Skilled credentials are essential to the future of work.
Increasingly, U.S. workers are turning to skilled credentials as a way to enhance and demonstrate skills and work readiness. But can certifications, badges and apprenticeships stand in for traditional education and work experience when seeking a new job?
SHRM and SHRM Foundation conducted research to demonstrate the value and impact of nondegree credentials to identify skills and talents in the workforce and to delineate future work. This research was made possible by a grant from Walmart to the SHRM Foundation.
The Rise of Skilled Credentials in Hiring
Workers are gaining skills through skilled credentials.
Increase in unique credentials in the United States since 2018.
of U.S. workers agree having a skilled credential improves thier chance of being hired.
of U.S. workers say earning skilled credentials helped them progress in thier careers.
Skilled Credentials Are Valued According To:
Skilled Credentials Research Reports
Articles & Resources
Browse our library of resources to see what others are saying about skilled credentials and skills-based hiring.
We urge HR professionals and hiring managers to look to individuals with nondegreed credentials as viable candidates for hiring and promotion.
"Every day, businesses miss out on talented people because their gifts, aptitudes, and skills are not as easy to identify as a degree on a resume."
All Things Work Podcast
In this episode of All Things Work, Wendi Safstrom, president of the SHRM Foundation, joins host Tony Lee to discuss skilled credentials and their role in closing the skills gap.
Interviews with Industry Leaders on Skills-Based Hiring
SHRM Foundation partnered with WorkingNation to interview industry leaders on the value of skills-based hiring and credentials.
On the value of different skill sets
On assessing beyond the resume