Sigma Academy now offers you an effortless way to share your accomplishments online using digital badges. Digital badges can be embedded into personal websites, CVs, email signatures, and social media sites including LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
Our digital badges use the Acclaim platform. Acclaim support badging for many other large software houses including IBM, Microsoft and Adobe.
WHAT IS DIGITAL BADGING?
A digital badge is an image file that contains metadata describing your qualifications and the process required to earn them. Anyone who clicks on your digital badge image will be taken to a verified site confirming your certification and explaining how you achieved it.
You can learn more about digital badging at OpenBadges.org.
Sigma Academy Certifications
Many of our Sigma Academy courses have certifications attached. To obtain a certification you are required to complete the course (either online or with a learning consultant) then successfully complete the online exam. Exams are generally three hours’ duration and require access to a product environment. One third of the exam is multiple choice and the remainder is a number of practical scenario-based tasks that you may encounter in your everyday work with the product.
Once you have obtained your certification you are issued with an online certificate and a digital badge to showcase your new skills.
Current certifications and their associated badges are shown on the right. New certification courses will be released in the near future and will eventually include the entire Sigma product family.
Which badges can I earn?
Each certification earns a digital badge. The current certifications and their associated badges are shown below. Certifications will be released on an ongoing basis and include the entire Sigma product family.
What does the badge prove?
When someone clicks on your badge they are taken to your personal certification page confirming you have earned the certification. The View Additional Information link at the bottom leads to a detailed course page which specifies both the capabilities you have demonstrated and a course outline.
Q: What is an open badge?
A: Open badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome which can be verified in real-time, online.
Q: How does my certification get displayed as a badge?
A: Our badge technology is based on the Open Badge Standards defined by Mozilla. This enables you to manage, share, and verify your competencies digitally. Your badges can be displayed on most social media sites as well as embedded into web sites, Word documents and email signatures. If you already have a Mozilla backpack, you can add your Sigma badges into your existing backpack.
Q: What are the benefits of a badge?
A: Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted, and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of. Our badges also offer labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through the badging platform.
Q: Who is Acclaim?
A: Acclaim is a product of Pearson, an international education specialist. Acclaim works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.
Q: How will I know if I’ve earned a badge?
A: You will receive an email notification with instructions for claiming your badge and (initially) setting up your account.
Q: What if I don’t want my badge to be public?
A: You can easily configure your privacy settings when you accept your badge. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.
Q: Where and how can I share my badge?
A: You can share your badge to LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website; or in your email signature.
Q: What’s to keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?
A: While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on our 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.
Q: What are labor market insights and how can I access them?
A: Labor market insights are pulled from job requisitions across the US, UK and Canada. Based on your skills, learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges and more. You can search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks. 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.
Q: Can I export Sigma badges to other badge-storing platforms?
A: 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 Mozilla backpack.
Q: Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Acclaim?
A: Not at this time.
Q: I have a question about the badges. Where can I find support?
A: You can email the Learn team or check out the frequently asked questions here: support.youracclaim.com