Digital Badges

As you pursue new interests and grow in your career, there is always a need to build skills and knowledge. Earning a degree or certificate is one way to develop your proficiencies — but a formal program isn't always right for every person or situation.

That's why CSU offers online digital badges — to provide more flexible ways to learn and earn credentials.

Earn badges online from CSU

Certified Gardener Program

Based on the Colorado Master Gardener℠ curriculum, the CSU Extension Certified Gardener Program is your opportunity to learn essential gardening techniques, and become an authority for sharing your gardening know-how. Designed to be flexible and structured around your needs, this training allows you to earn digital badges by taking individual courses, groups of courses, or completing the full program.

Communication for Science and Engineering Professionals

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries require effective communication to progress and advance. Yet, communication in science differs from other areas of business in the use of highly technical language and complex scientific concepts. Courses are designed to improve communication skills for engineers and science professionals.

Creative Organizational Innovation

Discover how to leverage strategic thinking, creativity, and innovation to build thriving organizational cultures. This online digital badge program helps individuals at every level work on creating and implementing new ideas and projects that will carry organizations forward.

Crucial Business Management Skills for the 21st Century

Learn management skills to improve your personal brand, your influence, and your resilience in the modern workplace. Courses range in topics from personal management to team management, and challenge you to take what you learn into your daily work environment.

Developmental Disabilities Training Series

Expand your knowledge of common developmental disabilities in a flexible online program ideal for educators, school administrators, care providers, counselors, and parents.

Food Manufacturing Safety and Sanitation

Learn comprehensive, up-to-date food manufacturing safety and sanitation methods in this online, on-demand training series.

Foundations of 3D Printing

3D printing — also known as additive manufacturing — is revolutionizing the way we turn ideas into objects. In this online program, learn about the basic principles and processes involved with this technological advancement, and earn digital badges to demonstrate your knowledge.

Goodwill Industries of Denver's Essential Soft Skills for Employment Program

Develop the professional and people skills needed to help you get, and keep, a job. Take courses in areas including communication, teamwork, stress management, and conflict resolution, and earn digital badges to show employers you have what it takes to succeed in the workplace.

Introducing Feminist Frameworks

This online, two-course program provides personal and professional development opportunities for those interested in learning more about intersectional feminism and associated concepts. Going beyond what is typically covered in introductory trainings on gender, diversity, and inclusion, this program advances critical understandings of feminism, intersectionality, gender, and systems of oppression.

Land Stewardship

Learn to sustainably manage the soil, water, air, animals, and plants on your property. This online training program teaches you strategies to manage your land now and plan for the future.

Living Mindfully

Develop skills to bring greater awareness, purpose, and compassion into your life. Created by a medical anthropologist and certified integrative health coach, this program combines ancient wisdom and current scientific research to help you incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life.

NALP Professional Landscape Technician Training

Learn industry best practices and prepare to take the Landscape Industry Certified Technician examination with this online training program. Created in partnership between the National Association of Landscape Professionals and Colorado State University, this program covers material contained in the Landscape Training Manuals for Irrigation Technicians, Installation Technicians, and Maintenance Technicians. This program also meets the educational requirements of the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program.

Spanish for Animal Health and Care

Learn to communicate in Spanish about livestock, equine, and small animal breeds, give directions for animal care and handling, issue instructions for safety and drug administration, and more.

Understanding Climate Change

Learn more about the causes, effects, evidence, and scientific consensus surrounding climate change. Topics of study include the basics of climate change, climate change and the water cycle, impacts to agriculture, and more.

What is a digital badge?

A digital badge is a visual representation of skills or knowledge you have gained. You earn a digital badge each time you successfully complete one of a variety of our short online courses.

CSU's digital badge programs allow you to customize your education to meet your specific needs and interests. Take the courses you want to take, and build your own unique set of credentials.

Badges earned through CSU are organized in a hierarchy that you can build upon:

Trek Badges – Earn Trek Badges for each single course completed.

Quest Badges – Earn Quest Badges for completing either a single course or a group of courses, depending on the program.

Mastery Badge – Earn a Mastery Badge upon completion of all courses within a program.

How can CSU's digital badges be used?

Once you earn them, you can share your digital badges among your professional and personal network. Display them on your resume, online portfolio, website, and social media pages.

The badges you display in digital locations are clickable. This allows others to see details about what you learned, and that your credentials were earned from CSU. Think of this as an alternative to transcripts.

Who can earn digital badges online?

Anyone can earn digital badges. They are not for academic credit, and do not require you to complete prerequisites or apply to the University. Simply enroll in a course, learn new skills, and immediately share them to demonstrate what you have learned.

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