IBM digital credentials are among the most valued within the industry for recognizing and authenticating the knowledge and skills necessary to remain relevant in today's constantly changing IT environment. In addition to digital badges issued for completion of essential learning activities, IBM's credential strategy also recognizes IBM Professional Certification and supplemental Knowledge Mastery achievements. Learn more about certification and mastery credentials available from the IBM Professional Certification Program.

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Badge Types

Knowledge Badge

Knowledge badges are associated with discipline-specific content and activities covering a broad range of topics at the concept and theory levels, with learning assessments for validating understanding of the subject matter.

Skill Badge

Skill badges are associated with hands-on application of concepts and theory (knowledge) demonstrated in a training environment or on the job, with learning assessments for validating effective application of the subject matter.

Proficiency Badge

Proficiency badges are associated with observable knowledge, skills, and other attributes confirming the badge earner's capacity to fully and effectively perform essential job functions. Proficiency badges are typically accompanied by formal assessment process, but may also be augmented through peer review and validation.

Other Badges

IBM issues other types of badges related to contribution, contest winners (e.g. hackathons), performance, membership, and many other programs for rewarding and recognizing clients, business partners, and IBM employees for their engagement and achievement.

Professional Certification Badge

The Certified badge is awarded to IT professionals who have successfully completed the requirements associated with selected solutions, selected advanced/expert certifications and to individuals who have made significant contribution to the development of IBM certification exams. Learn more about the IBM Professional Certification program.

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What is an IBM Open Badge?

Open Badge Program LogoIBM credentials are recognized, respected and valued globally in the IT industry, but communicating your credentials in today’s ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. IBM has established this opportunity so you may easily and quickly share verified proof of your achievement wherever and whenever you choose. Where applicable, your IBM credentials will be represented by a digital image that contains verified metadata describing your qualifications and the rigorous process necessary to earn them.


  • Combine your credentials to form a complete overview of your skills
  • Display your accomplishment in your e-mail signature
  • Display your qualifications on social and professional networking sites
  • Provide employers with easy, valid verification of your credentials