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GF Institute Employer Network & Digital Badge

Helping Northwest Missouri State University Cannabis Certificate Holders Propel Their Cannabis Career Forward

All Northwest Missouri State University participants will earn access to the GF Institute’s Employer Network upon completion of one of the cannabis certificate programs. The GF Institute is the academic and professional membership body designed to promote the highest standards of professionalism, credibility, and equity in the cannabis industry. 

As a member of the institute, you’ll have access to exclusive virtual cannabis career events and other opportunities designed for those interested in advancing their career. 

Upon completion, you’ll also be awarded a digital badge, backed by the GF Institute. These badges, offered through Credly’s digital badge platform, provide you with a digital version of your qualifications and skills earned through the cannabis program.

Earn your certificate in 6 months, and unlock your digital badge.

Employer interviewing potential new hire
Credly site to receive badge of completion

How do I use my badge?

Digital badges can be used in email signatures or digital resumes, and on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. This digital image contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them. Additionally, they allow employers searching for candidates with those skills and qualifications to find your profile and connect you with relevant job opportunities. Plus, you’ll be able to search for relevant job opportunities that align with your skills.

Frequent Asked Questions About Badges

Badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome which can be verified in real-time, online.

We have partnered with Credly to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge, issued and managed through the company digital badging platform. The technology Credly uses is based on the Open Badge Standards maintained by IMS Global. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.

Representing your skills as a badge gives you a way to share your abilities online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time. Badges provide employers and peers concrete evidence of what you had to do to earn your credential and what you’re now capable of. Credly also offers labor market insights, based on your skills. You can search and apply for job opportunities right through Credly.

Credly is the end-to-end solution for issuing and managing digital credentials. Credly works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.

You will receive an email notification from Credly ( with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.

You can easily configure your privacy settings in Credly. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

No. This service is included as part of your program tuition once you have successfully completed the cannabis program.

While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on Credly. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

You can share your badge directly from Credly to LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook; over email; embedded in a website or in your email signature.

 Labor market insights are pulled from live job requisitions. Based on your skills you can learn which employers are hiring, what job titles you might be qualified for, salary ranges, and more. Search active job listings and even apply for them with just a few clicks through Credly. Access the labor market insights from your badge details page by clicking on Related Jobs, or by clicking on the skill tags assigned to your badge.

Yes, you can download your badge from the Share Badge page. Your downloaded badge contains Open Badge Infrastructure (OBI) compliant metadata embedded into the image. This allows you to store your badge on other OBI-compliant badge sites, such as the Badgr Backpack. 

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