Credly is a well-known digital badge (credentialing) software loved by dozens — but it doesn’t come without flaws. Here is what you need to know about the best options to substitute it.
Do you need a short break from Credly for any reason whatsoever?
Then you’ve come to the right place — these Credly competitors give it a run for its money!
Credly is a well-known digital badge (credentialing) software loved by dozens — but it doesn’t come without flaws.
It is an enterprise-level service that might fail to meet the needs of “smaller” users. Besides, it’s almost impossible to know how it works or how much it costs — without pricing, free trial, or free plans in sight.
To make your quest for the perfect digital certificates and badges software easier, we have scoured a market for Credly alternatives that work better.
The best replacements needed to have the following features:
After testing the Credly alternatives that meet the criteria, we selected these as our top 3:
In this article, we will show you the side-by-side comparison for:
Stay tuned to learn more! 🔍👀
Let us introduce Virtualbadge.io as a first contender:
Virtualbadge.io is a flexible digital certificate and badge solution made with the following user categories in mind:
With participant management and precious data insights, these user groups will find it easy to create certificates and badges with Virtualbadge.io.
Online certificates are stored on European servers and are 100% GDPR compliant. They are safe and handy for all parties involved, with 24/7 verification availability.
In a word — easy. No tutorials or previous experience is required. Let’s take it for a spin together!
First, pick a template or select a background and build on top of it later.
To illustrate the ease of use, we opted for one of the backgrounds from the library. Certificate Designer reveals a streamlined, clutter-free editor with simple options:
Here you can still change your mind and upload your design.
Predefined Fields help with automation: enter the data all the participants share, and later on just drag and drop CSV, so the tool does the labor instead.
Preview will show what it looks like on desktop, mobile, and multiple social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Campaign Setup is the next step, with Email Editor, Social Sharing, and final Certificate Setup fields:
The final step is simply adding the recipients to your certificate - which you can easily do with a CSV upload, using Zapier connections or exploring their API.
Certificates and badges are an excellent way for their recipients to display their achievements and knowledge proudly — and with that attract new professional and academic opportunities.
They will bring you along as well!
Sharing badges on social media puts you in the spotlight as well, gets you authentic testimonials, and turns participants into your brand advocates in a natural, non-intrusive way.
There are ways to incentivize sharing as well:
Virtualbadge.io gathers data on users who share their badges on their social media — paying close attention to LinkedIn, the essential online professional hub.
Participants’ certificates and badges point to your company’s LinkedIn page; with LinkedIn integration, you can add the company’s LinkedIn ID while creating their certificates.
Virtualbadge.io is fast and agile.
We suppose you’re familiar with those “I need it done YESTERDAY!” situations and have built a tool that lets you get things done in the second-best moment: ASAP.
If you’re one of those people who regularly skip the instructions manuals and wing it, Virtualbadge.io is just the thing for you.
Template library ticks all the boxes with modern, professional certificate templates — but there’s room for improvement. With a built-in designer, you can easily tweak the elements or upload your perfect template and overcome this issue.
Virtualbadge.io enables instant sharing on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. For those networks, tracking works like clockwork.
However, it may be difficult to track the shares on other social media because Virtualbadge.io does not provide direct sharing links for recipients. They need to download their certificates first and then upload them manually on other social media profiles. These shares won’t count in the tool’s statistic panel.
There is something for everyone, with prices as scalable as plans:
And here’s what’s FREE:
CertifyMe helps educators, event marketers, and HRs with digital credential creation and management.
This digital certificate and badge platform relies on QR codes for recipient verification.
Additionally, CertifyMe certificates and badges help with brand recognition and spread awareness. Certificates are easy to share on social media and customizable so that users can include a branding banner and a CTA button.
Creating and awarding a credential with CertifyMe is a 3-step process:
A full page of different certificate previews shows the recipients’ point of view upon receiving the certificate.
Here’s one example of what it looks like:
You don’t belong to any organization or enterprise and only wish to test the tool with those first 50 free credentials as promised?
Not so fast:
Quite puzzling, considering that CertifyMe claims to provide a solution for trainers, teachers, event marketers, and HR professionals.
If you’re a solo player, we doubt that you’ll manage to sign up for free.
The tool itself has no ready templates available. You need to import templates from Canva or design them yourself and upload them from the computer.
CertifyMe has four pricing plans available:
Differences reside in the number of admin accounts, APIs, integrations, and white-labeling.
CertifyMe offers the first 50 credentials for free and has a “no-questions-asked” money-back policy within 11 days of purchase.
We decided to spice things up with an unlikely Credly competitor worth considering: Badgr.
Badgr is a digital credential platform focused on achievement recognition and tracking.
It is built to connect the achievements, displayed as badges, into one path that illustrates progress and branches.
This makes it ideal for organizations that put a strong emphasis on education and internal professional development:
Your (free) Badgr account will consist of three parts:
You can add badges from any Open Badges platform to the Backpack.
Skills-based education and hiring make Badgr stand out — it is their USP.
Connecting digital credentials and learning pathways with skills highly sought-out on the market clears the path to attractive job opportunities. Simply put: Badgr users look more educated and competent to employers.
Although Badgr has a lot of potential and a good idea behind it, it is way too complicated for an average user to figure out and make the best use out of it.
Between Backpacks, Pathways, and trying to decipher how to use them, it would take a fraction of time for the badge recipients to simply opt for something else.
The same goes for Issuers; not separating badge issuers from recipients only adds to the confusion.
And in the end — for other Credly competitors, tinkering with JSON (or any other) code isn’t a requirement.
Badgr covers highly specific users: with less focus on marketing and business side of digital certificate distribution, and more on internal career advancement and learning. This makes it better for educational purposes within academic institutions and companies where it matters.
Participants are unlikely to pay only for organizing the badges they have earned: it can be done with any other digital credential wallet. Unless the organization pays for their account, they probably won’t use it.
You can try Badgr for free and do quite a lot with a free plan, or get a quote from their team for Badgr Pro:
You can see for yourself: each of our plans comes with a week-long free trial, or you can contact us for a custom plan, made to fit, or any other questions you have. We’d love to hear from you!
Nov 20, 2021
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Custom fields behave like placeholders inside your digital certificates. The information displayed inside these fields is mapped by you, for each one of your recipients.
So here is the issue: If you are training the employees of a big company (in Sales, or in Leadership skills, for example), it can take some time until you have all the participant's info to issue their certificates. Here is a trick on how to speed up that process!