As a former IT buyer and hiring manager, I understand the challenges associated with hiring, developing and retaining talented people.

Never before has finding the right talent–people who are the right fit for a team–been so critical to the success of IT initiatives, and this is why the Citrix Education team is more focused than ever on developing the best talent ecosystem for our customers and partners.

Citrix Education continues to be a leader in the IT certification space, bringing to market new and innovative ways to measure relevant and in-demand skills, while connecting talents with opportunities and businesses with the talents they need. Our track record dates back to 2003 when we debuted one of the most innovative hands-on certification exams: the CCIA 612 lab exam. Today, we take another step forward by offering our certification holders with a new, in-demand and highly valuable service … for free.

I’m pleased to announce the official launch of the Citrix certification digital badging initiative, a project we piloted with success earlier this year.

What is a digital badge?

A digital badge is a digital representation that contains verified data, which describes the qualifications of the earner and the rigorous process required to attain the credential represented by the badge.

Badges are used to communicate achievements. Unlike certificates, a digital badge links to metadata that provides context and verification.

Essentially, a Citrix digital badge communicates three things to the general public:

  • Who achieved the Citrix certification?
  • What did that person do to attain certification?
  • Who said they met the requirements for certification?

Why digital badges?

Our view is simple. Talents and opportunities connect in online social settings more than ever. While paper certificates have been very useful, they don’t port over well to the Internet. We believe digital credentials provide four broad categories of opportunities:

  • For credential holders to promote their personal brand and distinguish themselves
  • For employers to easily identify the right talents
  • For Citrix customers to easily select the right Citrix partners to help them realize their investments in Citrix technologies
  • For us at Citrix to expand the visibility of our certification brand 

Our goal is to continue to invest in the success of the businesses that rely on IT professionals to implement and manage their Citrix solutions and the IT professionals who build their careers designing, implementing and maintaining Citrix solutions. 

I believe, providing certification holders with digital badges at no cost to them, so that they may share verified proof of their credentials wherever and whenever they choose, will help alleviate some of the challenges associated with communicating achievements in an ever-expanding online marketplace.

Beginning today, certification holders can use their Citrix digital badges to share and promote their Citrix credentials across varying online platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and their personal/professional websites and blogs. 

Who will receive these badges?

Individuals who attained the following Citrix certifications beginning in 2013 will receive digital badges:

  • Citrix Certified Expert – Virtualization (CCE – V)
  • Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization (CCP – V)
  • Citrix Certified Associate – Virtualization (CCA – V)
  • Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP – N)
  • Citrix Certified Associate – Networking (CCA – N)
  • Citrix Certified Professional – Mobility (CCP – M)

Individuals who attain the above-mentioned certifications going forward, and other new certifications to be announced in the future, will be issued digital badges, in addition to the certificates we issue today.

Watch out for your digital badge if you hold one of the aforementioned certifications. Please contact Acclaim at if you have any issues or if you do not receive your digital badge by mid September.

We hope you enjoy the additional convenience and professional recognition afforded by this new service.  Once you accept your digital badge on, make sure to join the conversation by sharing your badge on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook and use the hashtag #CitrixCertified!