"The credential registry is a new tool that is going to meet a critical need, helping all Americans prepare for and obtain well-paying jobs."
- John Engler, former Governor, Michigan

About Us


Credential Engine is a 501C3 non-profit organization whose mission is to improve transparency in the credentialing marketplace. Credential Engine pursues this mission by maintaining the open-licensed Credential Registry (CR) and Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), and promoting an open applications marketplace.


Credential Engine grew out of the Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI), which began in 2013. Supported by Lumina Foundation, CTI was led by the George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP), Workcred – an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute, and Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale’s Center for Workforce Development. CTI worked closely with an Executive Committee, a Technical Advisory Committee, and hundreds of diverse stakeholders in credentialing that provided feedback focused on three components: (1) development of the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), (2) development of a prototype Credential Registry, and (3) development of a prototype app built on the registry (WorkitTM).

Collaborating and Harmonizing

Credential Engine connects with and complements other credentialing initiatives currently underway to improve the credentialing marketplace. Connecting Credentials is one example with close alignment. Our technical work also promotes collaboration and harmonization of standardization initiatives to identify, document, and openly share solutions supporting the comparability of credentials and competencies.

See related initiatives on our News, Events & Resources page.