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About Badge Nation Membership

Here we break down our membership packages, what’s involved in joining, and the journey to writing and issuing your very own digital badges. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to check out our Prospectus, FAQs, or get in touch with our friendly team!

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Membership Package: Get Badging

Get Badging:
Annual – £200 +VAT (£240 inc.)

Get Badging is a super affordable way for any organisation that wants to give badges a try to get a small badge offer up and running in their first year. This package works best for organisations that work directly with the individuals they wish to issue badges to, and can process the names and email addresses of earners easily.

12 months of Get Badging includes:

  • Access to write up to 6 badge templates. Each template includes visual design, quality assurance and publishing to Credly by the Badge Nation team.
  • Issue your badges to 500 earners.
  • Collection Manager access to the Badge Nation issuing licence on Credly for three individuals.
  • Access to the Badge Nation Members Area of supporting resources for unlimited individuals from your organisation.
  • Personalised support to understand how best to use digital badges in your context and create your own collection.
  • Support to introduce, issue and promote your badges to the people you work with.

Bundles:
For organisations that need more flexibility but aren’t ready to Badge Bigger, increase the number of earners you can issue to or badges you can write with our Bundles – simply add the cost of your desired bundles to your annual Membership package.

Earner Bundle –
Issue to more earners with your Get Badging package.
+500 Earner Bundle: £250 +VAT

Badge Bundles –
Add visuals design, quality assurance and publishing of additional badge templates to your Get Badging package.
+5 Badge Bundle:  £125 +VAT (£150 inc.)
+10 Badge Bundle: £250 +VAT (£300 inc.)
+ 20 Badge Bundle £500 +VAT (£600 inc.)

Membership Package: Badge Bigger

Badge Bigger:
Annual – £1,000 +VAT (£1,200 inc.)

Badge Bigger is perfect for larger organisations that want to implement a digital badge offer on a wider scale, across multiple departments, locations, or target audiences.

12 months of Badge Bigger includes:

  • Access to write an unlimited number of badge templates. Each template includes visual design, quality assurance and publishing to Credly by the Badge Nation team.
  • Issue your badges to 3000 earners.
  • Collection Manager access to the Badge Nation issuing licence on Credly for unlimited individuals from your organisation.
  • Access to the Badge Nation Members Area of supporting resources for unlimited individuals from your organisation.
  • Personalised support to understand how best to use digital badges in your context and create your own collection.
  • Support to introduce, issue and promote your badges to the people you work with.
Membership Package: Super Issuer

Super Issuer:
Year 1 – £7,500 +VAT (£9,000 inc.)
Year 2 onwards – £1,500 +VAT (£1,800 inc.) per year

The Super Issuer package enables you to take digital badges and mobilise large numbers of people and organisations to use badges throughout a place, community, or sector. Super Issuers can gift Badge Nation membership to other organisations, and can issue badges on behalf of employers, individuals, or small organisations they work closely with but who might not want their own Badge Nation membership.

Super Issuer package includes:

  • Bespoke support to identify your needs as a Super Issuer and implement any required systems and processes to integrate with those of Badge Nation.
  • Access to write and issue an unlimited number of badges for your organisation.
  • Collection Manager access to the Badge Nation issuing licence on Credly for an unlimited number of individuals from your organisation.
  • Training and support to write, issue and quality assure badges on behalf of an unlimited number of organisations.
  • Access to analytics from your issuing and the issuing of your identified strategic partners.
  • Award one year of Get Badging to up to 10 strategic partner organisations.
  • Access to relevant national Communities of Practice.
How Does Membership Work?

For Get Badging and Badge Bigger members, the route to get going on your badging journey will look like this:

The sections below will take you through these steps in more detail.

Learn About Badges and Join Badge Nation

We find the best way to start your badging journey is to get stuck in with a Badge Writing workshop – we run free workshops regularly, with no obligation to join Badge Nation if it isn’t for you.

During this workshop you will learn about the ingredients that make up a badge, the Cities of Learning Badge Standard, and how to best reflect your organisation’s activity. You will leave the workshop with the makings of your first badge, you might even finish writing it!

Book a workshop

This is also a good time to consider what badges you would like to write and how implementing a digital badge offer might work in your organisation. You can download our Badge Planning document for free to support you with this.

Start a badge plan

Don’t forget to consider how personal data works when issuing digital badges via Credly. Read our ‘Earner Personal Data and Consent to Issue Badges Via Credly’ document.

Read about personal data

When you are ready to join, your organisation will complete a Membership Agreement. This agreement will explain the terms of your membership, asking for some details about your organisation and the people who will be responsible for issuing your badges.

This agreement is an online form which, once complete, will provide you with information on next steps and an invitation to join our Members Area. At this stage, we will feature your organisation in our community of issuers.

Complete your Membership Agreement

Once you have joined the community you can access the Members Area – our resource hub with all sorts of helpful documents and links to make your membership really easy. Help to write and issue badges, how-to videos, promotional materials to use when sharing your badging journey with your networks, you’ll find it all here.

Write A Badge

You may have already made a start on your first badge but if you haven’t, now is the time.

Using what you’ve learned in the workshop and supported by information in the Members Area, write a badge by completing a template containing details such as title, earning criteria, skills, and links to your activity. You can find a link to provide us this required information in the Members Area.

Quality Assurance and Publishing

Once you have submitted your badge in ‘final draft’ we will start the Quality Assurance process. The Badge Nation team will QA each new submission, checking for general spelling, readability and conventions, proper use of skills tags, and mapping to the Cities of Learning Badging Standard. We will also check if your badge passes ‘The Stranger Test’ – whether it is easily understood by someone that is unfamiliar with your organisation or the activities described in your badge.

We may get in touch with you at this stage to discuss any suggested modifications or required clarifications as part of your personalised support.

When everything is good to go, we will publish the badge to Credly – the badge issuing platform – live and available for you to issue to your earners.

If this is your first badge, this is also when we will add your organisation and individuals that have been specified as Collection Managers as per your Membership Agreement, granting them access to Credly and allowing them to issue badges and access analytics.

Issue Your Badges and Engage with Earners

It’s over to you!

When we add your specified people as Collection Managers, they will receive an invitation from Credly.com with further instructions.

Credly is the platform where you will be uploading your earner information for them to be notified that they have been issued with a badge. To get going, we provide a short Collection Manager Training video to help you navigate the platform and take you through the issuing process step-by-step. We recommend familiarising yourself with this before you have a go at issuing badges to your earners.

Once you have successfully issued your badges, Credly will send an email notification to earners with some simple instructions on how to create an account and claim their badge.

This is a great chance to engage with your earners and provide support around their badges, such as sharing these how-to videos for claiming their first badge and adding their badges to LinkedIn – we have email templates ready for you to use in the Members Area.

Rinse and Repeat!

Now that you’ve issued badges for the first time, you’re ready to write and issue more:

Write the badge > Submit for quality assurance > We quality assure & publish > You issue and engage with earners.

Our friendly team is here to support you throughout the process, and we are always on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about membership, badge writing, ways to implement in your organisation and more.