Any Earner "individual" or Issuer "organization" can give Credit where credit is due, acknowledging accomplishments that are observed anywhere. And any person or organization can earn Credit for their achievements.
When you create your account on Credly, we ask you to indicate whether you are setting up an account for yourself as an individual (Earner) or on behalf of an organization (Issuer) you are authorized to represent.
Individual and Organization accounts are similar, but not identical. Both can give and earn Credit, edit their public Profiles, and manage and share earned Credit and badges. Organizations can use their logo on their profile page, where individuals use a photograph or avatar to represent themselves. The information we ask for during the Verification process (for those members who choose to be Verified by Credly) is somewhat different for organizations and for individuals.
In short, if you are planning to give Credit on behalf of an organization you officially and legally represent, you should sign up as an Organization (Issuer). If you are signing up to accept Credit and to give Credit as yourself, sign up as an Individual (Earner). Individuals can have a personal "individual" Credly account, and also have an Organization account for an organization they represent.
We value authenticity on Credly. People should never create accounts representing themselves as someone they are not. Only use your real name on your individual account, and only set up accounts for actual organizations you are authorized to represent. Check the Credly Terms of Service for terms and conditions.