Credential Engine is a non-profit whose mission is to create credential transparency, reveal the credential marketplace, increase credential literacy, and empower everyone to make more informed decisions about credentials and their value.

Through web-based services, Credential Engine provides tools and services to find, understand, and compare information about credentials in a user-friendly format in order to help people get the reliable credentialing information they need in order to decide for themselves what credentials or credentialing pathways work best for their needs.

The Credential Registry collects, maintains, and connects up-to-date information on credentials in the marketplace.

  • Credentialing organizations can participate in the Registry to gain visibility of their programs and allow students and employers to see inside the credentials they offer
  • Quality assurance bodies can publish information about their services and focuses
  • Employers will be able to indicate credential requirements and preferences (coming soon)

The Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) provides common language, or the “rules of the road” for how credentials, credentialing organizations, quality assurance information, and competencies are described both in the Registry and on the Web.

  • Guidance counselors, parents, and students benefit from the CTDL because a common credentialing language makes it easier to understand and compare credentials
  • Credentialing organizations —including employers that issue credentials —can use the CTDL to compare their own credentials to others in the field to track trends

Think of the Registry as a cloud-based library where all the credentialing information can be housed and organized, and the CTDL as the credentialing language dictionary that defines all the words and terms so the information within the library can be read and understood by both humans and machines.


Source: Credential Engine

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