Through an increasing array of credentials—such as degrees, certificates, licenses, certifications, badges,
and apprenticeships—job seekers, students, and workers have more options than ever. Yet, there has
never been an efficient system to collect, search, and compare credentials in a way that keeps pace with
the speed of change in the 21st century and is universally understood. With more than 300,000 unique
credentials in the U.S. alone, this lack of information contributes to confusion and uninformed decision
making. Credential Engine is demystifying the credential marketplace by bringing both transparency and
common understanding to credentials for the first time to provide information needed to make better
credentialing decisions and reveal credentialing and labor trends.
Credential Engine grew out of the Credential Transparency Initiative (CTI), which began in 2013. CTI’s
mission was to research and initiate the development of a centralized registry of credential information,
a common credentialing language, and a credential search engine. This effort was led by the George
Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP), Workcred—an affiliate of the American
National Standards Institute—and Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale’s Center for Workforce
Development with support from the Lumina Foundation.