Digital Badges for Professional Development Certificates

The College of Continuing Education (CCE) is now offering digital badges to program participants who complete a professional development certificate programA digital badge serves as verification for employers and peers that you have completed a certificate program that includes the skills and knowledge associated with the program.

The University of Minnesota has partnered with Credly to offer digital badges. Credly is a leading digital credential service provider. Digital credentials are hosted by a third party and are verified, secure, portable, and data-rich representations of demonstrated skills and earned certifications.

Credly Verified Issuer

As a Credly Verified Issuer, CCE will publicly issue all earned badges via Credly. When you earn a badge you will receive an email notification of your achievement. If you don’t have a Credly account, you will be prompted to create one after to accept and share or post your digital badge.

How to collect your digital badge

A few days after the completion of the final class in your professional development certificate, you will receive an email with a link to collect your digital badge. If you no longer have access to the email, contact our Information Center at 612-624-4000. An information center representative will verify the completion of your certificate program and send you a new email to collect your badge.

Your Credly account URL

Every Credly member has their own unique public profile on You can customize the web address people use to visit your profile.

Multiple email accounts within your Credly account

If you are issued a digital badge on an email account that is different than the email you used to set up your Credly account, you will need to add the new email to your Credly account, then claim your badge. To add the new email, you will log into your Credly account, click on Account Settings, Edit Email, then Add New Email.

How to share your digital badge on Social Networks

There are many options for sharing your digital badge: see the Credly Knowledge Base webpage for various tutorials.

Posting and sharing your digital badge on LinkedIn

Credly has enabled a copy-and-paste feature to make it easy for you to manually add your verified achievements, badges, or certifications to your LinkedIn Profile and to share them with your LinkedIn network.

Adding a digital badge to your Gmail signature

View a short video that shows you how to add a Credly badge to your email signature in Gmail.

Adding digital badges to a website or blog

Credly gives you the ability to embed earned badges or credentials on to your own website or blog. They also give a range of configuration options so you can choose the look and feel of the badge as it appears on your own site.