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The IIA's new Certifications social media badges.

Certifications and Qualifications Social Media

The IIA has created pages on social media networks to allow audit professionals to connect and receive the latest industry news. In addition to The IIA’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages, LinkedIn discussion groups have been created for certification-holders as a way to engage with peers on the certification process and to connect with industry-specific information. The following discussion groups are available for audit professionals:

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA)

Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA)

Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP)

Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA)

The social badge of a Certified Internal Auditor.Social Open Badging — Now Available

Holders of IIA credentials can also tell their professional story on popular social and professional networking sites, personal websites, or in emails with web-enabled credentials. The IIA is using the Acclaim system to represent your credentials as badges, so you can more effectively manage your IIA credential portfolio online. Backed by Pearson, the world’s largest education company, this new standard for communicating learning achievements provides:

  • a web-enabled version of your credential(s)
  • a place to manage your badge(s)
  • an overview of the skills required for the credential(s)
  • a secure means of storing and publishing your credential(s)
  • a way for employers to verify your credential(s)

What Users Are Saying About Social Badging

We asked our certified members how they feel social badging has helped them professionally. Here’s what they had to say:

“Social Badging increased attention for my certifications from colleagues. In addition, it distinguishes false holders of certifications on the internet from real and true holders of certifications. That is very important."

"It really improves credibility. Thank-you!"

"Social Badging influenced another colleague to start working for his CIA certification."

"I have received so many positive comments about the badge when posted on LinkedIn. Others wish their organization had a badge!"

Join your peers and share your badge of honor!

Privacy Statement

The Global Certifications department at IIA HQ takes the security of your personally identifiable information (PII) very seriously. The IIA partnered with Acclaim, which is owned by our certification exam administrator Pearson VUE, to deliver this dynamic program to you. Pearson VUE is already a trusted business partner and meets our data safe guard requirements as an organization that is PCI compliant, and undergoes rigorous review of Pearson VUE’s SSAE16 report annually by our own internal auditor.

The IIA and Acclaim have privacy policies that govern how both organizations use information and who we are and are not able to share it with. You can access The IIA’s privacy policy by clicking here, and Acclaim’s privacy policy by clicking here.

For more information on Acclaim’s Open Badging, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). You may also download "A Badge Earner's Guide to Acclaim."

Open Badging FAQ
  •   What is an Open Badge?

    ​A badge is a representation of an outcome or achievement. Badges are often used in contexts like scouting, gaming, social sites, and rankings or authority. Open Badges refer specifically to badges that adhere to an open standard being led by Mozilla 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 potential.

  •   How does my credential get displayed as a badge?

    ​The IIA has partnered with the Acclaim’s platform to translate the Iearning outcomes or experiences into a digital badge based on the Open Badges standard defined by Mozilla. That means you are now able to accept, manage, and share your credential as a digital asset.

  •   How is displaying my credential as a badge useful?

    Representing your credentials as badges gives you the ability to broadcast your skills and tell your professional story online with single-click access to validated credential information. Many employers are learning about Open Badges, so curating an online portfolio of your credentials will place you at the forefront of what will become a convenient currency for communicating professional skills.

  •   Who is Acclaim?

    Acclaim is a product of Pearson, the world's leading learning company. Its focal point is an enterprise-class badging platform based on Mozilla's Open Badges standards 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 certifications or credentials.
    Acclaim is dedicated to growing a trusted and secure ecosystem around digital credentials to help education providers, high-stakes credentialing organizations, learners, and employers unlock the potential of badges.

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

    ​If you don't want your credential to be visible to the public, you can make it 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 a credential in the form of a badge, you can discard it. All information regarding you and your credentials can be configured within your Acclaim account.

  •   Is there a fee for using Acclaim?

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

  •   How can I earn other badges to display on Acclaim?

    ​Acclaim works directly with credentialing issuers to display their credentials as badges.

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

    ​While 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.

  •   Can I include badges on my resume or Linkedln profile?

    ​ Yes. Every credential and profile on Acclaim has a unique URL that can be embedded on a resume or website. Acclaim also offers seamless integration with several popular social and professional networking platforms for the display of credentials as badges.

  •   Can my Acclaim profile include credentials I've earned from other institutions?

    ​Any credential that is valued by employers or helps you tell your professional story is welcome on Acclaim. Currently we work directly with credentialing providers in order to accommodate this, but will expand our offerings over time.

  •   Can my Acclaim profile include other badges I've earned?

    ​While Acclaim adheres to the Open Standard defined by Mozilla, we do not currently support the uploading of badges issued by other platforms. However, this is an enhancement we intend to make to our platform.

  •   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 IIA 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.

  •   How is a candidate’s personally identifiable information kept secure?

    ​Acclaim and The IIA 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.

  •   How exactly does verification occur?

    ​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.