Digital badges are an online representation of skills gained. Like badges sewn onto clothing, they represent skills earned. Each badge is unique to the user who earned it and can be verified by any organization
The institute for Family Service Professionals is proud to host badges that can showcase your knowledge of home visiting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find available badges?
Once you log in to your account, select the Your Account option in the upper right-hand menu where your name is listed. From the left side, select Digital Badges and available badges will be listed.
How do I earn a digital badge?
The Institute offers two types of badges: Approved and Automatic. Each badge contains a description and achievement requirements to earn the badge.
Approved - The Institute does not approve badges so if you are required to complete a badge, please determine who needs to approve your badge (e.g., supervisor, team lead, CQI lead).
Automatic - Once you have completed the requirements of an automatic badge, you will receive an email indicating you have met the requirements.
Note: The Institute is not responsible for the approval of ANY badges.
Why would I use a digital badge?
Digital badges set you apart in resumes, CVs, blogs, professional networks, and social networks. Badges offer a unique way to display your skills and help other professionals learn more about your professional development.
Where can I use a digital badge?
Anywhere! Display them proudly on your resume, CV, blog, LinkedIn, and/or in your email signature.
Does my state or organization use Institute digital badges? Am I required to earn digital badges?
The Institute built digital badging to allow anyone to implement the use of any or all digital badges available in the Institute. For example, in Oz, they may require that their home visitors earn a digital badge every year. Oz would then need to determine how they want their home visitors reporting if/when they earned a badge. The Institute does not determine how digital badges should be implemented; we only outline what is required to earn each badge.
How do I add someone to approve my badge?
Once you know who needs to approve your badges, you can enter their email address by visiting the Share My Progress feature in your Account Settings. Once you share your progress, an email notification will be sent to those listed.
What happens after I earn a badge?
You will receive an email with your digital badge image. The badge's image contains unique information and cannot be used by another learner.
Where can I find badges I have earned?
Earned badges will appear in the Digital Badges menu in your Institute account settings. To share your badges, use the Share My Progress function in your Institute profile.
Where do I store my badges?
You can find your badges in Your Account within the Institute. As an additional option, many different organizations provide online spaces for you to display and share badges. Please contact your organization for additional requirements for storing/sharing your badges. There are online services called "Backpacks," which provide a free storage space for you to store and transfer badges between different organizations, giving you more control over your badges. One such site is Badgr.
Still have questions?
Please visit Open Badges to learn more about digital badges.