Command and Staff Program Badge

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The Command and Staff Certification Badge is provided to the following graduates. The badge includes ACE College Transfer Credit Recommendation for graduate degree category, 6 semester hours in sociology, leadership, or organizational behavior.

    • The Graduates of the Command & Staff Leadership Program of the National Command and Staff College.
    • The Graduates of the NTOA Command College program which included the Command and Staff Program as it’s core learning component for the Tactical, Operational, and Strategic Leadership course work.

Digital badges are dynamic, 21st century credentials that tell your whole certification and education story.  Because digital badges allow employers and universities to easily see the full picture of your accomplishments, including verifiable skills and achievements, they’re becoming the new standard in training and certification.

What is a Badge?

We are committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals and we understand that communicating your educational and developmental credentials through the National Command and Staff College and the National Tactical Officers Association in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. That is why we have partnered with the American Council on Education and the Credly’s platform to provide you with a digital version of your educational credentials to universities and employers. They are like a “Pin” or a “Badge” you wear on your uniform representing your achievements.  The digital badge contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them as reviewed and approved by the American Council on Education. The badge can be used to request official transcripts to universities and/or employers. The badge can also be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.



Q: What is an open badge?

A: Open badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome which can be verified in real-time, online.

Q: How does my certification get displayed as a badge?

A: We have partnered with Credly to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated and evaluated by the American Council on Education into a badge, issued and managed through the company’s Acclaim Platform. The technology Credly uses on its Acclaim Platform is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.

Q: What are the benefits of a badge?

A: Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide universities, employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of.  The Platform also offers labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through the Acclaim Platform.

Q: Who is Credly?

A: Credly is the end-to-end solution for issuing and managing digital credentials. Credly works with credible and/or ACE approved organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.

Q: How will I know if I’ve earned a badge?

A: You will receive an email notification from the Acclaim Platform from with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

Q: What if I don’t want my badge to be public?

A: You can easily configure your privacy settings in the Acclaim Platform. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

Q: Is there a fee to use Credly’s Acclaim Platform?

A: No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost through our college.

Q: What’s to keep someone else from copying my badge and using it?

A: While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on Credly’s Acclaim Platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

Q: Where and how can I share my badge?

A: You can share your badge directly from the Platform to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature.

Q: What are labor market insights and how can I access them through the Platform?

A: Labor market insights are pulled from live job requisitions. Based on your skills you can learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges and more. Search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through the Platform. Access the labor market insights from your badge details page by clicking on Related Jobs, or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge.

Q: Can I export badges issued through the Platform to other badge-storing platforms?

A: Yes, you can download your badge from the Share Badge page. Your downloaded badge contains Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) compliant metadata embedded into the image. This allows you to store your badge on other OBI-compliant badge sites, such as the Mozilla backpack.  

Q: Can I import badges issued from other platforms into Credly’s Acclaim Platform?

A: Not at this time because we our policies do not allow uploads from 3rd party service providers yet.