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Digital Credentialing FAQ

What is a digital credential?

Digital credentials are web-enabled versions of a credential which can be verified in real-time, online. The digital credential badge looks like an image but is hyperlinked to metadata about your credential and verification capabilities tied directly to CDR’s database.

Video: What are Digital Credentials?


How does my credential get displayed digitally?

We have partnered with Credly to translate the RD and RDN or DTR and NDTR credential you’ve earned into a digital credential, issued, and managed through the company’s digital credentialing platform. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.


Why did CDR adopt digital credentialing?

Digital badges further CDR’s goals of protecting, promoting, and increasing awareness of the RD and RDN and DTR and NDTR credentials. They are secure, easily verifiable, sharable on social media, and easy to manage. Your credential can now be at your fingertips. Meta-data attached to your digital credential can inform potential employers of your skill sets and experience. 


What are the benefits of digital credentialing?

Representing your skills as a digital credential gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and your current capabilities. Credly also offers labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities through Credly.


Who is Credly?

Credly is an organization who works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.  Credly hosts the largest and most-connected digital credential network with over 40 million credentials earned and managed on their platform. Credly does not pay or provide any incentives to CDR.

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Are digital credentials secure?

While digital credentials are digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on Credly. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based card or certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

Credly does not share your personal data with any third parties without your consent. For more information on Credly’s data security and privacy policies, visit:


What if I do not want my digital credential to be public?

You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You are in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public. For more information on managing your profile and credential badge privacy settings, please read Credly’s instructions here:


When and how will my digital credential be issued?

When you pay your registration maintenance fee, you will receive an email notification from Credly ( with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account. You will receive this email within 48 hours.


When does my digital credential expire?

The expiration date on your digital credential will be the same as was represented when you received a paper card (August 31st of every year). Paper cards are not longer mailed. If you have made a five-year payment, the expiration date will be August 31st of the year you are paid through. If you continue to make your payments, your digital badge will be re-issued every year on August 31st.


How do I include my digital credential on my social media platforms?

You can share your digital credential directly from Credly to LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature. To do so, use the “Share” button on your Credly credential dashboard and then choose where you would like to share your credential (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, via email, etc.)

Video: How Do I Manage and Share My Digital Credential


How can I print a verification from Credly’s website?

You can pull a printable verification certificate directly from your Credly dashboard using the print icon. Your Credly certificate includes a QR code which links your employer directly back to a real time verification of your registration.


Who should I contact if there are issues with my digital credential?

You can find answers to frequently asked questions here: If you have questions about your badge expiration or issuance, email


Is accepting your digital credential badge mandatory?

Accepting your digital credential badge is not mandatory, but it is encouraged. Your digital badge allows you to easily share, verify, and promote your credential. Please view our video on the Top 5 Things to Know About your Digital Credential for more information on the benefits available to you. You may still verify your credential on the CDR website by downloading your pdf card from your myCDR page or using the online credential verification search. The CDR Online Credential Verification Search is a primary source verification that qualifies as a credentials verification organization (CVO) for verifying care provider credentials.

If you do not accept your digital credential badge, you may always do so later by creating an account on Credly’s website.





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