Digital credentials FAQs

In today's digital world, communicating and verifying your credentials has never been more important. That is why we are providing digital badges to support our Professional Registers and prove professional status.

You can use these badges in email signatures, digital CVs, across social media and personal websites. The digital image contains verified metadata that will display your Professional Registration status and provide the viewer with an understanding of the criteria required to achieve it.


Representing your Professional Registration status as a badge gives you a way to share your achievements online in a simple, trusted way and can be easily verified in real time. Digital badges provide employers and peers visibility of your achievements in environmental health based on your experience and qualifications.

While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Open Badges platform. This link to verified data eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential, making them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate.

You can share your badge directly from the Open Badges platform to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, over email, or embedded in a website or your email signature.

Adding your digital credential badge to your email signature

The exact process for this will vary depending on your email client. You may need to search online for the exact steps specific for you, but the below provides an overview of where you can find the necessary elements within your awarded digital credential.

To add your badge to your email signature please follow the link in your CIEH digital credentials award email 'To view and share your badge click here'.

Once viewing your badge online, right-click on the badge image and select 'Copy image':
Open Badges platform - copy image

This can then be pasted and resized appropriately within the signature setup section of your preferred email client.

To enable people to click through to the online badge it is necessary to hyperlink to the badge - the URL for this can be found by clicking on 'Share URL' and selecting then copying the text displayed beneath.
Open Badges platform - copy link

In your email client select the badge image previously pasted into your signature and hyperlink it using the link you've copied (the process for this will vary according to the email client you use).

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.

Yes, you can import badges from any other platform so long as they follow the Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI).

You can find answers to frequently asked questions on the Open Badges help pages.

Joining our Professional Registers includes the provision of digital accreditation (e-badges) to demonstrate your achievements with us, and the associated processing will form part of your contract with us.

When issuing digital credentials, CIEH will transfer your name, email, membership grade and professional registration status to the Open Badges platform based in Ireland for the purposes of providing digital accreditation. Following cessation of membership, you may opt-out of this processing at any time. For more information, please refer to our privacy policy.

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