**Transforming the Credentialing Process: A Conversation with Dan Giurescu**
*Revolutionizing Workforce Credentialing in High-Risk Industries*
In high-risk industries such as energy, construction, manufacturing, mining, and healthcare, the management and verification of credentials are crucial for ensuring compliance, safety, and trust. Verifiable Credentials, which are cryptographically secured digital certificates that can be authenticated in real-time, have emerged as a game-changer in the digital space. Credivera, a leading workforce management platform, is changing the way credentials are issued, stored, and authenticated within these critical sectors.
**The Birth of Credivera**
Dan Giurescu, Co-founder of Credivera, had firsthand experience with the cumbersome process of managing and presenting credentials in high-risk industries. He and his wife co-founded a tech company in 2009 that focused on the transportation of dangerous goods. During their time in field operations, they earned numerous credentials that were unrelated to their day jobs. To sell to clients, these credentials had to be presented at the gate, requiring Giurescu to flip through a binder of credentials for each entry point. This experience highlighted the need for a more efficient and reliable credentialing process.
**Streamlining the Credentialing Process**
Credivera streamlines the process of issuing, storing, and verifying credentials. The platform acts as an orchestration platform, allowing employers to mandate worker specifications and credentials required for specific jobs. Using a digital wallet, workers are provisioned with their credentials, and the platform verifies them in real-time against the source issuer. Credivera has one of the largest networks of source issuing bodies, with 10,000 issuers from whom they can verify credentials.
**Individual Ownership of Workforce Identity**
Credivera goes beyond traditional credentials by encompassing various aspects of workforce identity. Workers can own and manage their credentials throughout their career journey using Credivera’s platform. This includes training certificates, background checks, association designations, drug and alcohol test credentials, and more. The platform empowers individuals to have greater ownership and control over their credentials, enhancing trust and transparency in the workforce.
**Interoperability and Transportability of Credentials**
Interoperability is a key aspect of Credivera’s vision. Giurescu emphasizes the importance of different wallets being able to communicate with each other. Wallets will need to meet a standard decentralized identity (dID) method, allowing for the transportability of information. Credivera aims to drive the industry towards a space of interoperability, enabling easier transfer of credentials between platforms and employers.
**Stackable Credentials and Continuing Education**
Maintaining credentials and staying up-to-date with industry regulations is a significant challenge in high-risk industries. Credivera addresses this challenge through stackable credentials and verifiable presentations. Continuing education credits are crucial in various industries to maintain professional certifications and designations. Credivera’s platform enables individuals to track their progress towards meeting continuing education requirements. This feature provides visibility into the number of hours or credits completed and those still required, allowing workers to proactively address any gaps in their credentials.
**The Benefits of Stackable Credentials**
Stackable credentials offer a tangible solution to the challenges of maintaining certifications and designations. Instead of facing a daunting renewal process every few years, individuals can track their progress continuously. These credentials provide clear visibility of completed CE credits or hours, making it easier for workers to understand their status and plan their educational activities accordingly. Stackable credentials also enhance employability and mobility by showcasing an individual’s comprehensive portfolio of professional development. Potential employers gain a holistic view of qualifications and ongoing commitment to growth, fostering career advancement opportunities.
**The Future of Credivera**
Credivera has gained significant traction since its inception, with tens of thousands of daily users across multiple industries and over 1.5 million verifiable credentials issued. Looking ahead, their goal for 2023 is to continue growing the number of issuers in their network, empower them to become verifiable credential issuers themselves, and ensure interoperability across the board. Credivera aims to revolutionize workforce credentialing, empowering individuals and ensuring compliance, safety, and trust in high-risk industries.