Introducing Digital Badges
The Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC) is pleased to announce that we have partnered with BadgeCert to offer you a cutting-edge way to share the VA-BC™ credential through Digital Badges.
What is a Digital Badge?
Digital Badges are web-enabled representations of your VA-BC™ credential. Your digital badge is made of an image and metadata uniquely linked to you. This ensures that only you can take credit for your achievement.
You can share your digital badge to popular online social media and professional platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. It can also be embedded in a résumé, your personal website, or your email signature. Anyone who views your badge can select it to learn more about your certification and to verify its authenticity.
VACC created a custom badge icon to reflect your certification.
When you pass your exam, recertify or renew your credential, you will receive an email (to your preferred email) from the VACC office with a URL link. This link can be embedded into resumes, Outlook Signature, LinkedIn Certification, Twitter, and Facebook. The digital badge contains information about your certification: credentials, certificate number and expiration date. The badge also contains your certificate and wallet card in PDF for immediate download.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR PREFERRED EMAIL ON FILE WITH VACC IS ACCURATE.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:14 AM
To: Your Preferred email address
Subject: You earned a digital badge from Vascular Access Certification Corporation
Subject: Your VACC digital badge is ready!
Congratulations! You are awarded a BadgeCert digital badge for your VA-BC™ certification from VACC. Your badge verifies your accomplishment and can be shared electronically with others via email or social media.
To see and share your BadgeCert, click here.
In addition, your VACC digital badge contains your certificate and wallet card that can be easily printed from your personal computer. Still want a hard copy of your certificate? Go to www.vacert.org and click on the “Store” tab for instructions on how to purchase.
Add your credential to LinkedIn now! Click to add to Linkedin profile here.
To learn how to share your badge, visit www.badgecert.com/sharing.
The VACC digital badge is a free benefit exclusive to VA-BC™ credential holders. Please contact us if you have any questions or require more information regarding this complimentary new benefit.
Vascular Access Certification Corporation
Yes. You will receive emails from firstname.lastname@example.org at 10 months, four months and one month prior to your certification expiration.
In addition, once you set up your badge, there will be automatic email reminders when your badge is nearing your expiration date. These emails will be sent:
• 30 days before expiration
• 7 days before expiration
• 1 day before expiration
If you don’t activate your badge in a timely manner, reminder emails will be sent to you after:
• 30 days
• 60 days
• 120 days
Check if the email you received for your badge has the LinkedIn ‘Add to profile’ button. If yes, then click on “Add to profile” button in the email you received.
If you are logged into LinkedIn, you will be asked by LinkedIn to authorize adding your badge to your account. If you are not logged in, a pop-up window – from LinkedIn – will ask you to do so. Thereafter, you will be asked to authorize adding your badge to your account. When you “save,” your badge will be added to the LinkedIn Certifications section. Please note you will see the logo for the issuing organization and a link to your badge. LinkedIn does not show your badge image until the link is clicked. Please DISABLE pop-up blocker when trying to share your badges with social networks. Visit badgecert.com/sharing for more information on sharing.
Move your cursor over Profile at the top of your LinkedIn homepage and select Edit Profile.
Scroll down to Certifications and click + Add
Complete the prompted information.
Add the URL link for your digital badge portfolio.
By nature, a digital badge is intended to be displayed on the Internet or via digital media. However, we understand the need to print your badge or display it on a resume.
Add your digital badge to your resume: save the image from the email, insert the picture into the document, right click the picture and select hyperlink. Add the URL address to the hyperlink. Even within a resume or PDF, the image can be designed to hyperlink to the badge URL. The badge URL is the bcert.com URL in the issuance email. If you do not have it, login and send yourself an email copy.
Add digital badge to a Website: websites use the same methodology as Outlook (see badgecert.com/sharing) or the resume above. Simply upload the image and hyperlink the badge URL.
Print a badge: To print your badges, open the badge and print the screen using print screen on the keyboard. You can manipulate the image in the paint program to clean it up or paste it into word.
Add your digital badge portfolio to your Outlook signature using your URL link. The link is obtained in your digital badge issuance email, by sending the sharing email to yourself, or on the profile itself. It looks like http://bcert.me/secgbski. Configuring Outlook, depending on the version, may take a little maneuvering.
To add a picture in the signature, select “save as” picture on the badge in the URL link. Do not download badges from the web portal.
In versions such as Outlook 2010, on the Message tab, in the Include group, click Signature, and then click Signatures. In Outlook 2013, go to Options → Mail → Signature
Under Choose default signature, in the E-mail account list, click an e-mail account with which you want to associate the signature.
If you want a signature to be included when you reply to or forward messages, in the Replies/forwards list, select the signature.
Click the picture and browse for the icon you saved to your computer. Then click reference, to include your BC URL link.
Login to your Twitter account and click “Compose new Tweet” on the right hand side of the menu as shown below. In the Compose New Tweet box, create a message that tells your followers about your new badge such as “I just received a new credential!” Add your URL link and Add photo and browse to the logo or portfolio artwork you just saved. Then click “Tweet.”
To add a picture in the signature, select “save as” picture on the badge in the URL link.
Login to your Facebook account and from “Timeline,” select “Life Event.” Then Select “Work & Education” and “Create Your Own…” at the bottom of the list. Add title such as “I earned a new certificate!” Select “Upload Photos” and browse the image you identified earlier.
Under the “Story” tab, add the link to your live portfolio by typing the words “Follow this link to see my credential” and insert your URL link. Finally, choose the people you would like to share your accomplishment with (public, friends, only me) and click “Save.”