Digital Badging

What is Digital Badging? 

Digital badges show evidence of your professional development.

The Graduate School's initiative will provide micro-credentialing opportunities in the form of digital badges. 

How do I earn a digital badge? 

You can earn badges by participating in specific University workshops and trainings. Important benefits to receiving digital badges for specialized training and experience include:

  • Certification: a digital badge shows potential employers that you have up-to-date and relevant skills.
  • Validation:digital badge verifies your participation in a workshop or training on your resume or CV.
  • Transparency: future employers can learn key details about the content of the training and experience.

How are digital badges issued?

  • The University of Minnesota has partnered with Credly to offer digital badges. Credly is a leading digital credential service provider. Digital credentials are hosted by a third party and are verified, secure, portable, and data-rich representations of demonstrated skills and earned certifications.
  • As a Credly Verified Issuer, the Graduate School will publicly issue all earned badges via Credly. When you earn a badge you will receive an email notification of your achievement. If you don’t have a Credly account, you will be prompted to create one after you accept and share or post your digital badge.

Digital Badges Offered by the Graduate School

Maroon Digital Badge

Maroon Badge


  • Attend and participate in one 2-hour workshop, or a series of 90-minute workshops.


  • Complete and pass a series of post-workshop assessments, evaluated by the workshop facilitator(s), or
  • Write a 500-1000 word reflection paper evaluated by the workshop facilitators(s).
Gold Digital Badge

Gold Badge


  • Attend and participate in one 4-hour workshop, or a series of 90-minute workshops.


  • Create an outward-facing presentation, video, or document that demonstrates the skills and knowledge acquired from the workshop, evaluated by workshop facilitator(s).