community engagement professional certification digital badge

Become a fully certified CEP

Full certification as a community engagement professional formally recognizes an individual that has demonstrated competency across a range of areas related to higher education civic and community engagement.

Requirements for full certification

Combine five credentials in different competency areas to become eligible to apply for full certification as a Community Engagement Professional

All three of the essential credentials

community engagement fundamentals digital badge

community partnerships digital badge

equity & inclusion digital badge


and two of the elective credentials

supporting engaged faculty development digital badge

community-engaged learning & teaching digital badge

engaged research digital badge

program administration digital badge

dialogue & deliberation digital badge


assessment & evaluation digital badge

global engagement digital badge

institutionalizing engagement digital badge

p-12 engagement digital badge

place-based strategies digital badge

student civic leadership and development digital badge

community development digital badge




Apply for certification

Once you have completed all three essential credentials and two elective credentials, you become eligible to apply for certification. First, make sure all your credentials are up-to-date—they should have been earned or recertified within the past five years. Next, you'll be asked to submit a short personal statement to submit for consideration.

Applications paused

We are temporarily pausing applications while we overhaul the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program to improve accessibility and increase opportunities for learning and growth.