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Credential Digital Badge FAQ

Digital Credential Badge FAQs

What is an open badge?

Open badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification, achievement or learning outcome which can be verified in real time online. 

Why has IFMA decided to use open badges to represent credentials and achievements?

Digital badges are a new way to showcase your accomplishment that leverages the convenience and visibility of digital and social media while providing an additional layer of authentication.

How does my credential get displayed as a badge?

We’ve partnered with Credly (see “Who is Credly?” below) to translate the professional development achievements you’ve demonstrated into a digital badge, issued and managed through Credly’s Acclaim Platform. This enables you to manage, share and verify your designations and achievements digitally. The technology is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

What are the benefits of a badge?

Representing your skills and achievements as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, convenient, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re capable of.

Who is Credly?

Credly is an end-to-end solution for issuing and managing digital credentials. IFMA works with Credly to provide digital FM badges to professionals worldwide via Credly’s badging platform, Acclaim. 

How will I know if I’ve earned a badge?

You will receive an email notification from the Acclaim Platform (admin@youracclaim.com) with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account. IFMA is working with Credly to send email notifications to current IFMA CFMs and RCFMs to help them set up their accounts and claim their badges.

Is there a fee to use these digital badges?

No. This is a service IFMA provides to you at no additional cost. We’ve added the badging system as a way for certified FMs to manage and communicate their achievements and as a credential verification method.

Where and how can I share my badge?

You can share your badge directly from the Acclaim Platform to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website and in your email signature. You can also print a certificate of your badge on paper for your records or display.

I’m a current IFMA CFM or RCFM. Will I get a badge? How?

IFMA is working with Credly to send email notifications to current IFMA CFMs and RCFMs in batches. Watch for an email notification from the Acclaim Platform (admin@youracclaim.com) with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

I’m a current IFMA FMP and/or SFP. Will I get a badge(s)? How?

We’re rolling out badges for additional achievements, including the FMP and SFP, during the first quarter of 2019. At that time, you’ll receive an email notification from the Acclaim Platform (admin@youracclaim.com) with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

I’m a current IFMA CFM, and I don’t want a badge. What can I do?

You’ll receive an email notification from the Acclaim Platform (admin@youracclaim.com) with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account. If you don’t want your badge, you’re not required to claim it and this will not affect your CFM or RCFM status. However, we encourage all CFMs and RCFMs to claim your badges to provide concrete evidence of what you had to do to become certified.

I don’t have an IFMA CFM​. How can I earn an IFMA badge?

You can earn the CFM badge by earning your Certified Facility Manager credential — the badge is included with the certification cost and process. Learn more or get started at www.fm.training/credentials/cfm.

Are badges only associated with ​the CFM and RCFM? Can I earn badges in other ways?

At this time (2019), we’re only releasing badges associated with IFMA ​credentials and ​accredited ​degree programs. However, we’re exploring ways to expand the badging program into other areas in the future. Watch for upcoming announcements about badging opportunities.

What if I don’t want my badge to be public?

You’re in control of information about you and can easily configure your privacy settings in the Acclaim Platform.

What’s to 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 Acclaim. 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 Acclaim to other badge-storing platforms?

Yes, you can download your badge from the Share Badge page. Your downloaded badge contains embedded Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI)-compliant metadata. This allows you to store your badge on other OBI-compliant badge sites, such as Mozilla Backpack.   

Can I import badges issued from other platforms into ​Acclaim?

Not at this time. 

I have a question about the Acclaim Platform. Where can I find support?

You can find answers to frequently asked questions at support.youracclaim.com.