The National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) was established in 2015 with the mission of providing a connection between learning, skills validation, and employment.

Between 2015 and 2018, the NWCA, in conjunction with over 500 college and university partners, Pearson Education, industry leaders, and experts in the field of testing, assessment, and certification, undertook a coordinated effort to create a framework for assessing and representing achievements that would connect an individual’s education and practical experience to meaningful skills needed in the workplace. This 3-year effort resulted in over 1,800 exams and assessments designed to translate what an individual knows into credentials that can be showcased to employers in an objective, standardized and meaningful way through digital badges.

As a not-for-profit organization, NWCA has pulled together some of the best minds and leaders in the industry including higher education executives, instructional design PhDs, corporate learning experts and workforce development professionals that make up our robust advisory board. Armed with this talent and expert guidance, NWCA launched their credentials to the market in 2019.