Information for Learners

Earning a Microcredential 

The department that offers the microcredential will notify you when you’ve completed the requirements to earn a digital badge. You’ll also receive an email invitation to accept the badge. Use your UAlbany email address to create an account on the Credly Acclaim website. 

Microcredentials won’t appear on your transcript, but credit-bearing courses completed as part of a microcredentialing program will be documented on your transcript.

Sharing your Digital Badge 

Using your Credly Acclaim account, you can also share your badge on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, XING and WhatsApp, or share it via link or embed. You’re also able to download and print the badge. Visit the Credly Acclaim Help Center for instructions. 

Badges can’t be shared unless they are public. You can change your privacy settings on Credly Acclaim by clicking your profile icon, selecting “Settings” and then clicking “Privacy & Security.” There, you’ll be able to make your profile publicly visible or make it private. To make a badge private, click on the badge, select “More” and then click “Make Badge Private.”

Student Privacy Statement

University at Albany microcredentials are displayed as digital badges on the Credly Acclaim ("Credly") platform. Student work may be attached to a digital badge to serve as evidence of the development of skills and competencies. 

The University at Albany believes that you should have the right to control the use of your personal and educational information. Your rights may also be protected by applicable laws and regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). By providing the required information to receive this credential, you are consenting to the University at Albany transferring your first name, last name, email address and submitted evidence to Credly, Inc., the company that provides the digital credentialing technology. Credly will use this information for the sole purpose of hosting and publicly displaying your credentials and associated information.


Financing a Microcredential 

State and federal financial aid can be applied to credit-bearing courses for matriculated students if the courses fit into an approved program of study or if the student still has elective credits available. Students should check with the Office of Financial Aid to confirm a course will be covered by financial aid.

Many employers will also reimburse employees for educational programs that help workers learn new skills.