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Showcase Your Skill. Broadcast Your Potential.

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AACC is enhancing how we serve students and the community by inspiring innovation and creating a new standard in continuing education with digital badges. Through the Pearson Acclaim partnership, AACC issues the badge to the student who has successfully met the requirements within a course module or has completed a course. These digital badges are an online validation of skills, achievement, outcome, competency or completion of a course a student has earned. The badge is a digital emblem that can help broadcast your professional story using social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, electronic résumé, and/or online portfolios to share with employers. AACC’s School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development has identified key areas of workforce training for digital badges.

The courses selected map to marketable skills employers value and are core to industry requirements. We are issuing badges in the following areas:

Claim your Badge

Upon successful completion of requirements, students are sent an email informing them that they have earned a badge and instructing them to click on a link in the email to claim it. The link takes students to the secure Acclaim website platform, where they complete their profile information, create a password and submit the information. A follow-up confirmation email is sent from Acclaim. The student clicks on the link in the confirmation email and the badge is issued. The student then can link the badge to any social media of choice, share by other means such as email, or keep it private.

Common Questions

What is an Open Badge?

A badge is a representation of an outcome or achievement. Badges often are used in contexts like scouting, gaming, social sites and rankings or authority. Open Badges refer specifically to badges that adhere to an open standard being led by Mozilla for recognizing and validating learning. Open Badges are secure, web-enabled credentials that contain granular, verified information employers can use to evaluate an individual’s potential.

How Does My Credential Get Displayed as a Badge?

Your credentialing program partners with a platform like Acclaim to translate the learning outcomes or experiences into a digital badge based on the Open Badges standard defined by Mozilla. That means you are able to accept, manage and share your credential as a digital asset.

How is Displaying My Credential as a Badge Useful?

Representing your credentials as badges gives you the ability to broadcast your skills and tell your professional story online with single-click access to validated credential information. Many employers are learning about Open Badges, so curating an online portfolio of your credentials will place you at the forefront of what will become a convenient currency for communicating professional skills.

What is Acclaim?

Acclaim is a product of Pearson, the world’s leading learning company. Its focal point is an enterprise-class badging platform based on Mozilla’s Open Badges standards to support the specialized needs of credential issuers, employers and professionals. The Acclaim platform provides a secure means of storage, transport and credential publishing that adds a layer of protection against those who may falsely claim certifications or credentials. Acclaim also provides strategic consulting services around efficacy, credential program design, assessment, learning and badge system design. Acclaim is dedicated to growing a trusted and secure ecosystem around digital credentials to help education providers, high-stakes credentialing organizations, learners and employers unlock the potential of badges.

What if I Don’t Want My Credential to be Public?

If you don’t want your credential to be visible to the public, you can make it private. If you don’t want your profile to be visible to the public, you can make it private. If you don’t even want a credential in the form of a badge, you can discard it. All information regarding you and your credentials can be configured within your Acclaim account.

Is There a Fee for Using Acclaim?

No. Using Acclaim to store, manage and broadcast your credentials is free for badge earners. Acclaim works with credentialing issuers to offset any costs and to ensure you have a best-in-class platform.

How Can I Earn Other Badges to Display on Acclaim?

Acclaim works directly with credentialing issuers to display their credentials as badges. If there is a particular credential you would like to see represented on Acclaim, contact us.

What’s to Keep Someone from Copying My Badge and Using It?

While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Acclaim platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a traditional paper-based credential.

Can I Include Badges on My Résumé or LinkedIn Profile?

Yes. Every credential and profile on Acclaim has a unique URL that can be embedded on a résumé or website. Acclaim also offers seamless integration with several popular social and professional networking platforms for the display of credentials as badges. If we are not connected with a particular platform that you use, please contact us.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a measure used by continuing education programs. CEUs are awarded to the student upon successful completion as a permanent record of training and professional development activities. While it is not an academic credit, many licensed professions require this nationally recognized way to quantify time spent, in order to obtain or renew industry certification or licenses. In some industries or professions, CEUs can mean increased compensation or recognition. One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours or participation and is awarded by the college.

Many professionals are required to participate in continuing education activities on a yearly basis. The required number of CEUs varies by profession. AACC is proud to be able to offer CEUs for both online and face-to-face courses. Many online courses are offered on a monthly basis, allowing the student to meet renewal deadlines year-round.

CEUs earned will be mailed to all students who successfully complete a qualifying noncredit course. Refer to the Student Records Policy for information on obtaining a student record.