Digital badges and certificates serve as tangible evidence of acquired training and knowledge. The criteria for earning them may vary depending on the specific offering. Each award may correspond to a certain number of professional development credit. Noncredit offerings are usually associated with professional development credit or personal enrichment, granting CEUs, CEHs, PDCs, Clock Hours, or proof of completion. These offerings are not to be confused with credit courses that carry college credit for individuals working towards the completion of a degree.
A uniquely valuable digital credential, validated by the University of Wisconsin-Stout, showcasing mastery of specific knowledge or skills. UW-Stout provides different types of badges, each denoted by a banner across the badge:
- Competency: a measurable and/or observable knowledge, skill, or ability (KSA). Competencies may stand alone or be combined to meet the requirements of a micro-credential or certificate.
- Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): A single and specific knowledge unit, skill, or ability that has been demonstrated and assessed. May be recognized as a Competency on a badge.
- Course, Training, or Workshop: Learning experience on a defined topic with KSA outcomes that are demonstrated and assessed.
- Micro-Credential: A combination of demonstrated and assessed KSAs that align with workforce or societal needs, such as courses, trainings, or workshops. Micro-credentials:
- May lead to a certificate.
- May include experiences designed to support or enhance the KSAs.
- Certificate: A set of well-defined learning outcomes focused on advancing knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that can be applied to a practical problem or issue. Typically designed in response to specific employer or societal needs.
- Apprenticeship: demonstrated completion of both related instruction and work experience through an approved Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development apprenticeship program.
Certificate (Digital or Physical)
Earned through the successful completion of a comprehensive offering or a collection of courses/badges demonstrating mastery of skills and knowledge. Earning methods vary by offering; check your offering of interest for details. Certificates may also be used to document proof of completion or award of CEUs, CEHs, PDCs, or Clock Hours.