PHAP Digital Badges

PHAP has partnered with Pearson Acclaim to provide you with digital badges to showcase your membership and certifications earned from PHAP. With PHAP’s new digital badges, you can share your PHAP membership and certifications with ease! The badging platform allows you to share your affiliation and achievement with colleagues, peers, employers, educational institutions, and others. 

PHAP issues membership badges for all PHAP members in good standing and badges for certifications earned through the PHAP Credentialing Program

What is a Digital Badge?

PHAP digital badges are your proof of membership or certification. With digital badges, you can easily showcase your achievements and capabilities on social media, emails, personal websites, and resumes. Digital badges protect the integrity of your credential by providing a link to verified data from PHAP that cannot be falsified. PHAP’s digital badges allow you to provide your peers and employers, as well as the crisis-affected people you serve, with easy, valid verification of your credentials, while positioning you at the forefront of this new technology for communicating professional commitment and skills.

Learn more about digital badges from our partner, Pearson Acclaim, or click here to download the Badge Earner's Guide.

What badges does PHAP issue?

PHAP membership
Issued for all members of the association in good standing.

PHAP Credentialing Program
Issued for all certificants who have achieved a passing score in the invigilated/proctored certification assessments, committed to abide by the PHAP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct in Humanitarian Action, and agreed to participate in the continuous education program or otherwise undertake a re-assessment after three years in order to maintain the certification. The following three certifications are currently available:

  • Understanding the Humanitarian Ecosystem
  • International Legal Frameworks for Humanitarian Action
  • Applying Humanitarian Principles in Practice

Read more about the PHAP Credentialing Program.

Can I display my digital badge on my CV/résumé, email signatures, and across social media?

Your ability to share your badge on social media sites, in your email signature, and on your CV/resume is one of the valuable features of a PHAP digital badge.

Share your badge on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and XING from the Acclaim platform.
Login to your Acclaim account on your mobile device and share your badge via Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger.
Share your badge in email signatures to allow for easy verification for peers, colleagues, and employers.
You can embed your badge on a website or include your badge URL in a CV/résumé.

Many members and certificants share their badges in the certifications section of their LinkedIn profile. Click here for instructions.

Can I get a printable PDF certificate?

The badges can also be downloaded as a printable certificate in PDF format, which includes the verification URL. Click here for instructions.

Why is badging better than self-assigning professional credential information on LinkedIn or adding it to an email signature? How does badging deter fraudulent claims of PHAP membership or certification?

​Representing your professional credential online as a digital badge through Acclaim is more secure and reliable than manually adding static credential information to LinkedIn or other online destinations because of the verification aspect. A badge can be easily verified, in real-time, through the Acclaim platform, which not only reveals the details of your achievement but also deters fraudulent claims of credential earning.

​Employers and clients can easily verify your credential. Once you share the badge over email or your preferred supported social media platform (such as LinkedIn), a viewer can verify its authenticity by clicking on the link that appears along with the badge. The viewer will be taken to the Acclaim platform where he/she can see the full details of your badge.

Who is Acclaim?

Acclaim is an independent initiative backed by Pearson, a leading global learning company. Its focal point is an enterprise-class badging platform built in compliance with Mozilla’s Open Badges standard to support the specialized needs of credential issuers, employers, and professionals. The Acclaim platform provides a secure means of storage, transport, and credential publishing that adds a layer of protection against those who may falsely claim high-stakes credentials.

Acclaim badges are only issued for certifiable achievements by credible organizations, including many other professional associations (such as the Association for Financial Professionals), credentialing bodies (such as the Human Resources Certification Institute), and major companies with certification programs (such as IBM, Oracle, Citrix, and Adobe).

What is meant by Open Badges?

Open Badges refer specifically to digital badges that adhere to an open standard for recognizing and validating learning. Open Badges are secure, web-enabled credentials that contain granular, verified information employers can use to evaluate an individual’s achievements. PHAP Digital Badges are Open Badges compliant and can be imported into other compliant platforms, ensuring compatibility with future initiatives in the humanitarian sector.

Is there a fee for the digital badge?

​No. Using Acclaim to store, manage, and broadcast your credentials is free for badge earners. Acclaim works with issuing organizations such as PHAP to offset any costs and to ensure you have a best-in-class platform.

Can I earn other credentials to display as a digital badge?

An increasing numbers of agencies, training organizations, and credentialing bodies are adopting the Open Badges standard. You can display badges in Acclaim from any other organization that partners with Acclaim to display their credentials as digital badges.

While Acclaim adheres to the Open Badges standard defined by Mozilla, they do not currently support the uploading of badges issued by other platforms. However, this is an enhancement they intend to make. If you have questions or other badges that you would like displayed on Acclaim, please contact Acclaim support directly.

PHAP is also currently working the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, CHS Alliance, and others to develop a system to bring together digital badges issued by different actors in the humanitarian sector.

What if I don’t want my credential to be public?

If you don’t want your membership or certification to be visible to the public, you can make the badge private. If you don’t want your profile to be visible to the public, you can make it private. If you don’t even want your certification or membership in the form of a digital badge, you can discard it. All information regarding you and your credentials can be configured within your Acclaim account.

​Acclaim and PHAP take the handling of personally identifiable information (PII) very seriously. That's why the storage and sharing of data through Acclaim is encrypted using industry best practices. And it's always up to you to decide where and when to share your badges so you maintain control over your online professional profile.

What’s to keep someone from copying my badge and using it?

While digital badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Acclaim platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a traditional paper-based credential or certificate.

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

If your question relates to the status of your PHAP membership, certification, or re-certification, please contact info@phap.org. If your question relates to any information on the Acclaim web site, please contact Acclaim support directly.

When will I get my badge?

PHAP will send you an e-mail notification. For more information, please contact info@phap.org.

What if I am no longer certified or have not recertified on a timely basis?

If your membership or certification(s) with PHAP expires, your digital badge will change to a “pending recertification” status. Once the grace period has passed, you will no longer be able to display a digital badge.