CompTIA Digital Badging: 5 Facts You May Not Know

by Debra B. McCraw | Dec 12, 2018

Badge It Up - Share Your Badge and Showcase Your SkillsYou may have heard that your CompTIA certifications can now be shared as CompTIA digital badges – images and metadata offered by Credly that prove to employers that you’ve demonstrated the hands-on skills needed by today’s IT workforce. But do you know how they work, the benefits they offer and how you can get yours? Keep reading to learn more.

1. Digital Badges Are Verified Credentials.

Not just anyone can post a CompTIA digital badge to their LinkedIn profile. CompTIA digital badges are images combined with robust metadata that includes details like what the certification represents, who holds the certification (you), and how and when you earned it. CompTIA has partnered with Credly to translate the learning outcomes from your certification into the metadata that accompanies your badge. The digital badge is yours and yours alone.

The CompTIA digital badge’s metadata not only shows employers what you know, but you can use it to better explain your certifications in cover letters, interviews and more. The next time you encounter someone who hasn’t heard about your certification, you can succinctly explain it based on what you read in the metadata of your digital badge.

2. CompTIA Digital Badges Show a Deeper Mastery of Skills.

Earning multiple, related CompTIA certifications can earn you a CompTIA Stackable Certification, and with digital badging, you can efficiently show your range of expertise. CompTIA digital badges can be activated for both individual and stackable certifications. (Credly works with a number of education, training and certification bodies, so there may be other digital badges that you can activate to round out your profile.)

For example, if you have CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+, you can activate those individual digital badges as well as the badge for CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist. The metadata for the stackable certification will show employers the individual certifications you earned to achieve that credential and what IT skills are related to it.

3. You Decide Who Sees Your Digital Badges.

Some people like to shout their achievements from the rooftops while others prefer to keep them on a need-to-know basis. With Credly’s Acclaim platform, you decide who gets access to your CompTIA digital badges. You can easily configure your privacy settings to control what information is made public and what is kept private.

Some people might post their badges to every social media profile, their email signature and their online portfolio, while others may reserve their CompTIA digital badges for their resume only. You can use Credly’s Acclaim platform to display your digital badges, or you can download them to share on other open badge infrastructure (OBI)-compliant sites. CompTIA digital badges meet all these needs and more, so you do you. You’re in complete control.

4. CompTIA Digital Badges Help Set Your Career Path.

Identifying the next steps in your career can be challenging. When you activate your CompTIA digital badge, you’ll gain access to resources that can help you make informed decisions about your next move. Through Credly’s Acclaim platform, you can access labor market insights to search by title, location, employer or salary range for open positions related to your certification. If you find a job posting that interests you, you can apply with just a few clicks.

You’ll also receive personalized certification recommendations based on your earned credentials and special offers for additional training and certifications from CompTIA.

5. CompTIA Digital Badges Are Free! (Well, Sort Of…)

There are no additional fees associated with activating your CompTIA digital badge. Once you’ve earned your CompTIA certification, your CompTIA digital badge is an added benefit we’re providing to you, free of charge.

If you already hold a CompTIA certification or stackable certification that’s eligible for digital badging, you’ll receive an email inviting you to activate your badge. You can also find the link in your Certmetrics ​record. It’s a quick-and-easy process – within minutes, you can activate your badge and start sharing it.

Read more about CompTIA digital badging and watch your inbox starting December 13, 2018, for your invitation to activate your badge. (Emails will deliver from December 13 to 31, so please bear with us.)


  • Tyler

    Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Thanks CompTIA, Very cool!

  • Jerome

    Friday, December 14, 2018

    Nice!! Will be using mine for sure.

  • William

    Friday, December 14, 2018

    This is another reason why CompTIA certification pays off. Good work on bringing verification into the digital world.

  • Heyward

    Friday, December 14, 2018

    Excellent! Thanks.

  • john

    Friday, December 14, 2018

    This is great.. ty!

  • Jon

    Friday, December 14, 2018

    Once I get Net+, I will definitely be using that! Especially nice with stackable certs, since I'm going for Net+ and Server+ so I can promote within my company!

  • Roy Wynn

    Saturday, December 15, 2018

    Looking forward to receiving my email!

  • DJA

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    So I did receive an email, but it's not from Comptia. It's from Is that valid or is that a spam/physhing website? As can be appreciated these days, this email sent does come off as a spam email as there is no identifiable information as to the person the "badge" is for. They also want you to enter personal information. Again, very suspicious. Anyone know for sure?

  • Dave Jones

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    I received my network + digital cert this week and it is connected to LinkedIn, however have not received an email for my A+. Both are life certs. Wondering if they are simply behind and it will arrive soon, or if I need to call someone.

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    Hi, DJA! Thanks for your question, and our apologies for the confusion. Emails from Acclaim about digital badging are legit - Acclaim is our badging partner. If you are suspicious, you can also log into your certification account and find a link there to activate your digital badges. Thanks!

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    Hi, Dave! Thanks for your question. Emails are being delivered on a rolling basis through December 31, so it's possible you still have one on the way. That said, if you've already set up an Acclaim account when you received the email for your Network+ badge, your digital badge for A+ may be in there waiting for you to activate it. If you don't get an email and don't see it in your profile by January, you can submit a ticket to Acclaim here:

  • Alan

    Friday, December 21, 2018

    Awesome! Claimed my badges a few days ago and have them on my LinkedIn profile now.

  • Zach

    Thursday, December 27, 2018

    I received the email and claimed my badges, but when I tried to post my badge to LinkedIn all of the fields for the certification were blank.

  • krishna outram

    Thursday, December 27, 2018

    Very innovative by CompTIA.

  • Tony

    Thursday, December 27, 2018

    Good job

  • JimH

    Thursday, December 27, 2018

    I earned the A+ lifetime about 18 years ago. Then I obtained the Network+ before the Internet was a thing. So, I passed the I-net+ certification when it came out. Will I also get an I-net+ badge?

  • Francis Finch

    Friday, December 28, 2018

    Thanks so much for this and everything else that CompTIA has done for me, both professionally and as personal enrichment. Keep up the great work.

  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019

    Hi, Zach! Thanks for your question. Here are more details on how to add your badge to LinkedIn. If this doesn't help, you can contact Acclaim directly in the right-hand sidebar of that page to get more help:

  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019

    Hi, Jim! Thanks for your question. Unfortunately we do not offer digital badges for CompTIA i-Net+.

  • Dave

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    Great idea! CompTIA is the way to go!

  • Erick

    Monday, February 4, 2019

    *Walks in with badges all over suit with Ridin by Chamillionaire playing in the background*

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