For Job Seekers—ACT WorkKeys
Digital Badging

What Is a WorkKeys Digital Badge?

A badge is a digital asset used to communicate a learning achievement or credential. An ACT WorkKeys digital badge quickly shows the world what you have accomplished with your WorkKeys scores, and badging makes it easy to share your skill achievements with employers and organizations. Digital badges are quickly becoming the common language of verified skills, so you’re well on your way to getting noticed for your achievement.

Individuals who take the WorkKeys Assessments to earn an ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) or the ACT WorkKeys Essential Skills Assessment can share their accomplishment with a digital badge.

The WorkKeys NCRC measures and certifies the foundational work skills — Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, Workplace Documents — needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations.  

ACT WorkKeys Essential Skills measures individuals’ employability skills — Integrity, Work Ethic, Collaboration, Resilience, Leadership, and Creativity — that predict workplace success.  

Benefits of Earning WorkKeys Digital Badges

Adding a WorkKeys digital badge to your resume or social media profile helps get you noticed in the job market and celebrate foundational and essential skills achievements. A digital badge quickly tells employers and colleagues that: 

  • You have the validated skills needed for numerous jobs in the market.
  • Your knowledge and skills can be applied to the workplace.
  • You are certified by a credible source with decades of experience in helping individuals achieve work readiness. 

Using the Credly credentials included with your WorkKeys digital badge allows employers, educators, and other stakeholders to quickly verify your career skill accomplishments.

If you’re a Platinum, Gold, or Silver WorkKeys NCRC badge earner, you can also obtain college credits through PLA (Prior learning assessment programs) by digitally sharing your transcript with accepting institutions. 

What Can I Do with Digital Badges?

You can share your badges with anyone you’d like, wherever you’d like: LinkedIn, Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), email, on your resume, or embedded in a website. Your next steps can include:

  • Share your achievement on social media—Especially channels/ platforms you use to interact with employers. 
  • Search for jobs using labor market insights in Credly—Based on your skills, you can learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges, and more. 
  • Update your resume and online portfolios—Be sure to include your badge along with your diploma, degrees, or other accomplishments. 
  • Take the next step in learning and send a digital transcript—Use your WorkKeys badges to further your education and see what career-specific training is out there. 
  • Go for that promotion—Your badges tell employers you have the skills needed to succeed. Include your badges when applying for jobs at your current employer or prospective jobs. 
  • Look into the labor market and apprenticeships—Your WorkKeys accomplishment is just the beginning. Search for new career opportunities and training pathways. 

How to Accept Your WorkKeys Digital Badge 

You will receive an email from Credly notifying you that ACT has issued you a badge. Click the Accept button in the email which will take you to the Credly website where you will be able to create an account and claim your badge.

If you did not receive an email from Credly, first confirm a badge was earned by logging into your MyWorkKeys account. Verify the correct email address was entered and check your junk folders. If additional support is needed, contact Credly account support or review the FAQs below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Credly is a digital badge platform that works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.

You can share your badge directly from the Credly platform to LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter), and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website; or in your email signature.

We have partnered with Credly’s digital badge platform to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share, and verify your competencies digitally.

Open badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification, or learning outcome which can be verified online in real time.

First confirm you have added the correct email address to your MyWorkKeys account. Once you have earned your badge, you will receive an email notification from Credly ( with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Credly platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

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. 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.

Yes, you can download your badge from the Share Badge page. 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 Badgr Backpack.

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