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Merit Offers More Than Just Digital Licenses for Barbers and Cosmetologists

By Liya Smolina on November 13, 2019

Last month, Merit announced its partnership with Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) to streamline licensing and digital credentialing for thousands of professionals in the Commonwealth. More than 310,000 Virginia workers in more than 40 industries are required by law to have a license from DPOR to work. Merit’s platform will give these professionals an easier way to bring their licenses with them wherever they go and make the certification more accessible to consumers and businesses. 

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New Whitepaper: Digital Credentialing & The Future of Work

By Mike Murphy on November 8, 2019

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation will undoubtedly impact the future of America’s workforce by making many jobs easier, and others completely obsolete. However, these technologies will have an uneven impact across each industry. Occupations in professional services (legal, science, academics), and “deskless” industries such as architecture, construction, plumbing, childcare, medical services, social work, and more, are more likely to see an increase in the number of available jobs.

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I Quit My Job For This?

By Marshall Broussard on November 6, 2019

Last month I started my new job with Merit, and just four weeks prior to that, I had no intention of leaving my then-current job. I had no plans to leave where I was, and frankly was excited to see various clients, projects, and initiatives taking off after much hard work. That was, of course, before I met Merit.

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Merit Powers Digital Check-Ins, Course Management, and Trainings Across Virginia

By Dylan Avatar on October 31, 2019

This fall, Merit has had the opportunity to support three of Virginia’s premier professional organizations at various conferences and trainings: the Virginia Builders Summit and Expo, the Virginia ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, the Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists' Fall Conference, and the 2019 VOWRA Conference and Trade Show. While these conferences drew professionals from different industries, there was one thing in common between all of the organizers we worked with and attendees we met: checking into the various sessions, classes, and trainings was a smooth process, thanks to the Check-in with Merits app.

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The Value of (Tracking) Volunteer Hours

By Glayson Cordeiro on October 30, 2019

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Americans are volunteering more than ever… helping communities in more ways than they might be aware of.

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Merit Values in Engineering

By Stephen Pittman on October 15, 2019

At Merit, we live a set of company values that we believe in. We use them to remind ourselves to hold ourselves to a high standard of who we want to be.

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If You Aren’t Laughing At Work, Quit.

By Jason Garcia on September 25, 2019

Hard days happen. Hell, at a start-up, hard weeks and hard months happen. But no matter what type of week you’re having, if there aren’t moments at work that make you laugh, you should evaluate if you’re in the right place. When you live every day with an expected level of uncertainty, it’s important to find humor with your coworkers and customers.

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Introducing the Merit Career Skills Program for Veterans

By Jacob Orrin on September 19, 2019

Every year, hundreds of thousands of men and women leave the U.S. military service and re-enter civilian life. Unfortunately, many of these skilled individuals struggle to find employment in roles that are commensurate with the level of expertise and competence that they have acquired, and addressing this gap is something that I have become extremely passionate about. 

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The Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Takes Learning Units and Certificates Digital

By Dylan Avatar on September 18, 2019

We’re proud to announce that the Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Virginia) is transforming the way they issue continuing education and training units offered through their chapter by going digital with Merit, a free online credentialing platform. Virginia Architects will now be able to manage their professional Architect license from the VA Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations (DPOR) and their continuing education from AIA Virginia all on the same digital platform.

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Virginia First State to Adopt Digital Licensing Through Partnership with Merit

By Merit on September 3, 2019

New platform will cut through red tape, track worker achievements, increase trust in workforce

Today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) is streamlining individual professional licensing by partnering with digital credentialing service Merit® to drive innovation, digital transformation, and efficiency for hundreds of thousands of occupational license holders in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Merit’s technology will enable DPOR to issue digital licenses, giving every licensed professional the ability to carry their up-to-date credentials anywhere they go.

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Join Us at the First-Ever Merit Boogie!

By Merit on August 27, 2019

 
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Bulk uploads with Merit: Issue thousands of merits in minutes!

By Merit on August 7, 2019

Do you issue certificates, licenses, or credentials? More importantly, do you send them in bulk? 

If your answer is yes, then you know how difficult it is to send credentials one-by-one, even if you do it digitally. That’s why Merit created a tool for this very case – spreadsheet upload, our bulk upload tool. And hey, we’ve just made some powerful improvements to make the whole process even easier!

How does this feature work? 

In a nutshell, the upload spreadsheet tool enables you to send dozens (or even thousands) of merits at once. 

All you have to do is follow these basic steps: 

  1. Create a merit template: This template represents the credential, license, or certificate that you need to send.
  2. Upload a merit template spreadsheet to Merit: This spreadsheet should include the recipient’s name, merit title, and other important fields for your credential.
  3. Send your merits: Once your spreadsheet is fully uploaded, click Send to share them with your recipients! 

What improvements have been added? 

Merit has just made some helpful updates to the upload spreadsheet tool to make your life easier!

  • The feature now offers a built-in guide that walks you through each step of the process.
  • You can now download a specific spreadsheet that corresponds with the merit template you want to send so there's no need to manually add fields to your spreadsheet.
  • You can also map your merit fields to any column in your spreadsheet, even if they don’t match or aren’t in the same order.
  • In cases where your spreadsheet has errors, you can download these errors to quickly identify and fix them.

Ready to get started?

To dive in, navigate to the Send Merits folder in the Organization Portal and choose the Upload Spreadsheet tab.

Need more help?

Visit our Help Center for step-by-step instructions on how to get started. You can also reach out to help@merits.com for more answers.

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How Merit is Helping CERTs Take on More Life-Saving Work and Less Paperwork.

By Merit on July 23, 2019

 

This article first appeared in CERT Responder Magazine

Topics: CERTs
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Check-in with Merits: Spend Less Time on Paperwork and More Time on Important Work.

By Merit on July 16, 2019

Picture this...

You’re managing an activity that requires participant check-ins, credential validation, and even time tracking and reporting. And it’s not a pretty picture considering all of the check-in sheets, time spent confirming participant credentials, and the countless hours adding up total participant time.

Topics: CERTs Product
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Sigma is now Merit

By Merit on June 14, 2019

We’re excited to introduce you to our new brand – Merit®.

Topics: News CERTs
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California Volunteers, Office of the Governor Teams With Merit To Empower Communities

By Merit on May 2, 2019

Merit helps power California For All Emergency Preparedness Campaign to deploy a network of volunteers and transform how Californians get ready for the next disaster

Topics: News CERTs
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The Man With the Most Merits: Jay Stokes

By Merit on April 25, 2019

If you’re a skydiver, you know Jay Stokes’s name. He’s the former President of the USPA, after all. He came to professional civilian skydiving only after serving in the US Army for 24 years on the military side of the freefall fence, and in that time has earned a veritable gallery of certifications. (These certifications are above and beyond Jay’s two Masters’ degrees.)

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Hey, DZOs: Let’s End Two Unnecessary Expenses, Together

By Merit on March 4, 2019

If you’ve been running a dropzone for a while, we already know a couple of things about you. Ready?

Topics: Culture
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Spotting the Truth in a World of Lies

By Merit on February 11, 2019

We expect white lies in our everyday lives and have become accustomed to not necessarily believing everything we hear. Whether it’s someone’s description on a dating app or a resume for work, we take what we hear with a grain of salt. Some people fiercely filter information for fabrications, exaggerations, plagiarism, white lies, and most of all: deception. But as one study suggests, we are on average only able to catch 54% of lies. Strikingly, in the same study, trained police officers, judges, and FBI agents weren’t that much better than the average person.

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Merit Magnific: Chris Geiler

By Merit on February 4, 2019

When I talk to him, World Wingsuit Champion and elite wingsuit instructor Chris Geiler is gearing up for a busy day jumping his wingsuit from Italian cliffs. The road to terminal pasta-opia has been a long one, as Chris was born quite literally on the opposite side of the world—a small town in Western Australia, “in the middle of nowhere,” as Chris puts it. He spent his early childhood moving from state to state in Australia with his mom.

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Merit Magnific: Skydive University

By Merit on January 7, 2019

When I talk to Skydive University founder Rob Laidlaw, he’s in Guatemala. He’s personally supervising three examiner trainees as they conduct a Coach Examiner verification and AFF Instructor Certification program for the Guatemalan Parachute Association.

Topics: Experiences
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Merit Magnific: Jenn Evans

By Dylan Avatar on December 10, 2018

Take it from us: Jenn Evans will sneak up on you. She’s unexpected.

Topics: Experiences
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