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ISCA is committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals and we understand that communicating your skills can be challenging. ISCA badges are verified digital certificates that allow you to easily communicate your skills and accomplishments online and with your school. All badges are certified by the International School Counselor Association and contain verified metadata describing the type of qualification and the process required to earn it.

In order to facilitate badges we have partnered with Credly to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated, from our courses and trainings, into a badge. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.


Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. They can also be downloaded and shared with employers. The badge is free and takes under a minute to claim. Sharing your badge offers endless possibilities in terms of professional recognition and career advancement. Employers, especially, appreciate badges for the recognizable credentials and one-click verification.

You can earn an ISCA badge for participating in an ISCA Academy course or ISCA Pre-Conference workshops.

What are the BEnefits of Digital badges for you? 

When you receive a digital badge it serves the following benefits to you professionally: 

  • It is a quality certificate and badge clearly explains what you can do, what you did to earn this and who says you earned it. It is more than a piece of paper.

  • The digital version of a certificate is easy to share online and with employers 

  • The digital version of a certificate is secure and will move with you virtually

  • This is a trusted method for real-time verification because it is not self reported

Share Your Badge…Everywhere!

You learned it, earned it and now you can share it. The digital badge link and image give you the flexibility to share across the digital universe, including social media channels and professional networks.

  • LinkedIn: Add the badge image and link to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Resume: Include a badge link in a Word or PDF resume.
  • Web: Showcase the badge on your website or blog.
  • Email: Add the badge link to your email signature line.
  • Instagram: Share the badge image on Instagram.
  • Twitter: Tweet about your achievement with a link to details.
  • Facebook: Add the badge to your About page and post about achieving it.

Remember, unlike a lot of what you see in cyberspace, what you’re posting is verifiable. Your followers need only click the image or link to see the work you put into earning the credential.

As badges rapidly become the standard in online learning, be sure to claim yours—and then share them with your followers. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is digital badge?

A: Digital badges are web-enabled versions of the learning outcomes from your participation in the Academy course or Pre-Conference workshop which can be verified in real-time, online.

Q: Will the digital ISCA badge replace the certificate and Professional Development Hours that I have received from ISCA Academy in the past? 

A: Yes, the digital badge will serve the same function as the previous certificate of participation" that you received. The new ISCA digital badge will include more information and details including hours, skills and learning outcomes which can be shared with employers. 

Q: I downloaded the certificate and there are no Professional Development Hours are not listed, how do I find the PDHs for this course? 

A: You can find the total hours of the course listed in the course summary on your digital badge description. 

Q: How do my skills get displayed as a badge?

A: We have partnered with Credly to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge, issued and managed through the company digital badging platform. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.

Q: What are the benefits of a badge?

A: Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of. Credly also offers market insights, based on your skills. 

Q: Who is Credly?

A: Credly is the end-to-end solution for issuing and managing digital credentials. Credly works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.

Q: How will I know if I’ve earned a badge?

A: After your full participation and completion of an ISCA Academy course or Pre Conference Workshop you will receive an email from ISCA as well as a notification about how to download your badge from from Credly (admin@credly.com). This email will contain with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account. 

Q: What if I don’t want my badge to be public?

A: You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

Q: Is there a fee to use Credly?

A: No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost.

Q: What’s to keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?

A: While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on Credly. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

Q: Where and how can I share my badge through Credly?

A: You can share your badge directly from Credly to LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature.

Q: What are labor market insights and how can I access them through Credly?

A: Labor market insights are pulled from live job requisitions. Based on your skills you can learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges and more. Search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through Credly. Access the labor market insights from your badge details page by clicking on Related Jobs, or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge.

Q: Can I export badges issued through Credly to other badge-storing platforms?

A: Yes, you can download your badge from the Share Badge page. Your downloaded badge contains Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) compliant metadata embedded into the image. This allows you to store your badge on other OBI-compliant badge sites, such as the Badgr Backpack.  

Q: Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Credly?

A: Not at this time.

Q: I have a question about Credly. Where can I find support?

A: You can find tutorials and answers to additional questions here: support.credly.com

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