About Credly

To create a world where every person can achieve their full potential based on their verified skills, Credly helps organizations make better decisions based on trusted information about what people know and can do. Credly is a Pearson business.

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The Credly Story

Credly was founded to help people connect their verified abilities to opportunities. And, we strive to bring equity and access to every member of the current and future workforce. After leading the transformation in how people learn and connect online, our team turned its sights on bringing innovation to the outputs of meaningful learning experiences: the credential itself.


In 2018, Credly acquired the Acclaim credential business from Pearson and became the most comprehensive global solution for recognizing skills, capabilities, and achievements. Pearson invested in Credly’s growth and in 2022, acquired Credly to provide powerful solutions in the global workforce learning and talent market.


Credly is leading the digital credential movement, making talent more visible and opportunity more accessible.

Driving Digital Credentialing Forward

Credly works with leading organizations that share our focus on unleashing the potential of the workforce with digital credentials.

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Credly Timeline

Founded by Jonathan Finkelstein

2012

2013

 First to issue Open Badge compliant digital credentials

Investment by Lumina Foundation, City & Guilds Group and others

2016

2018

  • Acquired Acclaim, forming the largest digital credential network
  • Received Brandon Hall Award for Leadership in Recognition Technology

  • Received RSA Future of Work Award
  • Issued badge #25,000,000
  • Named in Crunchbase's Top 50 hottest tech companies

2019

2020

  • Issued badge #35,000,000
  • Introduced Credly Workforce

2022

  • Issued badge #50,000,000
  • Credly combined with Pearson to create a powerful solution in the global workforce learning and talent market.

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