The AICPA first launched its digital badging program for certificates and other learning in April 2016, with widespread adoption and engagement by our members. Digital badges are now available to individuals who have earned an AICPA advisory service credential. This includes the following credentials: Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations (CEIV), Certified in the Valuation of Financial Instruments (CVFI), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS).
We hope you’ll take full advantage of the opportunity to earn and display your digital badge. Here is a video and set of frequently asked questions to help you understand the benefits and how you can display your achievement.
Watch this video (2:36) for an overview of digital badges through the Acclaim platform.
A digital badge is a validated, visual representation of your significant achievement with a specific description of the knowledge and skills you’ve achieved to earn it.
Credly empowers organizations to officially recognize individuals for demonstrated competencies and skills. Their mission is to connect people to opportunity based on their talent and capabilities. Thousands of organizations use Credly to make their students’, employees’, and members’ achievements visible, including Yale University, Harvard, the New York City Department of Education, Adobe, SUNY, University of Central Florida, Training Magazine, and Smithsonian. Acclaim is one of Credly’s badging platforms.
Accepting your badge
Digital badges are quickly becoming the global standard for recognizing and publicizing professional development. Sharing your digital badge with your social and professional networks helps you gain recognition for your achievement from clients, colleagues, and potential employers. A digital badge strengthens credibility and visually declares your commitment to quality. According to a recent LinkedIn study, profiles with certifications and badges receive six times the number of profile views. Watch this video (1:38) for an overview.
Once a digital badge’s specific criteria are met, you will be issued a digital badge in approximately 15 business days or less. You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions and a link to claim your badge on the Acclaim platform.
It’s easy to log in to the Acclaim platform to accept the AICPA digital badge you have earned. Within the notification email you receive from email@example.com, click the “Accept your badge” button or URL. You have the option to use your email address, Facebook or LinkedIn information when you create your free youracclaim.com account.
You do not have an obligation to claim and display the digital badge. However, downloading, embedding, and linking your unique digital badge enables potential clients, professional contacts, and employers to easily verify your accomplishments. You have the option to make your badge private once you’ve accepted it so others will not see it.
Sharing and linking your badge
Once you’ve created an account on youracclaim.com and have accepted your digital badge, click on it and choose to “Share” to your choice of social media networks, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Xing. You can also include the digital badge in your e-mail signature, digital resume or your personal blog/website.
From the “Share” menu, choose the “Download Badge” option (downward arrow icon) to download the badge as a PNG file. Then, look for the link icon to link the PNG image to your verifiable badge. Or, copy the HTML code from the embed icon (left and right arrows with a forward slash in between them) and use that on your web page, blog or any platform that accepts HTML.
Important! For your badge to be verified and allow others to see your accomplishment, the badge must be linked through the Acclaim platform.
You can link multiple e-mail addresses to the Acclaim platform, so if your digital badge is delivered to your work e-mail, but your social media accounts are linked to a personal e-mail, it is a seamless experience to share your accomplishment. These instructions are also available here.
You can also watch this video (:40) on how to share your badge.
Your badge needs to be linked to your profile on the AICPA and CIMA Acclaim platform which contains verified information. Every digital badge has a unique URL that should be embedded in your social profile or on your website.
Images of digital badges offered by the AICPA and CIMA are shown here.
Important! When a badge is linked properly, the badge image itself will update automatically if an update occurs. If the badge you’ve earned from the AICPA and CIMA does not match the badge image shown on the AICPA and CIMA Acclaim platform, please ensure your badge is linked properly. You may need to re-download the new image and link it.
To check if your badge is linked properly, once you share your badge, whether on email, a personal webpage, or social media network, click on the badge image. If your Acclaim badge profile does not appear or you don’t see a URL when you hover over the image, your digital badge is not linked properly and cannot be verified.
There is no time limit to claim or accept the badge; however, please refer to the question "Does my digital badge expire?" below.
Some of our AICPA and CIMA digital badges expire while some do not have an expiration date. Digital badges for AICPA advisory credentials are renewed as part of the recertification process associated with each credential. As long as a credential holder meets the continuing professional development (CPD) requirements for recertification and renews membership with the AICPA, the digital badge will remain valid.
If you do not meet the recertification requirements for the AICPA credential you hold or if you allow your membership to lapse with AICPA, your digital badge will expire automatically.
Please refer to the badge’s information page for further detail about potential expiration dates for the digital badge.
Your inactive digital badge will still be listed on your Acclaim account with the expiration date prominently displayed.
No, your digital badge is awarded to the name and email address you used to complete your purchase on the AICPA Store. If someone were to copy the badge it would not be linked and, therefore, unverified and invalid. If you notice misuse of your digital badge image or URL, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, digital badges issued and received on credly.com or youracclaim.com are fully compliant with the Mozilla Open Badges standard. All Credly and Acclaim account holders can send their badges to the Mozilla Open Badge Backpack and import other open badges earned elsewhere into their Credly profile. Watch this video on how to merge accounts.
You can email email@example.com.
In order to claim your badge, you are required to share your name and email address with Credly, but you remain in control of what you share and make visible to other users. You can read more about Credly and Acclaim's privacy policies at https://credly.com/privacy and https://www.youracclaim.com/privacy.