"I’m excited about the registry’s flexibility and its dynamism. It makes the credentialing process more transparent and understandable for students and employers, and begins to create the data for students to understand how a specific credential relates to entering a job and building a career."
- Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College

About Us


Credential Engine is a 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of promoting transparency and credential literacy in the marketplace to reveal the world of credentials and inform the public


Credential Engine grew out of the Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI), which began in 2013. CTI’s mission was to research and initiate the development of a centralized registry of credential information, a common credentialing language, and a credential search engine. This effort 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 with support from the Lumina Foundation.

Credential Engine was formally founded in December 2016 to operationalize the work of CTI and is supported by Lumina Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Microsoft.

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.