What is an IBM Digital Badges?

IBM® Digital Badges are reinventing how credentials are used to recognize achievement and contribution. Use digital badges to demonstrate your unique skills.

IBM Z Xplore – Concepts

Badge description

The badge earner has learned and displayed fundamental mainframe skills. This individual is able to perform everyday tasks in an IBM zSystems® mainframe environment, including administering data sets, formulating commands, managing JCL, scripting actions in USS (Unix System Services), writing and debugging Python, and orchestrating actions through IBM zSystems Open Automation Utilities.


What it takes

  • You must be at least 16 years of age
  • Complete all IBM Z Xplore Fundamentals and Concepts challenges

If eligible, the IBM Academic Initiative will contact you with further instructions on how to receive this badge upon your completion of the requirements.


Explore the skills gained and available jobs

  • Bash (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • JCL (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • REXX (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • Programming (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • Python (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • Zowe™ (link resides outside of ibm.com)

IBM Z Xplore – Advanced

Badge description

This badge earner can solve advanced mainframe problems by thinking critically and applying information found from a wide variety of sources. They have built upon their solid foundation of skills by orchestrating a wide array of system activities using Ansible® & Zowe, while working in Docker containerized environments.  They demonstrate a proficient programming talent, having debugged and written code in REXX, COBOL, Linux, JCL and have displayed a sound understanding of concepts required for this environment.


What it takes  

  • You must be at least 16 years of age
  • IBM Z Xplore Fundamentals, Concepts and Advanced challenges

If eligible, the IBM Academic Initiative will contact you with further instructions on how to receive this badge.


Explore the skills gained and available jobs

  • Ansible (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • COBOL (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • Db2 (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • Docker (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • REXX (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • REGEX (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • TSO (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • VSAM (link resides outside of ibm.com)
  • Linux (link resides outside of ibm.com)

More information

First point of contact

The IBM Z Academic Initiative is available to answer questions related to the badge program.

Credly support

Contact Acclaim support for questions related to your Acclaim badge earner account and profile, as well as issues related to claiming your badge after receiving a notification.

About the Badge Program

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Privacy statement

NOTICE: IBM leverages the services of Credly's Acclaim platform, a 3rd party data processor authorized by IBM and located in the United States, to assist in the administration of the IBM Digital Badge program. In order to issue you an IBM Digital Badge, your personal information (name, email address, and badge earned) will be shared with the Credly’s Acclaim platform. You will receive an email notification from Acclaim with instructions for claiming the badge. Your personal information is used to issue your badge and for program reporting and operational purposes. It will be handled in a manner consistent with IBM privacy practices. The IBM Privacy Statement can be viewed here.