All Current ODS-Certified Cancer Registrars to Receive an ODS Digital Badge
NCRA is committed to providing cancer registrars with the latest tools to help showcase professional achievements and expertise. It is important to communicate and share accomplishments through methods that dovetail the current digital world. To that end, NCRA’s Council on Certification is offering all current credential holders the option to access an ODS digital badge. The ODS badge will help credential holders communicate the new credential name and its value. NCRA has partnered with Credly to provide the ODS digital badges. It is the leading platform to ensure digital badges are verified by a certified third-party, and accurately represent earned achievement and recognize the qualification process required to earn the ODS credential.
Benefits of Digital Badges
A digital badge is a paperless way to showcase professional achievements. Badges are versatile and are easily shared online in email signatures, digital resumes, social media profiles, and more. Benefits include being able to highlight professional expertise online using a simple, trusted method that can be verified in real-time. Digital badges provide employers and the marketplace with concrete evidence of your earned credential.
How to Access the ODS Digital Badge
Step 1: : On January 18, 2024, Credly will send an email notification (email@example.com) with instructions on how to claim the ODS digital badge. Make sure to check your spam/junk folders. (If you cannot find the Credly e-mail, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.)
Step 2: You will need to create an account with Credly; instructions on how to create that account will be in the Credly email.
Step 3: Once you have successfully created a Credly account, your ODS digital badge will automatically populate into your Credly account.
Step 4: You can then start sharing the ODS digital badge from the Credly platform, including posting the badge to your LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook profiles; email signature; website; and more.
Step 5: Make sure to watch the videos on how to Manage and Share your ODS Digital Badge and read the badge-specific FAQs below.
ODS Digital Badge Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a digital badge?
A: A digital badge is a paperless way to showcase professional achievements. Badges are versatile and are easily shared online in email signatures, digital resumes, social media profiles, and more. Benefits include being able to highlight your professional expertise online using a simple, trusted method that can be verified in real-time. Digital badges provide employers and the marketplace concrete evidence of your earned credential.
Q: Why is NCRA’s Council of Certification offering an ODS digital badge?
A: NCRA is committed to providing ODS-certified professionals with the latest tools to help showcase their professional achievement. It is important to communicate and share accomplishments through methods that dovetail the current digital world. To that end, the ODS badge will help credential holders communicate the new credential name and its value.
Q: What is Credly?
A: NCRA is partnering with Credly to provide the ODS digital badges. Credly is the leading platform to ensure digital badges are verified by a certified third-party, and accurately represent earned achievement and recognize the qualification process required to earn the ODS credential.
Q: How will I access my ODS digital badge?
A: On January 18, 2024, NCRA will email all current ODS-certified professionals with detailed information on how to access the ODS digital badge.
Q: How do I learn more about the ODS digital badge?
A: To prepare for the January 18 , 2024 launch of the ODS digital badge, watch the following videos from Credly to learn how to manage and share your badge.
How to Accept Your Digital Badge
How to Manage and Share Your Digital Credentials
Q: What if I do not want the ODS digital badge?
A: NCRA’s Council on Certification is offering the ODS digital badge as another tool to promote your credentialed status. If you do not want to use the digital badge, then you are not required to do so.
Q: What if I still want a paper certificate?
A: NCRA will continue to offer the option to download a certificate directly through the NCRA website. Login to NCRA’s website. Click on the “My Account” text in the top right of the webpage and click the “Manage My Account” button. Next, under “Account Actions” on the right‐hand side, click on “CE Cycle Certificate”. On the next screen, click the “Export to PDF” button to retrieve your personalized CE Cycle Validation certificate. Your CE Cycle Validation certificate will then appear on the screen. You can print, save, and/or download the print-quality PDF file.
Q: Is the ODS digital badge “renewed” after each CE Cycle?
A: ODS-certified cancer registrars who successfully recertify will have their digital badge updated within six weeks after their CE submission is approved.
Q: How do newly ODS-certified cancer registrars receive a digital badge?
A: All new ODS-certified cancer registrars will be issued their digital badge within eight weeks after receiving a passing exam result.
Q: How is this ODS digital badge different from NCRA’s knowledge-based badges?
A: NCRA has two badge programs. The ODS digital badge is offered through the Council on Certification. It confirms a cancer registrar’s ODS certification. The second is offered through NCRA’s Education Department. It is also managed on the Credly platform. Knowledge-based badges focus on a specific cancer registry topic for which participants earn CE credits and receive a digital badge after successful coursework completion. Learn more!
Q: How do I hyperlink my ODS digital badge image in my email signature?
A: Adding a hyperlinked badge image to your email signature is a great way to make sure your professional network is aware of your certification. Learn how.
Questions? E-mail email@example.com or call 703-299-6640 Ext: 312 or 315.
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Cancer registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S. The curated data provides essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. Learn more about how to become a cancer registrar and how cancer registry data is used to improve public health.
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