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Digital Credentials and Lifelong Learning

A portrait of lifelong learning is now possible with

the connections we are making together.

We're in it together. The IMS community is working across K-12, higher education, and corporate education to make life achievements more accessible, personalized, and equitable from the start for every learner. Together, we establish the digital credentials ecosystem based on open standards that show the whole learner at every step of their journey, ensure interoperability across systems, and open the doors to opportunity today and tomorrow.

An education-to-employment ecosystem 

means success for us all.

When institutions and employers collaborate, learning outcomes and skills are aligned so a learner’s credentials can be verified and matched instantly to the right job.

Today's digital credentials are how educators award achievement, learners stack their experiences, and employers find the perfect match and upskill their teams. Everyone can organize, track, and verify qualifications from the start.

K-12 and Higher Education

Educators award academic credentials that show progress toward mastery of academic and industry standards aligned with needed workforce skills.

Lifelong Learners

Learners use and arrange their verifiable digital credentials augmented with personal achievements and evidence to apply and qualify for jobs.


Employers save resources by finding and verifying the best candidates with structured data algorithms. Identify talent based on what people know and can do.

Given the challenges educators and employers have worldwide finding the right fit between opportunities and quality candidates, the old approaches to credentialing are no longer good enough.

A connected ecosystem means more opportunities for prior learning, dual enrollment, internships, technical skills development, and educational experiences that are highly valued by multiple industries.  

Digital credentials allow learners to make the most of their experiences while reducing administrative costs and headaches for organizations.

IMS members and partners make the difference.

Working together, we can help transform the education system and align learning to workforce needs. Become part of the solution by joining the collaboration. 

The annual IMS Digital Credentials Summit brings together educators and employers to advance groundbreaking work with digital credentials and workforce partnerships. The upcoming Summit is a virtual event, 1-4 March 2021. See the agenda and presentations from the 2020 Summit here.

The PIVOT Project provides K-12 leaders with helpful digital credentials implementation resources and networking with successful schools. Discover more here.

The Talent Continuum is an expert advisory council for IMS skills and digital credentials standards. Bringing industry and academia innovators together to help remove silos between learning organizations and employers. Get involved today. Learn more here.

The Wellspring Project brings educational institutions and employers together to drive the use of digital credentials across the board, automate the matching of credentials with education and opportunities, and empower individuals to find jobs. Join us.


AACRAO and IMS set the standard.

The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers has issued guidance for higher ed institutions to adopt the IMS digital standard for the Comprehensive Learner Record—and encourages employers to do the same. Read the full story.

An open ecosystem means access and innovation.

Digital credentials with IMS standards are learner-controlled, skills-based, and always interoperable. That helps make lifelong achievements more shareable and secure without custom integrations. Saving you time, resources and accelerates your digital transformation.

The IMS Global digital credentials initiative includes the Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR), Open Badges, and Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE® ) standards.


Learning happens at every stage of the journey.

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A personalized digital record that shows and tells a wide range of experiences and accomplishments in the context of learning.

Learn more

Open Badges

The digital way to award accomplishments.

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Digital recognition of accomplishments embedded with verifiable and secure metadata.


Learn more


It’s the learning standards inside a digital credential.

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The fastest way for educators and employers to know what learning happened to earn the achievement.

Learn more

Prepare for the world ahead.


Digital transformations may seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be with these resources and guidance from the experts. We're here for you.

CLR Learn and Lead

Join IMS, educational leaders, and employers for our monthly open webinar to discuss best practices and lessons learned. Register for a CLR Roundtable today.

Open Badges

Thousands of organizations worldwide issue Open Badges, from non-profits to major employers to educational institutions at all levels. Learn more with our FAQ and Glossary.

See the results of the Badge Count 2020 Report

CASE Network

Whether you're an educator or edtech supplier, downloading the digital curriculum standards or accessing the API doesn't require a membership. Register for free.


Get IMS certified for interoperability.

A product certified by IMS means it's verified and securely transferable to any certified platform—you can count on it. Explore all the interoperable products in the IMS Product Directory.


IMS Members Are Leaders in Digital Credentials

When you become an IMS Contributing Member, you'll work across boundaries to develop the standards and strategic initiatives that empower digital transformation and create new paths to success for educators, employers, and lifelong learners. Join us.


Digital Credentials Sponsors


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Find out how your organization can become a sponsor. See all IMS Sponsorship and Networking Opportunities.