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A recent publication in Issues in Science and Technology-co-authored by Workcred’s Isabel Cardenas-Navia and New America’s Shalin Jyotishi-explores Learning and Employment Records (LERs), digital records detailing a person’s education, training, and work experience that are verified through a distributed system similar to blockchain. The article, “Everything You’ve Ever Learned,” explores how LERs offer a promising solution to the challenge of capturing and communicating the skills of individual workers to a wide selection of potential employers. LERs may also equip employers with the tools necessary to maximize hiring, promotion, and upskilling.

The publication also explores the need for LERs to be…


Marking an exciting debut in broadcast media, Workcred staff is joining several episodes of RVN Television’s Morning Coffee Expert Series to discuss various workforce and credentialing-related topics in 2021. In the first video of the series, Roy Swift, Workcred’s executive director, describes how the work landscape has changed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and how certifications and short-term certificates can provide a faster pathway to good jobs.

Along with guest Lance Welter of Welter Associates, Dr. Swift discussed how the pandemic has had a major effect on frontline workers, such as those in the hospitality sector who have faced job loss…


Today, Workcred launched its new website, reflecting a more robust and modern layout, enhanced logo and features, and direct access to new content. The engaging, re-designed site provides users with a deeper understanding of Workcred’s mission to connect and educate stakeholders under the vision of creating a more integrated and effective credentialing system, and current efforts in support of those goals.

Now mobile-responsive and more user-friendly, the new Workcred.org provides opportunities for audiences to engage with Workcred and learn about the latest research, insights, and trends related to credentials. New re-designed features include:

  • a “What’s New” carousel to highlight recent…

Roy Swift, Executive Director of Workcred; Eric Bing, Chancellor and CEO of The College of Health Care Professions

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a growing demand for education and training beyond the confines and commitments of traditional multi-year programs. Millions of Americans remain unemployed, and they are desperate to quickly obtain the training, education and credentials they need to find a new foothold in a transformed economy. At the same time, over 60% of Americans say they would now prefer to pursue non-degree options, according to new research from the Strada Education Network. …


Several factors may deter older workers (age 50+) from pursuing training. Some might question the return on investment for new skills and credentials as one approaches traditional retirement ages. Others likely feel extreme anxiety about reentering the classroom after decades away from educational institutions. Paying tuition can be a challenge at any age, and the financial implications of taking time out of the labor market to pursue training are perhaps more severe for adults with mortgages and other fixed expenses. On the employer’s side, stereotypes and prejudices likely exist concerning older workers’ abilities to absorb new knowledge and learn new…


Certification bodies provide broad access to materials, education, and/or training for certification exam preparation, ranging from endorsed curriculum delivered by postsecondary higher education institutions to self-study guide to online courses. Nearly 70% of certification bodies provide study guides to all individuals seeking their certifications, and work with a wide variety of education and training providers. This data strongly suggests that materials, education, and/or training is broadly accessible to individuals who are seeking certifications.

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of accessibility to education and training for individuals who are seeking new credentials. …


Survey data showing that demand for certifications is increasing due to the pandemic is consistent with what is seen with other credentials. This data strongly suggests that individuals and employers see certifications as a pathway to new and/or continued employment. The survey also showed that certification bodies are working to develop micro-certifications and specializations in certifications. This may reflect an emerging trend toward micro-credentialing that has emerged in postsecondary education.

The pandemic has resulted in significant displacement of workers from their jobs. Recent surveys from Strada have shown that approximately half of individuals believe that pursing more education or training…


Survey data shows that certification bodies are ready to participate in linking their administrative data with other administrative data, in terms of already collecting data or being willing to collect additional data needed for accurate data matching. Linking this data will allow certification bodies to better understand and serve their clients, as well as significantly deepen the understanding of the role of certifications in credentialing pathways and their impact on wages.

The Need for Centralized Data on Certifications

Transparency and quality assurance of non-degree credentials are critical to understanding the value of non-degree credentials to individuals, postsecondary education institutions, employers, and policymakers. A recent survey on recently…


Certifications have the potential to be useful tools in addressing re-employment, re-deployment, and re-education challenges that workers face in the current labor market.

The most recent Strada Education Network findings show that Americans feel stuck in their current employment situations and remain skeptical of the value of credentials and education to advance their careers. More than half surveyed said they do not believe a good job is within their reach, and 44 percent said they are not equipped with the right skills and credentials.

Workcred is focused on solutions to these workforce challenges and is working to educate the public…


Understanding Certifications

Help in navigating the complex and little understood “wild west” of certifications

Enormous economic shifts predating and accelerated by the current worldwide pandemic caused by COVID-19 — and the growing awakening to racial inequities in the U.S. — are creating a labor market in which the use of certifications has the potential to grow significantly. But what exactly is a certification? And how does it differ from other types of credentials?

Perhaps the least understood credential, certifications are awarded based on an individual demonstrating, through an examination process, that she or he has acquired the knowledge, skills, and…

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