What is a digital badge?
ABOHN and the Board of Directors have decided to utilize a technology called Digital Badging to issue to new and active certificants which will replace the paper wallet card previously issued. This offers a portable, secure way to share your certification via social networking sites (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter), email signatures, websites, etc. You are able to share these badges with your employer, colleagues, and licensing boards.
New certificants will continue to receive the wall certificate in addition to the digital badge.
ABOHN created a custom badge icon to reflect each certification.
When you pass your exam, recertify or renew your credential, you will receive an email (to your preferred email) from the ABOHN office with a URL link. This link can be embedded in resumes, Outlook Signature, LinkedIn Certification, Twitter, and Facebook. The digital badge contains information about your certification: credentials, the certificate number, and expiration date.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR PREFERRED EMAIL ON FILE with ABOHN IS ACCURATE.
When you click on your digital badge, you will be able to see and share the information about your certification.
Badges will be issued to verified, active credential holders. If the active credential holder fails to renew their credential by the expiration date, the badge will appear gray/black with red “Expired” wording.
Will ABOHN notify me when it’s time to Recertify and/or Renew my credential?
Yes. You will receive emails from firstname.lastname@example.org six weeks to one month before you are due to recertify or renew your credential.
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
What happens if I don’t activate my badge?
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
What if I still want a paper Wallet Card?
You may download a Wallet Card from the website. Log into the website and on your Profile Page, look for a button for Wallet Card. You may also download a Verification Letter to submit for proof of your ABOHN status if needed.
My email only contained a URL link. How do I activate it?
You will receive an email from the ABOHN office (see above) to your preferred email. Click on the link to see and share your badge. This link can be embedded into resumes, Outlook Signature, LinkedIn Certification, Twitter, and Facebook. These sections will help you share your credential.
How do I add my ABOHN badge to my LinkedIn?
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.
How do I change my last name or email address?
The request for earner email/name changes needs to come to the ABOHN office at email@example.com and the office will update the digital badge information. Please note legal name changes must have back up documentation sent to the ABOHN office (ie divorce decree, marriage license, etc.).
How to add digital badge to Resume / Website or Print the badge?
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 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 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 (click on the badge) the badge and right click on the mouse to bring up the print option. YOu will be able to print the information found on the inside of the badge for you to share.
How to add digital badge to email signature?
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/abdef. 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.
How do I add my badge to Twitter feed?
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.”
How do I add my badge to Facebook account?
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.”