Professionals often have to verify their proficiency in a technology, language, or skill; we will refer to the presentation and validation of this proficiency as a “badge”. Visually speaking, a badge could be a background image with overlaying content about the proficiency and perhaps a link to a third-party verification.
A professional website currently promotes the presentation functionality of “badges”. The use of skills is already tightly woven into the framework of a professional website, along with particular IT skills, languages, and certifications – much of the content and linkages related to a “badge” are already in place. However, the validation integration has not been developed yet.
Consider the following two situations, where a professional wants to present a “badge” on their professional website.
First, a business analyst who has two years experience using MS Excel and feels competent with its usage. It is easy to self-validate and say he is an expert in using MS Excel. However, the only way to get a true, standardized validation would be through a third-party organization – where they could confirm he passed a test or completed a course. A badge would have the functionality where he could present his proficiency in MS Excel and have it validated by a third-party.
Second, a financial analyst who is required to get a particular license to sell certain equities. He took a class and passed a test to get the license. A badge would allow for him to present the license and have it validated by the organization that gave the test.
TheProfessionalWebsite provides a service that presents “badges” for proficiecy in specific areas, and is planning the development for a third-party validation process.