Verifying a professional credential is essential when hiring an employee, contracting with a consultant, or purchasing services from a vendor. Through a new partnership with digital credential service provider Credly, iCohere® has added digital badges to its Certified Virtual Events Producer™ (CVEP) program.
Credly has an extensive list of clients and partners including the American Council on Education (ACE), American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Brandman University, Canvas, DeakinDigital, Digication, Learning Machine, LinkedIn, Leaderboarded, Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), Lumina Foundation, MailChimp, Portfolium, Salesforce, United Nations, and the US Secretary of State.
The new CVEP digital badges provide an easy and highly visible way for CVEP graduates to both verify and share their professional development achievements online. Through Credly, the CVEP badge can be displayed in a variety of contexts such as searchable LinkedIn and Facebook profiles, employer talent management systems, email signatures, and business websites.
Virtual event professionals earn their CVEP digital badge upon completion of the Meetings Without Walls™ course, the longest-running program of its kind with over 350 graduates to date. Professionals can earn additional “CVEP recognition badges” for each hybrid conference or virtual conference they produce.
In this digital era, badges are extremely important because they make credit for learning and realworld experience verifiable and visible. They are evidence and recognition of skills and achievement.
For decades, a bachelor’s degree represented the standard of accomplishment and credibility. But in recent years, employers are not always looking for just a college degree. They often want proof that a person has the specific skills for a job, and online badges are a verifiable method of displaying those skills.
Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Credly said in an article, “Today’s employers are looking for more effective ways to identify candidates with the right skills to meet the rapidly-changing demands of the workforce. But traditional transcripts and resumes often fall short in communicating the depth of a learner’s experience and qualifications.”
Digital Badges Add Layer of Protection Against Resume Falsification
In a competitive job market, it is not uncommon for job seekers to present falsifications or misrepresentations on their resume. Digital badges offer immediate proof of one’s skills that can be quickly verified. The verifiable badges offer an extra layer of protection hiring managers can rely on when matching a candidate to a position.
Digital Badges Help Companies Find Staff With Realworld Experience
Currently, certificates are the fastest-growing postsecondary credential. The Census Bureau reported that nearly 20 million adults in the U.S. have earned a certificate of some kind. Associations, second only to the government, issue the most non-degree credentials.
Digital badges offer better reliability and are easily accessible. Because digital badges have their own URLs, shareable electronically through social media, e-mail, and websites, interviewers can quickly verify a job seeker’s claim to credentials. Furthermore, job seekers are finding more opportunities because of their digital badges and certificates.
Digital Badges Boost Opportunities for Young Professionals
These types of credentials make young professionals more marketable. From their mobile device, they can show potential customers their certifications on the spot. Sometimes, those with digital badges and certificates can be used for academic credit at colleges and universities through The American Council on Education (ACE).
How to earn the CVEP Credential and Digital Badge
The next CVEP course begins April 18, 2017. Early bird registration ends April 12. In addition to the certificate and digital badge, participants can earn nine (9) CAE and CMP credit hours. Nonprofit and government agencies receive a discount on registration. Organizations and professionals seeking additional information about the CVEP certificate should contact iCohere at 202-870-6146 and register at meetingswithoutwalls.com.