Montana Validated Credentials provides digital badging and credentialing services for employers, colleges, non-profits, training providers and industry associations. Digital credentials provide verification of the skills and competencies gained from varied learning experiences.

Montana Validated Credentials is a program of Accelerate Montana,
a leader in workforce training and economic development.


Verifiable and portable digital records that acknowledge completion of a training, course, or other activity.
Comprised of detailed metadata about the achievement and earning criteria.
Demonstrations of attainment of specific knowledge, skills, competencies, licensure, etc.
The foundation of a system of skills-based hiring.

Benefits of Digital Credentials


Badge Earner

Digital credentials allow you to share your professional skills, abilities and experience.




Earning credentials enables career growth or career pivots.


Portable credentials highlight skills and expand professional networks.

Collect and showcase badges from different sources.


Receive instant recognition which motivates continuous learning.



Badge Issuer

Recognize achievements with verifiable digital credentials rich in skills data.




Teach competencies to bridge skill gaps and create in-demand workforce credentials.


Credentials are information-rich, with embedded descriptive metadata that links back to the issuer, the earning criteria and verifying evidence.

Optimize programs to meet needs by analyzing both learner data and regional workforce trends.


Use validated skills-based training to improve both recruitment and retention.




Co-develop curriculum for badge pathways and offer interviews to earners.


Validation provides trusted “seal of approval” and reduces HR time.

Hiring at the level of skills allows for easier matching of job to job-seeker.


Motivate employees to drive their professional development for improved satisfaction, productivity, and retention.

Who is working with Montana Validated Credentials?


Job Site Ready (JSR) partners with Montana's employers, two-year and tribal colleges to equip participants with the essential skills required to start an entry-level job in the construction trades through 30 hours of online coursework and 15-hours of onsite, hands-on learning. "For me, Job Site Ready was an interesting balance between the classroom and workplace. I am confident that I will be able to apply the knowledge and training I have received directly to the job site and in building a career!" -Ross, Helena College JSR badge earner




Developed by working Salesforce professionals at ATG Cognizant, the Salesforce Administrator ten-week program prepares trainees with a foundation of core business essentials and the skills to pass the Salesforce Certified Administrator Exam. This microcredential validates an earner has the skills and knowledge to hit the ground running in an entry level position. "The Accelerate MT Salesforce Administrator course, along with the incredibly helpful instructors, taught me the foundational skills to effectively use the Salesforce platform and transferable skills for other workflow automation tools as well. This training played a pivotal role in my career transition and professional growth." Hope Scott, Salesforce Administrator microcredential earner



Matt Schmidt, Vice President/Principal of DCI Engineers, Missoula, MT requested specialized training for a cohort of new and experienced employees in Revit/BIM Essentials and a digital credential to validate they completed a nationally accredited 20-week, 185-clock hour program in Blueprint Reading, Revit and Building Information Modeling (BIM). “DCI has partnered with Accelerate Montana to see the program become a reality, not only for the technical leg-up this provides new staff, but for what we see this program becoming – a new educational pathway for technical staff coming into the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry as a whole.”


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Glacier Country Tourism offered a workshop on Customer Service and Conflict Management to regional tourism professionals, with assessment that measured a participant’s ability to identity types of conflict and individual conflict styles, approaches to managing conflict, and strategies to prevent future conflicts. This credential expires after a year to encourage annual re-verification.


Denman Construction, Whitefish, MT faces a competitive labor market and a need to train new employees.  Adam Shilling, Director of Apprenticeships and Trainings, recognized the validated skills gained from Job Site Ready (JSR) and now hires JSR badge earners: “We have been able to streamline our previous training classes utilizing the Job Site Ready microcredential program. This cut down the time we had to do in-class learning as our apprentices completed work through online modules that also included great accompanying video content. At Denman Construction we see JSR as an excellent starting point.”


Accelerate Montana developed a five-hour online Project Management Primer to provide a practical orientation to project management. This course builds a shared understanding of PM elements, terms, and basic methods as participants frame their own project, and test and assess their approaches. Course can be paired with optional in-person training to meet specific employer needs.


Shawna Kimerly earned a digital badge for successfully completing the Media Training Center’s Production Assistant course which prepared her with skills and a practical orientation on how to work on a film set and obtain an entry-level job working on a professional film crew. “My experience taking the class was wonderful. I have used my knowledge from the Production Assistant class for every film I have been apart of.” Since completing training Shawna has worked on productions including 1923, the NBA All Stars, Catfish MTV, PBS’s Wild Hope, and several Netflix documentaries.


Experiential Learning and Career Services (ELCS) at the University of Montana developed a year-long career readiness program for students working on campus focusing on a broad range of essential professional skills. Five badged modules covering communication, critical thinking, teamwork, workplace excellence and career and personal development culminate in the Griz Career Skills Certified microcredential.


of employers believe skills-based hiring is more predictive of on-job success than resumes


of employers believe employees hired via skills-based hiring stay longer in their roles


of U.S. recruiters believe that credentials will be important in their company’s consideration of whether to hire someone over a candidate without credentials.

Sources: The State of Skills-Based Hiring 2023, Test Gorilla & Elucian: Credential Clout

Download a one page fact sheet about Montana Validated Credentials.

Digital Badging and Credential Services for: 

  • Employers
  • Industry Associations
  • Colleges
  • Training Providers
  • and Non-Profits
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