NACADA Microcredentials

NACADA is committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals and we understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. That is why we have partnered with Credly to provide you with a digital version of your credentials.

Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This digital image contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them.

You can earn a microcredential for participating in a range of activities, including eTutorials and leadership training courses.

NACADA Microcredentials

NACADA a variety of different microcredentials spanning a wide range of topics and skills. Check out all of the current badges available below and be sure check back often as we add more.

2024 Leadership Onboarding Icon

2024 Leadership Onboarding

Appointed and elected NACADA leaders can earn this badge.

Advisor Training and Development: Foundations Icon

Advisor Training and Development: Foundations

Advisor Training and Development: Advanced Icon

Advisor Training and Development: Advanced

Advising First-Generation Students Icon

Advising First-Generation Students

Advising LGBTQA+ Students Icon

Advising LGBTQA+ Students

Advising Transfer Students Icon

Advising Transfer Students

Advising Undecided & Exploratory Students Icon

Advising Undecided & Exploratory Students

Creating Online Flipped Advising Activities Icon

Creating Online Flipped Advising Activities

Creating Online Professional Development Icon

Creating Online Professional Development

Creating Peer Advising Programs Icon

Creating Peer Advising Programs

Introduction to Academic Advising Icon

Introduction to Academic Advising

Introduction to Scholarly Inquiry Icon

Introduction to Scholarly Inquiry

Theory and Practice of Advising Icon

Theory and Practice of Advising

Claim your microcredentials

Follow our easy step-by-step guide to start earning and using your NACADA Microcredentials.

Learn and earn 

Complete the participating eTutorial or leadership development course

Claim it 

Once you’ve earned a badge, you’ll receive a confirmation email from NACADA and a notification from Credly (the digital badge platform) with instructions to set up your account, claim and share your badge.

Share it

Let current or potential new employers know about your new credential by showcasing it. You can share your digital badge on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, via email and embedded in your resume, personal website and email signature.

Claiming/Sharing a Badge
How is a microcredential/badge valuable to me?

A badge allows you to easily manage, share (online), and verify your NACADA microcredential(s). This includes real-time authentication of your certification(s) and when you obtained it (them). Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your certification(s), what you do to actively maintain your certification(s), and your skillset. Badges can be shared in your email signature, on your electronic résumé, and on your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles.

Why is NACADA offering digital badges and microcredentials?

We know many people proudly list their certification/microcredential(s) on their social profiles, email signatures, and other platforms, so we are providing digital badges to help you display a visual depiction of your accomplishments. In addition, a digital badge conveys other critical information, such as what it takes to earn the certification(s), key skills you’ve demonstrated, and when you earned the certification/microcredential(s).

Who is Credly?

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.

I've never received a microcredential from Credly before. Do I have to create a Credly account?

Yes, you will have to create an account on Credly’s platform. The email you receive after earning your first NACADA microcredential you will be provided instructions on how to get set up. Your Credly account will act as a portfolio of digital credentials you receive from NACADA and other organizations, such as Microsoft, Coursera, etc.

Is there a fee to utilize Credly?

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

I completed ____ before 2024, will I get a badge?

All eTutorials and other microcredentialing events offered prior to 2024 will not receive a digital badge. Requirements for the events/course have changed. If you'd like to earn a badge for that content, you will need to retake the course/event. 

Who can I contact with questions about the NACADA microcredentialing program?

Please contact Elisa Shaffer ([email protected]) with questions about the NACADA microcredentialing program.

How will I be notified about my badge?

You will receive an email notification from NACADA informing you that you are receiving a badge. Additionally you will receive an email from Credly with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account. 

How do I share my badge?

To share your badge:

  1. Log into your account:

  2. Click on the profile icon at the top right-hand corner of the page and go to “Badge Management”

  3. Click on the badge you are looking to share

  4. Scroll down and click “Share”

  5. You will be brought to the “Share Badge” screen where you can find different tabs directing you to connect your social media accounts and share your badge

  6. Once your social media account is connected, just click “Share” to share your digital badge

Where can I share my badge?

You can share your badges with anyone you’d like, wherever you’d like:

  • LinkedIn

  • Facebook

  • Twitter/X

  • Via email

  • Embedded in a website

How do I add my badge to my LinkedIn profile?

Follow Credly’s step-by-step instructions to add your badge to your LinkedIn profile: LinkedIn instructions

How do I add my badge to my email signature?

Follow Credly’s step-by-step instructions to embed your badge within your email signature: Email instructions

What if I don't want my badge to made public?

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

What if I no longer have access to the email account where I accepted my badge?
  • Credly badges are issued by email address, so it is very important to keep your Credly email address updated and matching your myNACADA preferred email address.

  • Update your preferred email in myNACADA. Please email [email protected] to tell us you no longer have access to your Credly, and need your email in Credly updated. NACADA must update Credly on your behalf, and will use your myNACADA email. If you have access to your Credly account, you may add your new email address to your Credly profile.

I have a question about the Credly platform. Where can I find support?

You can find answers to frequently asked questions here:

How do I keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?

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.

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

Yes. 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 Mozilla backpack.

Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Credly?

Not at this time.