Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Badge and a Certificate?

A Badge is a digital indicator of skills and knowledge achieved. Metadata within the badge provides verification and added recognition. A Certificate is a document indicating status of qualifications or knowledge achieved.

What is a Badge?

A Badge is a digital indicator of skills and knowledge achieved. Metadata within the badge provides verification and added recognition.

What is a Certificate?

A Certificate is a document indicating status of qualifications or knowledge achieved.

Do I have to create any accounts to get a Badge?

Yes, please refer to the chart below for reference. If you do not have an account created already, you can click on the appropriate link in the chart below to make one. When creating your account(s), please make sure to use your CSUF university assigned email address.

Company Types of Badges Offered Accounts Needed Exam Types Exam Fees Badge Claim
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Flash Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
Certiport
(in-person)
TBA TBA
Microsoft Analytics, Network, Security, Cloud, Software, Web Applications, Azure Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
Certiport
(in-person)
TBA TBA
IBM Analytics, Cloud, Commerce, Mobile, Security, Systems Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
IBM
(online)
Free  Acclaim Opens in new window
Cognitive Class Data Science and Cognitive Computing Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
Cognitive Class
(online)
Free  Acclaim Opens in new window
Apple iPad, Mac, Swift Playgrounds Apple Opens in new window Apple
(online)
Free Apple Opens in new window

Do I have to take an exam to get a Badge?

Yes, please refer to the chart below for reference. 

Company Types of Badges Offered Accounts Needed Exam Types Exam Fees Badge Claim
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Flash Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
Certiport
(in-person)
TBA TBA
Microsoft Analytics, Network, Security, Cloud, Software, Web Applications, Azure Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
Certiport
(in-person)
TBA TBA
IBM Analytics, Cloud, Commerce, Mobile, Security, Systems Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
 
IBM
(online)
Free  Acclaim Opens in new window
Cognitive Class Data Science and Cognitive Computing Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
 
Cognitive Class
(online)
Free  Acclaim Opens in new window
Apple iPad, Mac, Swift Playgrounds Apple Opens in new window Apple
(online)
Free Apple Opens in new window

Are there any fees involved?

Please see the chart below for reference. 

Company Types of Badges Offered Accounts Needed Exam Types Exam Fees Badge Claim
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Flash Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
Certiport
(in-person)
TBA TBA
Microsoft Analytics, Network, Security, Cloud, Software, Web Applications, Azure Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
Certiport
(in-person)
TBA TBA
IBM Analytics, Cloud, Commerce, Mobile, Security, Systems, Watson Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
IBM
(online) 
Free  Acclaim Opens in new window
Cognitive Class Data Science and Cognitive Computing Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
Cognitive Class
(online) 
Free  Acclaim Opens in new window
Apple iPad, Mac, Swift Playgrounds Apple Opens in new window Apple
(online)
Free Apple Opens in new window

How do I claim a Badge?

Please see the chart below for reference and links to claim your badge. 

Company Types of Badges Offered Accounts Needed Exam Types Exam Fees Badge Claim
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Flash Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
Certiport
(in-person)
TBA TBA
Microsoft Analytics, Network, Security, Cloud, Software, Web Applications, Azure Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
Certiport
(in-person)
TBA TBA
IBM Analytics, Cloud, Commerce, Mobile, Security, Systems, Watson Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
IBM
(online) 
Free  Acclaim Opens in new window
Cognitive Class Data Science and Cognitive Computing Certiport Opens in new window and
Acclaim Opens in new window
Cognitive Class
(online)  
Free  Acclaim Opens in new window
Apple iPad, Mac, Swift Playgrounds Apple Opens in new window Apple
(online)
Free Apple Opens in new window  

Where do I go to take the Adobe and Microsoft Certiport exams?

California State University, Fullerton plans on offering an on-site Testing Center for the Adobe and Microsoft badge certifications.


***More information to come.***

Is the Apple Teacher Badge Program just for educators?

Yes, the Apple Teacher Badge Program is designed for faculty members or College of Education students who are interested in learning about how to use Apple products (iPad, Mac, or Swift Playgrounds) as an educator within a classroom.

What is Cognitive Class and is it different from IBM?

Cognitive Class facilitates specialized IBM badges that primarily focus on Data Science and Cognitive Computing.