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FDP Institute Digital Badges Program - FAQ 
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What is a digital badge?
A digital badge is a web-enabled version of a Charter, certification, or learning outcome, which can be verified online in real time. Digital badges recognize a learning or professional development achievement. Since it is digital, it can be shared across the internet for maximum visibility and recognition.

Why is the FDP Institute offering digital badges?
We know many people proudly list their certification(s) on their social profiles, email signatures, and other platforms, so we are providing digital badges to help you display a visual depiction of your accomplishments. In addition, a digital badge conveys other critical information, such as what it takes to earn the certification, key skills you’ve demonstrated, and when you earned the certification.

Why is the FDP Institute partnering with Credly for these badges?
Credly works with credible organizations to provide badges to individuals worldwide to promote their skills and achievements. Badges from Credly represent achievements valued by employers and will help you tell your professional story in a way that is complete and validated.
Credly also offers labor market insights to learn which job opportunities align with your validated skills.

The badges offered through Credly are intended to validate and recognize achievements that demonstrate verifiable knowledge, skills, and capabilities. These are “résumé-worthy” accomplishments that are valued by employers, organizations, and clients.
Additionally, the Credly badges can be used across multiple platforms so you can share these notable achievements on social networks.

How is a badge valuable to me?
A badge allows you to easily manage, share (online), and verify your FDP credential. This includes real-time authentication of your credential and when you obtained it. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential, what you do to actively maintain your credential, and your skillset. Badges can be shared in your email signature, on your electronic résumé, and on your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles.
Credly also offers labor market insights, based on your skills so you can search and apply for job opportunities right through the Credly platform.

What are labor market insights and how can I access them through Credly?
Labor market insights are pulled from live job requisitions. Based on your skills you can learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges, and more. You can search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through Credly. Access the labor market insights from your badge details page by clicking on Related Jobs or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge.

Is there a fee for this badge or to utilize Credly?
No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost. 

Am I able to: 

  • Add a secondary email address?
  • Accept the badge, but not share it?

The Credly Help Center is an amazing source of information.

Learn more here 

Claiming a Badge

How do I know if I will receive a badge?
The badge will be awarded when you meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of the online requirements
  • Successfully pass the FDP exam
  • Sign the Code of Ethics
  • Submit two (2) professional references
If your certification is expired or has been revoked, you will not receive a badge.

When will I get the badge for my FDP Charter?
Badges will be rolled out to existing certification holders the last Friday of each month.  Once existing certification holders receive their badge, we will begin to award badges for newly earned certifications on an ongoing basis.

How will I be notified about my badge?
You will receive an email notification from Credly ( with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

I do not want a digital badge, how do I opt-out?
As a certification holder opted-in to the certification registry, we are providing you the ability to claim your certification digital badge. If you do not want your digital badge simply disregard the email from Credly. You also have the option to manage and/or unsubscribe from Credly emails when you receive their email invitation.

Sharing Your Badge

How do I share my badge?
To share your badge:

  • Log into your account on 
  • Click on the profile icon at the top right-hand corner of the page and go to “Badge Management”
  • Click on the badge you are looking to share
  • Scroll down and click “Share”
  • You will be brought to the “Share Badge” screen where you can find different tabs directing you to connect your social media accounts and share your badge
  • Once your social media account is connected, just click “Share” to share your digital badge

How do I add my badge to my LinkedIn profile?
Follow Credly’s step-by-step instructions to add your badge to your LinkedIn profile: LinkedIn instructions 

How do I add my badge to my email signature?
Follow Credly’s step-by-step instructions to embed your badge within your email signature: Email instructions 


Where can I share my badge?
You can share your badges with anyone you’d like, wherever you’d like:

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Via email
  • Embedded in a website
I have a question about the Credly platform. Where can I find support?
You can find answers to frequently asked questions here: .

What if I don’t want my badge to be made public?
You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

How do I keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?
While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Credly platform and verified by the FDP Institute. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate.

Can I export badges issued through Credly to other badge-storing platforms? Yes. Your downloaded badge contains Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI)-compliant metadata embedded into the image. This allows you to store your badge on other OBI-compliant badge sites, such as the Mozilla backpack.

Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Credly? Not at this time. 

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