, and how credentialing can be improved to advance the manufacturing industry.

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