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Posted on 10/16/2018
Credential Engine Data Design Update

Credential Engine strives to ensure our data meets the needs of all stakeholders, which sometimes requires updates to our technology infrastructure. Today, the information in the Credential Registry is being republished to fit a new data design. The data in the Registry will look the same when you access it on Credential Finder, but will allow for easier consumption by application developers.

In addition to this technology refresh, after gathering feedback and following our policy update protocol, we've added In Language to the minimum data policy; it will now be a required element for credentials, learning opportunities, and assessments. Any credential, learning opportunity, or assessment that is already published to the Registry will be automatically updated to include the language. However, anyone who has published to the Registry might use this opportunity to review their information and ensure it is up to date and accurate. We also encourage you to add more information to your existing credentials, or add new credentials to the registry.

As always, thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please direct them to

Posted on 10/4/2018
October 2018 TAG Meeting
Posted on 9/18/2018
Credential Registry Learn and Build Summit: Putting Ideas into Action!

Credential Engine will be hosting a developer summit on December 4th and 5th, 2018. This will feature tools and resources to empower developers to take full advantage of Credential Registry data. For more information, click here!

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About Credential Registry

Credential Registry allows users to see what various credentials represent in terms of competencies, transfer value, assessment rigor, third-party approval status, and much more.

The open and voluntary registry will include all kinds of credentials, from education degrees and certificates to industry certifications, occupational licenses, and micro-credentials. Each credential will describe its name, type, level, competencies, assessments, accreditation, labor market value, and so on.

The goals are transparency and clarity, and to help align credentials with the needs of students, job seekers, workers, and employers.

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The Credential Engine project’s technical team (TT) provides credentialing pilot site partners with a set of services beneficial to each organization’s short- and long-term technology planning.

Through each phase of the Credential Engine project, the TT provides assistance, including non-technical and technical materials for administrators and technical staff.

Throughout the process, partners provide information and access needed to co-engineer the Credential Registry, Credential Directory, and other potential apps. Pilot site partners are also discovering the benefits of linked data, and providing iterative feedback on the process and outcomes.

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Developers are able to leverage the the Credential Registry API to build applications that can read or publish as much or as little information about credentials as they need to.

The Credential Engine project's developers are using Dublin Core Application Profiles process to create systems that communicate all virtually all aspects of credentials.

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Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) promotes collaboration across, and harmonization of, standardization initiatives that are developing data models, vocabularies, and schemas for credentials and competency frameworks, and related competency information such as criticality ratings and assessment data typically captured with a wide variety of systems.

The goal is to identify, document and openly share solutions that support comparability of credentials and competencies across industries/sectors, human resource systems, education, and government systems.

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