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Credential  Engine

Credential Engine [formerly Credential Transparency Initiative]

Credential Engine is working to improve transparency in the credentialing marketplace by scaling a web-based Credential Registry that enables job seekers, students, workers, educators, and employers to easily search for and compare credentials, just as travel apps are used to compare flights, rental cars, and hotels. The Credential Registry effort began in 2013 when the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy, Workcred, and Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale’s Center for Workforce Development launched the Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI) with support from Lumina Foundation to increase transparency in the credentialing system by:

  • Developing a common language, known as the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), for describing the key features of all kinds of credentials, credentialing organizations, and the quality assurance bodies that accredit, approve, endorse, or recognize them.
  • Building a voluntary, web-based credential registry for aggregating and sharing the resulting comparable information
  • Creating and testing a search-and-discovery app that enables access to this information by employers, educators, students, career counselors, app developers, and others.

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Connecting Credentials

Connecting Credentials: A National Dialogue on Building Learning-Based Credentialing System

Lumina Foundation and 120 co-sponsoring organizations, including Workcred, are calling for ways to transform our nation’s highly diverse and fragmented credentialing system into one that is student-centered and learning-based.

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Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

In partnership with NIST MEP, Workcred is conducting a research study examining the quality, market value, and effectiveness of manufacturing credentials. The initiative will contribute to the body of knowledge for manufacturing-related skills credentials and identify skill gaps that could be filled by new credentials.

 For more information on this project, visit our research projects page.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was founded in 1901 and is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

Part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a U.S. Department of Commerce agency, the mission of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is to enhance the productivity and technological performance of U.S. manufacturing. The MEP National Network™ is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. Focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy, the MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and its 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at nearly 600 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.