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Show off your digital badge credentials to stand out and track your training progress

04 Jul 2022

Right now, leadership teams in human resources, learning and development, information security, innovation and technology are on a two-fold mission: find the right people with the right digital skills and develop current team members' ICT capabilities.

Because of this, digital badge credentials have become a popular way to indicate and communicate job qualifications. They serve as green flags during the hiring process and help leaders monitor their training and development. 

But what is a digital badge? It’s a visual representation of a digital credential, offering proof of skills and achievements. The metadata embedded in them contains information like the awarding organisation, the date of completion and in some cases, the date of renewal by which a person needs to complete additional training in order to retain the badge.

Are digital badges worth it for organisations? 

They are and they offer several advantages for businesses. 

  • Seeing at a glance if a potential recruit has all or most of the right skill sets for the job. 
  • Awarding staff for a range of achievements including training and certifications.  
  • Using them as rewards and perks for learning and development.
  • Tracking career and development progress, as a factor for promotions and performance reviews. 

IBM's human resources department also found that team members who earn digital badges show higher engagement scores than employees who do not, with 87% saying they are more engaged because of the digital badge program.

Why and how to put a digital badge on your resume?

You can paste the badge as an image on your resume or list information about the badge such as the skill confirmed or training and certification completed as well as the issuing organisation and date of expiry. They offer these added benefits: 

  • It's a quality credential that clearly certifies what you can do, what you did to earn it and by which vendor 
  • It is a trusted method for real-time certification – as opposed to self-reported 
  • It’s a secured digital credential
  • It's easy to share online, especially on LinkedIn

In an interview with TechTarget in 2021, Nader Qaimari, chief product officer at ISACA explained that:

"A digital badge is further proof someone has achieved a credential and maintained that credential."  

ISACA is an IT governance and training organisation that awards digital badges and a partner of DDLS Group which Auldhouse is a part of.

A few things to keep in mind with digital badges 

While we recommend the use of digital badges, managers and team members should be diligent and selective to avoid the following: 

  • Non-renewal - Review the badges thoroughly to make sure candidates have up to date certifications. 
  • Oversaturation - Focus on training and certification that deepen your expertise and that come from trusted organisations only. 

Enroll for a course at Auldhouse and show off your badge 

Auldhouse is a trusted provider of information and communications technology training in New Zealand and is a part of DDLS Group.

With Pearson VUE and EC-Council Testing Centres established, students can rest assured that they are receiving standardised and recognised industry certification.

How to request your digital badge? 

You can enrol in any one of Auldhouse's ICT courses in different categories. 

These courses are delivered in partnership with leading ICT organisations that in the first six months of 2022 have helped our group issue an overall 5,674 badges to students. These partners include MicrosoftGoogle CloudAWS, Citrix, CISCO and CompTIA.

Students are issued with an email upon completion of their Auldhouse course which enables them to activate and share their badge – it's that easy. 

In demand digital badges for ICT training

As part of DDLS Group, the popular categories that we at Auldhouse issue badges for are ranked as follows:

  • Cloud Computing and Virtualisation  e.g. Microsoft Azure, AWS & Google Cloud
  • IT Infrastructure and Networks  e.g. Red Hat Application Administration
  • Business Applications e.g. SAP and Microsoft Technical
  • Data, Analytics and AI e.g. courses on Oracle Database, and Microsoft PowerBI

Although we are seeing a growth in the number of learners who are working towards getting PMP, PRINCE2, CISSP and ITIL digital badges.

To enquire about our courses and the digital badges that are issued once they are completed, you can call us at 09 361 0977 or our FreePhone 0800 835 835 or send us an email at LeighR@auldhouse.co.nz.