Frequently Asked Questions


How do I earn a UTSA Center for Global Development (CGD) digital credential?

The UTSA CGD digital credentials will be issued for certain training courses, events and other professional accomplishments that the department recognizes. The UTSA CGD will notify participants prior to a training or event, that participants have the ability to earn a digital credential.


How does my accomplishment get displayed as a digital credential?

The UTSA CGD has partnered with Credly to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a digital credential, issued and managed through the Credly platform. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.


Who is Credly?

Credly is the end-to-end solution for issuing and managing digital credentials. Credly works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.


How will I know if I’ve earned a digital credential?

You will receive an email notification from Credly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with instructions for accepting your digital credential and setting up your account.


What if I do not want my UTSA Center for Global Development (CGD) digital credential to be public?

You are in total control of how and when your UTSA CGD digital credential is shared. All information regarding you and your credentials can be configured within the profile you set up in the Credly website. If you do not want your UTSA CGD digital credential or your profile to be visible to the public, you can make them private. In fact, you may disregard the digital credential acceptance email if you do not wish to participate in the UTSA CGD digital credential program.


Is there a cost associated with claiming and displaying my UTSA Center for Global Development (CGD) digital credential?

Accepting, storing, managing and sharing UTSA CGD digital credentials is free for earners.


Do I have to accept my UTSA Center fo Global Development (CGD) digital credential?

You do not have to accept the digital credential, however digital credentials are becoming the standard for recognizing and publicizing professional development.


Where can I share my digital credential?

You can share your digital credential directly from Credly to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature. For information on how to share your digital credential please visit the Credly support page:


Can I obtain a paper certificate of my digital credential?

Yes, if you have earned a digital credential you can download a printable copy. To do so, go to your digital credential and at the top of the page select the blue “Share” button. From there you can select the print icon to download a printable copy. For a step by step video guide, please visit:


How will someone know my digital credential is authentic?

Your digital credential is linked to your profile on the Credly website. Each certificate and profile has a unique URL that will display your digital credential information if you choose to share it on a social network profile or website or in your email signature.


What’s to keep someone else from copying my digital credential and using it?

While digital credentials are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on Credly. 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.


How does Credly protect my information?

In order to accept your digital credential, you are required to share your name and email address with Credly, however you are in control of everything you share and make visible to other users. You can read more about Credly's privacy policy at