Credential Engine Technical Site

Welcome to the Credential Engine Technical Site where you will find complete documentation on our:

  • Credential Transparency Description Language open family of schemas
  • Data publishing tools including the Registry Publishing Assistant API
  • Credential Registry Handbook
  • Credential Registry Policy
  • Consuming services from the Registry
  • Learner and Worker Records Guide
  • Quick Start Guides
  • Other tools including those for mapping to the schemas, serializations.

To get started with using the Credential Registry data publishing and consuming tools, begin by setting up your Credential Engine account and let us know if you have any questions.

Technical Services and Advisory Group

Technical Services

We specialize in helping organizations define, implement, and derive value from general open data strategies as well as from the Credential Registry and other Credential Engine services. Our areas of focus include credentials, skills and competencies, education and career pathways, transfer value, and quality assurance.

Advisory Group

The TAG is open to anyone interested in participating with feedback on development of the CTDL and other Credential Engine technologies and services and with supporting alignment with other standards.

Developers

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.

Use the CTDL Schemas

The Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL) is available to use with data design, with interoperable learner/worker records, and for publishing information as linked data.

Explore the CTDL Handbook, Terms, Serializations, LER Guide, and other resources for using CTDL on this site.

Publishing Options

Credential Engine offers the following options for publishing to the Credential Registry:

  • Registry Assistant Publishing API
  • Manual Entry
  • Bulk Upload

For more information on setting up your account and getting started with any of the publishing methods, click here.

Search Options

Credential Engine offers a robust search API to enable developers to leverage the wealth of data contained in the registry, using the CTDL and CTDL-ASN schemas.

Credential Engine offers a way for non-technical participants to enable a credential search on their own website. The Credential Finder Widget can be customized to match your site's theme and your preferences for automatic filtering, so that the results it shows can be more closely tailored to your site's purposes.

Join Credential Engine

Visit the Credential Engine website to:

  1. Learn more about Credential Engine
  2. Subscribe to updates
  3. Become a participant or partner

Get started with Credential Engine today by:

  1. Create or Login to your Credential Engine account
  2. Get your organization approved to publish and/or consume
  3. Learn more about CTDL, the Registry, and the publishing and consuming APIs

Announcements

Follow Up Information: Final Review of Transfer Value and Education & Training to Jobs CTDL Term Proposals
Posted on 10/16/2020

Thanks to all who joined the October 14, 2020 meetings to review the new CTDL terms proposals for Transfer Value and Education and Training to Jobs. If you can provide feedback by Friday, October 30, 2020, it would be very helpful.

All meeting materials are available to you:

Please review and provide feedback on these documents. Please provide feedback using any of these options:

Backup materials for Transfer Value terms and Education & Training to Jobs are listed below.

Transfer Value

  1. Transfer Value Charter with Use Cases - This document is complete.
  2. Transfer Value GitHub Issues - The terms proposal is documented with multiple GitHub issues. Use the Terms proposal to provide suggestions. Otherwise, log into your GitHub account and add comments to related issues.
  3. Transfer Value CTDL JSON Examples - These are the examples from slides 10-14 available for review.
  4. Updates to CTDL terms are in Pending status during the feedback period through Nov 1, 2020.

Education & Training to Jobs

  1. Education & Training to Jobs Charter with Use Cases - This document is complete.
  2. Education & Training to Jobs Domain Model - Review and provide suggestions.
  3. Education & Training to Jobs GitHub Issues - The terms proposal is documented with multiple GitHub issues. Use the Terms proposal to provide suggestions. Otherwise, log into your GitHub account and add comments to related issues.
  4. Education & Training to Jobs CTDL JSON Examples - These are the examples from slides 21 - 22 available for review..
  5. Updates to CTDL terms are in Pending status during feedback period through Nov 1, 2020.

Thank you in advance for reviewing proposal materials and please let us know if you have any questions.

Feedback Request: CTDL Terms for Transfer Value and Education & Training to Jobs
Posted on 10/5/2020

Thanks to all who joined the October 2, 2020 TAG meeting to review the new CTDL terms proposals for Transfer Value and Education and Training to Jobs. If you can provide feedback by October 16, 2020, it would be very helpful. This enables a review of your comments for potential updates ahead of presenting materials to the four other Credential Engine advisory groups as well as other partners and Registry users. A webinar is scheduled or October 14, 2020 to garner additional feedback. Watch for an emailed invitation, TAG members are welcome to join this webinar as well. The timeline is to get all feedback by October 30th.

All meeting materials are available to TAG members:

Materials for Transfer Value terms and Education & Training to Jobs are listed below. Please provide feedback on terms proposals using any of these options:

  • Send an email to info@credentialengine.org
  • Use comments on the terms domain model diagrams and terms proposals
  • Use this TAG Google Group
  • Post to the related GitHub issues.

Links to all of the review materials are included below and linked in the Google slides used for the TAG meeting.

Transfer Value

  1. Transfer Value Charter with Use Cases - This document is complete.
  2. Transfer Value Guide - Optionally, provide suggestions.
  3. Transfer Value Domain Model - Review and provide suggestions.
  4. Transfer Value Terms Proposal - Review and provide suggestions.
  5. Transfer Value GitHub Issues - The terms proposal is documented with multiple GitHub issues. Use the Terms proposal to provide suggestions. Otherwise, log into your GitHub account and add comments to related issues.
  6. Transfer Value CTDL JSON Examples - These are the examples from slides 10-14 available for review.
  7. Updates to CTDL terms are in Pending status during the feedback period through Nov 1, 2020.

Education & Training to Jobs

  1. Education & Training to Jobs Charter with Use Cases - This document is complete.
  2. Education & Training to Jobs Domain Model - Review and provide suggestions.
  3. Education & Training to Jobs Terms Proposal - Review and provide suggestions.
  4. Education & Training to Jobs GitHub Issues - The terms proposal is documented with multiple GitHub issues. Use the Terms proposal to provide suggestions. Otherwise, log into your GitHub account and add comments to related issues.
  5. Education & Training to Jobs CTDL JSON Examples - These are the examples from slides 21 - 22 available for review..
  6. Updates to CTDL terms are in Pending status during feedback period through Nov 1, 2020.

Thank you in advance for reviewing proposal materials and please let us know if you have any questions.

October 2020 TAG Meeting
Posted on 9/28/2020

We have an upcoming TAG meeting this Friday, October 2nd, at 11:00 am EST / 10:00 am CST / 9:00 am MT / 8:00 am PST. This meeting will focus on two primary areas:

  1. Transfer Value
    1. Transfer Value Profile class
    2. Related terms
    3. Final Proposal
  2. Education and Training to Jobs
    1. Occupation, Job, Work Role, and Task classes
    2. Related terms
    3. Final Proposal
  3. Next Steps

We will use this presentation to cover the above areas.

We hope to see you there!

CTDL Financial Assistance types Update
Posted on 8/17/2020

Partners,

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the CTDL proposal to define and expand the types of financial assistance. We received quite a bit of feedback that was very helpful and we’ve made updates accordingly. Everyone who provided feedback will receive a separate email early next week summarizing how we responded to your comments. Those terms went to a “Pending” CTDL status Friday, August 14, 2020.

You can see these Pending terms here.

There is still time to comment on these pending terms prior to moving them to a status of "Stable" on Friday, August 28, 2020. In tandem with these terms being part of the CTDL on August 28th, the Credential Engine’s publishing tools will be updated to support publishing to the Credential Registry.

To provide feedback, either: (1) post to GitHub Issue #651 or (2) email info@credentialengine.org.

Employment and Training to Jobs Meeting Summary
Posted on 8/7/2020

Thank you so much to all who were able to join us for our Education and Training to Jobs meeting. We covered the Draft Plan and Charter and came to a consensus of approving the Draft Plan & Charter. This will continue to be a work in progress while this task group continues to meet. In addition, the Credential Engine Team discussed the initial use cases and draft domain model. Details and direct links to these materials can be found in this document:

Employment and Training to Jobs Meeting Summary