Professional Development Programs

Digital Badges

Professional Development at the University of Maine now offers digital badges and micro-credentials

What is a digital badge?

Badges tell a story. Each is embedded with data that verifies a learner's skills and achievements in a particular course or pathway— and they are meant to be shared on social media, websites, and in emails!  University of Southern Maine Badge blue and white

What is a micro-credential?

A micro-credential is a verified credential earned when learners demonstrate what they know and are able to perform related to a specific subject. They show their understanding through evidence and application.

Micro-credentials consist of stacked digital badges that offer learners a way to highlight the skills and competencies critical to success.

Why are micro-credentials important?

  • Demonstrate skills in real-world settings
  • Stand out to employers
  • Verify competencies, beyond your transcript and resume, improving marketability
  • Discoverable when shared
  • Articulate one’s skill during interviews

Learn more about more badges offered through the University of Maine System.

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of hiring managers indicate that it is “very important” that recent applicants demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings and only 39% think recent applicants are well-prepared to apply skills in real-world settings.*

*Hart Research Associates. Fulfilling the American Dream: Liberal Education and the Future of Work (Washington, D.C.: AAC&U, 2018)