Certification

A New Way to Showcase Your Certifications

 

    

NAMSS is proud to introduce our brand new digital badges for CPCS and CPMSM certifications, NAMSS Fellows, Hall of Fame and Leadership Certificates. We are committed to providing MSPs with the tools necessary to achieve their professional goals, embrace the future of the profession, and become the MSPs of tomorrow. NAMSS digital badges address the growing need of our members to demonstrate their skills to a broader network and stay current with evolving technological advancements.

Digital badges are extremely versatile and can be shared nearly everywhere — in your email signature, digital resumes, social media profiles, and more! Our digital badges are verified by certified third-parties and accurately represent your earned achievements and recognizes the NCCA accredited process required to earn them. They hold the same weight and importance as a paper certificate.

Not only do these digital badges serve as a mark of excellence, they also give MSPs access to new resources to expand your professional network, and develop your career. We’ve partnered with Credly, the leading digital badge platform, to provide MSPs with a digital version of NAMSS’ credentials and recognitions, and resources to help you take the next step to becoming Tomorrow’s MSP.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions guide below to learn more. Still have questions? Reach out to certification@namss.org for all additional questions and concerns.

FAQs

Q: What is a digital badge?
A: Digital badges are a paperless way to showcase your NAMSS achievements. The Certification Commission of NAMSS issues CPCS and CPMSM certification badges that can easily be shared online. They hold the same weight and importance as a paper certificate. NAMSS also offers digital badges to show off your attainment of the NAMSS Leadership Certificate and recognition of NAMSS Fellows and Hall of Fame awardees.

Q: What are the benefits of a digital badge?
A: Representing your skills via a digital badge gives you an easy way to share your abilities online via a simple, trusted method that can be verified in real time. These badges provide employers and fellow MSPs concrete evidence of your skillset and credentials and what you’re capable of. Credly also offers labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through the Credly platform.

Q: Who is Credly?
A: Credly is a digital badge platform that works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.

Q: What if I’ve already earned my CPCS and/or CPMSM certification or another NAMSS recognition? How will digital badges be distributed to current certificants and awardees?
A: NAMSS has partnered with Credly’s digital badge platform to take all that you’ve accomplished with your CPCS and/or CPMSM certifications and Leadership Certificate Program, Hall of Fame and NAMSS Fellow recognitions and created a digital badge to represent all of those learnings. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This allows you to easily manage, share and verify your competencies digitally. The NAMSS team will automatically generate digital badges for those who’ve earned those certifications or awards by June 1, 2021.

Q: How do I receive a digital badge?
A: You will receive an email notification from Credly (admin@credly.com) with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account. All new CPCS and CPMSM certifications earned after June 1, 2021 will be issued a digital badge approximately two weeks after receiving a passing exam result. Leadership Certificate awardees will be issued a digital badge approximately two weeks after completing all program requirements. NAMSS Fellows and Hall of Fame awardees will be issued the digital badge in conjunction with their recognition at the NAMSS Educational Conference and Exhibition.

Q: Where and how can i share my digital badge?
A: You can share your badge directly from the Credly platform to your LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook profiles; over email; add it to a website or in your email signature.

Watch this video for an overview of digital badge management with Credly.

Q: Is there a fee to use Credly?
A: No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost.

Q: What if I don't want my digital badge to be public?
A: You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public. Please note, we will be replacing our current Good Standing Report with a public directory of digital badges. In order to have your CPCS or CPMSM quickly verified, please leave your badge public for verification.

Q: What’s to keep someone else from copying my digital badge and using it for themselves?
A: 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 certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your identity.

Q: What are labor market insights and how can I access them through Credly?
A: Labor market insights are pulled from job requisitions in real time. Based on your skills, you can see 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 digital badge details page by clicking on Related Jobs, or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge.

Q: I have a question about the Credly platform. Where can I find support?
A: You can find answers to frequently asked questions at support.credly.com. For NAMSS-related certification questions, please reach out to certification@namss.org.

Q: What if I still want a paper certificate?
A: You can download and print a paper certificate directly through the Credly platform. For certifications in 2021, both the gold sticker certificate and the digital certificate will be considered equally valid. There is currently a simple certificate available for download through Credly and we look forward to rolling out a custom certificate through Credly in late 2021. As we move into 2022, more information will be shared about the transition to fully digital credentials. 


 

 

 

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