"As a performance accountability agency, we always aim to compare apples to apples and evaluate the effectiveness of the entire system. The registry can help advance our efforts by developing a common taxonomy about credentials. We want people to be able to shorten the time to wage and opportunity progress, and to make informed choices about how to invest their resources to accomplish their career goals. The registry will become enormously useful to both student-jobseekers and talent-seeking employers."
- Eleni Papadakis, Executive Director, Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Through an increasing array of credentials – degrees, certificates, industry certifications, licenses, badges, apprenticeships, and micro-credentials – job seekers, students, and workers have more options than ever to help them get ahead. But there has been no practical way to obtain relevant and comparable information about these diverse credentials. This information is of great interest to stakeholders in the credentialing marketplace.

To help solve this problem, Credential Engine is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to improve transparency in the credentialing marketplace by:

  1. Scaling and maintaining a web-based Credential Registry that – through software apps built on the registry’s data – enables job seekers, students, workers, and employers to search for and compare credentials, just as travel apps are used to compare flights, rental cars, and hotels. Learn more.
  2. Developing and maintaining WorkitTM – a prototype open-source credential search app to demonstrate the power of the registry. Learn more.
  3. Promoting an open applications marketplace to foster the development of additional software apps built on the registry to serve various stakeholder needs. Learn more.
  4. Guiding the future development and use of the registry through stakeholder advisory groups representing the higher education, business, certification and licensure, quality assurance, and technical communities. Learn more.
  5. Maintaining the open-licensed Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), which provides the common language for the metadata on the registry. Learn more.

Credential Engine is currently testing the registry for operational use. The Workit credential search app is expected to be publicly available December 2017.

Learn more about the Credential Registry with this brief video.

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