A digital credential is a means of verifying a person's learning and competency achievement. Digital credentials are issued online in the form of a digital icon that can be shared on a sites like LinkedIn, through email, and other online media. In some cases, it can serve as an alternative to a paper credential (parchment). The digital credential icon is clickable and features information, such as the name of the institution that issued it, when it was issued, and the competencies that the recipient demonstrated to achieve the credential. Digital credentials are only displayed where the recipient chooses to display them.
Value of a digital credential
Representing your skills as a digital credential gives you the ability to share your qualifications online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Digital credentials instantly show employers and other organizations the specific competencies and skills that a person has demonstrated. Digital credentials allow individuals to display their achievements in a way that is not possible with simple paper-based credentials.
Bow Valley College digital credentials
At Bow Valley College, a digital credential may be issued for:
- completion of specified non-credit courses.The digital credential may be issued in addition to the Certificate of Completion for that course.
- successful attainment of a micro-credential that verifies a set of assessed competencies.
For a list of digital credentials currently available at Bow Valley College, see below. To register into courses or other digital credentials, please refer to information provided about those particular courses or credentials.
How to manage and share Bow Valley College digital credentials
The college has partnered with an organization named Credly to issue and manage Bow Valley College digital credentials through Credly's Acclaim Platform. Credly is an established, credible organization that issues and manages digital credentials for institutions and individuals worldwide.
Creating an account on Credly's Acclaim platform
In order to accept, display, and share your digital credential, you first must create an account on Credly’s Acclaim Platform. To do this, go to Credly’s Acclaim platform and select "Create Account." Please make sure to use the same personal email address that you provided to the college when you are creating your account on Credly. There is no cost to creating an account.
Accepting a digital credential
Once you have completed a course or set of competencies for a particular digital credential, you will receive an email from Credly to accept your digital credential with instructions for claiming your digital credential and setting up your account.
Sharing your digital credential
Once you have accepted your digital credential on Credly, you will be able to share your digital credential where you see fit. Digital credentials can be visible for anyone to see; this includes other learners, employers, family, friends, and colleagues. Share your digital credentials:
- on your résumé;
- on LinkedIn and any other social media platforms;
- on your email signature;
- your personal website
To share your digital credentials you will need to connect to the applicable social networks within Credly’s Acclaim platform. You must do this in your Credly account, in Settings and then in Applications. For additional instructions on sharing your digital credential you can visit Credly’s Acclaim platform support website to find documentation. You will need to select the Articles option once you navigate to this webpage.
Privacy and security of the digital credential: Credly manages the security of the College's digital credentials to keep them from being used fraudulently or accessed inappropriately. You can configure your privacy settings in the Acclaim Platform to ensure that you are in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public. It is the responsibility of the recipient to manage where the digital credentials are publicly posted.
Digital credentials available at Bow Valley College
Bow Valley College currently offers the following digital credential(s):
Other information about Bow Valley College digital credentials
At this time, you cannot import digital credentials issued from other platforms into Credly’s Acclaim platform. However, you can download your digital credential from the Share Badge page in Credly to other digital credential platforms, such as Mozilla Backpack.
Credly’s Acclaim platform allow users to search for active job listings and apply for them with just a few clicks through the Acclaim Platform. Access to labor market insights are also available to you from your digital credential details page by clicking on Related Jobs, or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your digital credential.
If you’ve already completed a course or program with a digital credential and have questions about displaying or accessing it, contact the Office of the Registrar:
For more information about applying to a program with a digital credential, contact our Prospective Student Centre: