Digital badges for humanitarians FAQs

A digital badge is an indicator of achievement, like a certificate, that can be displayed, accessed, and verified online. HPass uses digital badges to enable humanitarians to build up evidence of their experience and expertise.

Digital badges can be used to demonstrate your competencies, skills and experience to employers and colleagues. You can build up a portfolio of humanitarian badges on myHPass, for example covering topics such as monitoring and evaluation, international humanitarian law, humanitarian innovation, and coaching and mentoring. Some badges demonstrate that you have completed a course, others that you have undergone a rigorous assessment, or completed a certain amount of practical experience. The badge ‘metadata’ (visible when you click on a badge), will tell the viewer exactly what you have done to earn it.

You can earn badges from a variety of different issuers and display them all as part of one myHPass profile.

You can store and display badges via a myHPass profile. You can also share them via social media, or include a link to your myHPass profile on your resumé.

Anyone can earn a digital badge and display it on myHPass. The site is dedicated to badges related to humanitarian action, so is most suitable for staff and volunteers involved in humanitarian action or those seeking to be involved in future.

Several humanitarian employers are currently creating digital badges to issue to their staff and volunteers in recognition of their achievements. Your employer may issue digital badges as part of their learning and development offer.
You could also start by earning badges through the following channels:


Kaya (a platform dedicated to humanitarian learning): Search digital badges to find out which courses enable you to earn a badge issued to HPass
Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance & Protection (PHAP): This organisation offers a range of credentials, which enable you to earn a badge issued to HPass.


Once you have earned your first digital badge, you will be prompted to set up a myHPass profile. However, you can also set up a myHPass profile before earning your first badge.
It is free to set up a myHPass profile. Most organisations also enable you to earn their digital badges for free.

When you earn your first badge, you will receive an email prompting you to claim your badge and set up a myHPass account. You will then be able to add further badges to the same myHPass profile.

You can also set up a myHPass account before earning your first badge, by visiting this link: https://my.hpass.org/app/user/login

Once you have completed the requirements to earn a digital badge (for example by completing an e-learning course which offers a badge), you will receive an email prompting you to claim your badge. Follow the instructions in the email to accept your badge and display it on a myHPass profile.

Your myHPass account has controls for you to make your badge public and share it on myHPass and in social media. You can also create Pages on myHPass to display your badges with other material, such as your résumé. You can also edit a professional page on myHPass called My Profile and share that with others.

Yes, you can upload badges to myHPass that come from other systems that support the Open Badge standard such as Open Badge Passport, Credly and Badgr. Download your badge from the other system and upload the badge to myHPass. (Go to Badges > Manage > Upload)

Your myHPass account has controls for you to make your badge public and share it on myHPass and in social media. You can also create Pages on myHPass to display your badges with other material, such as your résumé. You can also edit a professional page on myHPass called My Profile and share that with others.

Find out more by emailing info@hpass.org, or download the digital badging infographic here.