Explore IBM SkillsBuild badges for job seekers

Earn free digital badges from IBM and other professional organizations by completing the required SkillsBuild learning activities. Estimated time for badge issuing is 24-48 hours. Explore available badges here.

Digital foundations

Badge for Working in a Digital World: Professional Skills

Working in a Digital World: Professional Skills

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration8+ hours

This badge earner understands key skills for professional success and core soft skills needed in the information technology workforce. This knowledge of skills and behaviors includes creating and delivering presentations; using agile approaches for working professionally to deliver quality work and experiences to customers; collaborating effectively with teams; communicating with impact; dealing with challenges in a controlled and focused manner; and solving problems and implementing solutions.

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Badge for Working in a Digital World: Essential Skills

Working in a Digital World: Essential Skills

  • AudienceLearners working with an NPO

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese

  • Duration8+ hours

Essential skills represent the industry knowledge and modern ways of working that professionals need to be successful in a digital innovation economy. This badge earner knows how to use and apply agile and design thinking methodologies and practices, and is aware of the key technologies that power today’s jobs, including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, data and analytics, the Internet of Things, blockchain, and security.

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Badge for Agile Explorer

Agile Explorer

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish

  • Duration7 hours

Agile Explorer badge earners have a foundational understanding of the Agile values, principles, and practices that help change culture and behaviors in the way that people work. These individuals can initiate an Agile conversation with team members and colleagues, and can apply the Agile method to the operations and programs work that they do in a family, academic, or work environment.

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Badge for Explorations into Mindfulness

Explorations into Mindfulness

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish

  • Duration3 hours

This badge earner understands mindfulness concepts and techniques, and has learned how to apply mindfulness practices for various situations. The individual understands how to further develop focus and self-awareness. Badge earners can use these skills as a foundation for further study in mindfulness and to apply mental and emotional management in any career path they choose.

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Badge for Job Application Essentials

Job Application Essentials

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish

  • Duration7+ hours

This badge earner demonstrates a strong understanding of how to position themself effectively for their first job opportunity. The individual knows how to build a strong, professional social media and online presence; how to conduct thorough and effective workplace research personalized to their interests and skills; and how to create a strong entry-level resume, even without any prior work experience. The earner has also practiced interviewing professionally.

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Role-based

Badge for Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Cybersecurity Fundamentals

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration6 hours

This badge earner demonstrates a foundational understanding of cybersecurity concepts, objectives, and practices. This includes cyber threat groups, types of attacks, social engineering, case studies, overall security strategies, cryptography, and common approaches that organizations take to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber attacks. This also includes an awareness of the job market. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education for a variety of roles in cybersecurity.

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Badge for Introduction to Data Analysis

Introduction to Data Analysis

  • AudienceLearners working with an NPO

  • LanguagesEnglish

  • Duration12 hours

This badge earner demonstrates a foundational understanding of data analysis concepts and processes. This includes knowledge about types of data, big data, databases, the data lifecycle, methods to visualize data, applications of data in business, and common data analytics and visualization tools in the industry. This also includes understanding the role and responsibilities of a data analyst. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education.

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Badge for IBM Z System Administrator: Practitioner

IBM Z System Administrator: Practitioner

  • AudienceLearners working with an NPO

  • LanguagesEnglish

  • Duration200+ hours

This badge earner understands enterprise computing concepts, hardware components, I/O architecture, the basics of REXX and JCL, and associated software and system components. They can perform basic system programming on IBM Z as well as perform upgrades and maintenance on the z/OS operating system. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education, internships, or apprenticeships.

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Badge for Project Management Fundamentals

Project Management Fundamentals

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish

  • Duration3.5 hours

This badge earner demonstrates a foundational understanding of project management concepts and processes. This includes knowledge about the value of project management, approaches to project management, and the role and responsibilities of the project manager across the project lifecycle to initiate and plan, execute, and close a project. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education.

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Badge for Customer Engagement: Communication and Personality Dynamics

Customer Engagement: Communication and Personality Dynamics

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Japanese

  • Duration6+ hours

This badge earner understands methodologies and best practices for building rapport and engaging in productive communication. They know communication skills that are clear and concise, understand when and how to say “no,” and effectively collaborate with colleagues. They know personality and behavioral characteristics critical to customer success, show an ability to self-evaluate personality strengths and weaknesses, and can apply strategies to improve upon these attributes.

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Badge for Customer Engagement: Problem Solving and Process Controls

Customer Engagement: Problem Solving and Process Controls

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Japanese

  • Duration5+ hours

This badge earner knows best practices essential to resolving client problems through organization, retrieval, and usage of resources and information essential to customer success operations. The individual understands concepts and methods related to Service Level Agreements (SLAs), application of support ticketing systems, Knowledge-Centered Service (KCS) methodology, and application of effective typing and dictation skills.

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Entrepreneurial mindset

Badge for Be an Entrepreneur

Be an Entrepreneur

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish

  • Duration35 hours

This badge earner demonstrates an entrepreneurial mindset and the skills needed to build and test a business idea to create a valid business opportunity. They know how to build a business model for an idea, pitch it, and launch it. This badge is designed for individuals who have not previously considered themselves entrepreneurs and who are now interested in developing entrepreneurial skills.

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Badge for Entrepreneurship Business Essentials

Entrepreneurship Business Essentials

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesSpanish

  • Duration17 hours

This badge earner demonstrates a foundational understanding of entrepreneurial concepts required to launch a new business, product, or service. This includes decision-making, entrepreneurship skills, using tools and models for business, context analysis, planning, and social impact. This is designed for new business owners, individuals wanting to grow a business already launched, or learners interested in entrepreneurship.

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Badge for Entrepreneurship Marketing Essentials

Entrepreneurship Marketing Essentials

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesSpanish

  • Duration18 hours

This badge earner demonstrates a foundational understanding of marketing to support entrepreneurs and individuals launching new businesses, products, or services. This includes using the Lean Startup methodology, conducting a market analysis, creating a marketing strategy and plan, as well as understanding sales skills and tools. This badge is designed for new business owners, individuals wanting to grow a business already launched, or learners interested in entrepreneurship.

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Project-based learning

Badge for Security Consultant Capstone

Security Consultant Capstone

  • AudienceLearners working with an NPO

  • LanguagesEnglish

  • Duration15 hours

This badge earner applies critical thinking, problem solving, and presentation skills to a simulated client security assessment engagement, developed by IBM experts. The badge earner experiences and gains skills working independently, seeks guidance from experts, solves a real-world challenge, reviews and assesses new information, structures a point of view given a client’s situation, and delivers a presentation with recommendations.

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Career exploration

Badge for Career Explorer

Career Explorer

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration10+ minutes

This badge earner has a desire to explore more about technical and professional skills that power today’s careers. Badge earners can use the assessment results and recommendations to pursue further education about potential career paths.

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Badge for Fit to Learn: Customer Engagement Specialist

Fit to Learn: Customer Engagement Specialist

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration30+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to learn more about a career as a Customer Engagement Specialist. The badge earner shows proficiency at the Customer Engagement Specialist learning readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Fit to Learn: Cybersecurity Professional

Fit to Learn: Cybersecurity Professional

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration30+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to learn more about a career as a Cybersecurity Professional. The badge earner shows proficiency at the Cybersecurity Professional learning readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Fit to Learn: Data Analyst

Fit to Learn: Data Analyst

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration30+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to learn more about a career as a Data Analyst. The badge earner shows proficiency at the Data Analyst learning readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Fit to Learn: IT Design Thinking

Fit to Learn: IT Design Thinking

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration30+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to learn more about a career in IT Design Thinking. The badge earner shows proficiency at the IT Design Thinking learning readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Fit to Learn: Linux System Administrator

Fit to Learn: Linux System Administrator

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration30+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to learn more about a career as a Linux System Administrator. The badge earner shows proficiency at the Linux System Administrator learning readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Fit to Learn: Project Manager

Fit to Learn: Project Manager

  • AudienceAll learners

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration30+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to learn more about a career as a Project Manager. The badge earner shows proficiency at the Project Manager learning readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Career Fit Achievement: Customer Engagement Specialist

Career Fit Achievement: Customer Engagement Specialist

  • AudienceLearners working with an NPO

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration45+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to consider a career as a Customer Engagement Specialist. The badge earner shows proficiency at the Customer Engagement Specialist career readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Career Fit Achievement: Cybersecurity Professional

Career Fit Achievement: Cybersecurity Professional

  • AudienceLearners working with an NPO

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration45+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to consider a career as a Cybersecurity Professional. The badge earner shows proficiency at the Cybersecurity Professional career readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Career Fit Achievement: Data Analyst

Career Fit Achievement: Data Analyst

  • AudienceLearners working with an NPO

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration45+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to consider a career as a Data Analyst. The badge earner shows proficiency at the Data Analyst career readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Career Fit Achievement: IT Design Thinking

Career Fit Achievement: IT Design Thinking

  • AudienceLearners working with an NPO

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration45+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to consider a career in IT Design Thinking. The badge earner shows proficiency at the IT Design Thinking career readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Career Fit Achievement: Linux System Administrator

Career Fit Achievement: Linux System Administrator

  • AudienceLearners working with an NPO

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration45+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to consider a career as a Linux System Administrator. The badge earner shows proficiency at the Linux System Administrator career readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Career Fit Achievement: Mainframe System Administrator

Career Fit Achievement: Mainframe System Administrator

  • AudienceLearners working with an NPO

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration45+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to consider a career as a Mainframe System Administrator. The badge earner shows proficiency at the Mainframe System Administrator career readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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Badge for Career Fit Achievement: Project Manager

Career Fit Achievement: Project Manager

  • AudienceLearners working with an NPO

  • LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese

  • Duration45+ minutes

This badge earner has completed an assessment, the results of which indicate the individual has the skills, abilities, and personality traits to consider a career as a Project Manager. The badge earner shows proficiency at the Project Manager career readiness level. Badge earners can use this knowledge to pursue further education about this career path.

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