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Digital Credentials Now Available

We’re proud to announce that The Coaching Academy will now be releasing digital credentials as a representation of a coaching qualification.

Digital credentials give TCA Credential-holders a way to share their knowledge, skills and abilities online in a way that is simple and trusted and can be easily verified in real time.

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A digital credential, sometimes also referred to as a digital badge, is an online representation of a qualification or confirmation of training that has been attended.

Above and beyond what a paper certificate can offer, a digital credential holds metadata about what the graduate has completed in order to be awarded the credential. Others (employers/clients) will be able to see exactly what the individual has accomplished along the journey to achieve the credential.

Accessing your Digital Credential

Your TCA digital badge is designed for easy access. Beginning August 2021, new graduates will be invited to accept their digital badge.

All students will find a step by step guide in your Online Learning Portal, in the ‘How to Qualify’ section.

Once connected, you and your peers will be able to view your digital badge!

Why are TCA making this change to offer digital credentials?

  • 1. Digital credentials are the future for graduates building their qualification portfolio.
  • 2. Easily demonstrates what the individual has done in order to be awarded the credential.
  • 3. Instant, no printing costs – lag time for printing.
  • 4. Digital credentials use blockchain technology making it much more secure and virtually impossible to copy, therefore creating confidence for the qualification industry preventing fraud.
  • 5. TCA has partnered with Credly Acclaim which is the worlds largest digital credential service which already has a sophisticated and well networked platform in place.
  • 6. TCA can actively promote to graduates, as all digital credentials are linked to other recommended courses that we offer, all linking directly back to our website.
  • 7. Credly acclaim is linked to job boards, using the metadata of associated skills demonstrated in order to have been awarded the credential.
  • 8. We have visibility how often badges are being shared and viewed providing us with useful data to move forward with.

FAQ

Why is a digital credential important?

The information is visible as to what the earner of the digital credential has done in order to achieve the recognition through the means of metadata. This allows any individual or organisation to verify the content of a course/training that a holder of a digital credential has completed as well as verify that the individual they are researching has indeed been awarded that credential.

What is the difference between a digital credential and a hard copy certificate?

A digital credential shares what the earner of the credential has accomplished in order to receive the credential. A digital credential can be instantly verified. A digital credential also has skills tags connected to demonstrated the key skills that an earner of the credential has displayed whilst working towards their training/qualification. These skills tags are linked to job sites also.

How will I know when I have earned my digital credential?

You will receive an email from admin@credly.com inviting you to accept the badge that has been awarded to you.

How can I share my credential with others?

The Credly Acclaim system that The Coaching Academy are using enables you to share your digital credential across the popular social media platforms as well as download to use on your website or email signature. Once you have been awarded a credential and have accepted this you will have sight on how easy it is to share your recognition.

Can I use a digital credential for insurance purposes?

Yes. Your digital credential for a diploma qualification demonstrates that you are a qualified coach from a reputable coach training organisation. You can download a pdf certificate for anyone who requires this.

Is there an additional cost to having a digital credential?

No. This is a service that we provide to all graduates and those attending our individual training sessions.

How is my digital credential secure once I share it?

Your digital credential that is awarded to you is encrypted with blockchaining technology, meaning that only the issuing organisation can change the content of the credential and verification of the credential can only take place towards the individual in which it has been awarded – ie you.

Can I still get a hard copy certificate?

You can download a pdf certificate through your digital credential access and print this out. Alternatively you can order a hard copy certificate by emailing the support team on support@the-coaching-academy.com There is a charge of £15 + VAT per certificate for this service.

Can I get a digital credential for previous qualifications?

The Coaching Academy are unable to retrospectively allocate a digital credential for a previously awarded qualification or training event.

Can a graduate still get a hard copy certificate?

They can download a pdf certificate through their digital credential access and print this out. Alternatively they can order a hard copy certificate by emailing the support team on support@the-coaching-academy.com There is a charge of £15 + VAT per certificate for this service.

Can I get a digital credential for previous qualifications?

The Coaching Academy are unable to retrospectively allocate a digital credential for a previously awarded qualification or training event.

What else do I need to know?

1. The pdf certificate that is connected with the credly acclaim system does not state a grade on the certificate. Should a graduate wish to have this present, they would need to order a hard copy certificate through TCA.

2. Other digital credentials that the individual receives from other organisations that also use the credly acclaim system (eg ICF) will be placed in the same digital portfolio, so no need to have several digital credential accounts.