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There is enormous potential for digital credentials to have further impact on the education, training, and workforce sectors within the Department of the Air Force. Using digital badges to reflect digital credentials will be widely used to encourage learning and to provide real and tangible information to supervisors to best inform them of the talents, skills, and achievements of Airmen and Guardians seeking professional growth and new opportunities.
In addition to helping organizations develop digital badges and related earning pathways, A3BD led a cross-organizational workgroup that addressed the DAF's inability to identify, consolidate, and report relevant credentials in a useful format for decision-makers.
A key deliverable was a consolidated list of credentials identified by enlisted, officer, and civilian career field managers (CFMs). For this effort, a credential was defined as any record detailing a qualification, competence, or authority issued to an individual by a third party with relevant or de facto authority. Credentials include, but are not limited to, certifications, licenses, degrees, and certificates. CFMs identified credentials that are required, or desired, for members in their career fields/series.
CFMs can access this list of credentials by clicking here. Note, this is a Sharepoint location so a CAC is required for access. If you would like to make changes to this list, contact A3BD for guidance by emailing AETC.A3BD.Workflow@us.af.mil.
The value of digital credentials increases when the issuer can stack credentials into collections to demonstrate multiple achievements, often referred to as aspirational skilling or future skilling. The Open Badge V2.0 Standard allows individuals to demonstrate skill mastery across various issuers; manage the respective digital credentials in a collection (also known as a secure profile, skills wallet, or skills backpack); and share them on professional social media platforms such as X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Many career fields and series have digital badges available to earn right now. Click on the links below to access information on the badges, earning criteria, and other details. Check back often to discover additional badges you can earn!
Air Education and Training Command
Air Force Institute of Technology
Air Force Senior NCO Academy
Air Mobility Command
Air University Teaching & Learning Center
Barnes Center for Enlisted Education
DAF Integrated Resiliency
USAF Cyberspace Support
Interested in developing digital badges for your organization?
For detailed information on the process, timelines, and procedures, check out the Digital Badging Interactive Intro Briefing, Digital Badging Handbook, the Digital Badging 101 flyer, or the Digital Badging Glossary.
In six major steps, A3BD will work with the CFM to:
The Digital Badging Model is a high-level view of the major steps A3BD takes to build digital badges. The model presents a simple and systematic use case that is flexible to the needs of each community. A3BD works directly with Career Field Managers, MAJCOM Functional Managers, and Subject Matter Experts to develop the criteria for each badge.