Introducing Circuit Stream Certifications

June 09 2021

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Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality is an industry that is seeing growth, and there is no doubt about that. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen the world open up to the possibilities of XR through the adoption of the technology. In the enterprise world, we’ve seen this in industries including and not limited to industrial, telecommunication, medicinal, and education. According to Business Wire (2021), this growth is not stopping any time soon as “the Extended Reality Market size is projected to be growing at a CAGR of 66.02% during 2021 to 2027”. This growth is not only impacting enterprise, but as we see tech companies such as Apple and Facebook develop their products towards XR for more mainstream use, we’re going to see other day-to-day applications follow suit to keep their products and applications in trend with the latest. This will have a big impact on the demand for skills and the job market today.

As a leading educator in XR, it is our duty to build opportunities towards that growing market, by teaching the in-demand skills and creating pathways for our students to master them in preparation for what is to come. With that in mind, through the introduction to our new certification programs, learners will be able to receive a portfolio of industry-recognized credentials that will effectively validate one’s expertise in building and creating XR.

Read on as we discuss our new certifications, what they are, their framework, and how they can help you accelerate your XR career.

What is the Circuit Stream Certification?

Circuit Stream Certification is an industry-recognized credential that enables you to validate your skills in designing, developing, and building immersive experiences (AR/VR/MR). By earning this certification , learners will be able to confidently prove their advanced knowledge and core skills that employers seek in today’s XR industry.

Our certifications are defined by Open Badge standards (OBv2),  which is used to validate what each digital credential represents through associated metadata uniquely connected to learners.

With this technology, the digital credentials learners receive from Circuit Stream will contain crucial information about the skills they have obtained through the course.

The Open Badge system presents several benefits to learners:

  • Portable credentials. These certifications suit the digital age and a remote working lifestyle, as you can easily display your badges across your online channels and prove your worth globally.
  • Verifiable skills. These badges offer a level of transparency that simplifies hiring and builds trust with organizations. Wherever you go, prospective employers and schools can explore the data behind Circuit Stream certifications to confirm your competencies.
  • Intuitive updates. As you continue your XR education or pursue other Circuit Stream courses, your open badge data will update to reflect your new skills.

OBv2 Technology

By leveraging  Credly’s platform, learners will be able to more easily showcase evidence of their achievement and recognize the skills they have earned, by giving them the tools to manage, share and verify their certification. In addition, Credly’s platform gives learners labor market insights allowing them explore job opportunities that match the skills they have earned.

Why you should get certified from Circuit Stream

So, why should you earn badges and credentials in XR from Circuit Stream? What makes us the best choice in the industry?

Just like a degree or diploma, receiving a certification from Circuit Stream will vouch for the fact that you have mastered the skills, principles, and techniques that are key to developing or designing immersive experiences. As our programs are very hands-on, the certification you earn will not only verify that you’ve learned such skills, but it will also validate that you’ve put those skills into practice with real-life projects.

Here are two reasons that Circuit Stream is the best track for people who want to start a career in AR/VR:

  • Our unrivaled experience in XR education. While new educators are only entering the XR space now, Circuit Stream is an industry stalwart. Since 2015, we have taught thousands of people, from individual students and small companies to large enterprises, including BMW, Lockheed Martin, and the US Navy. Our course evolves with every cohort and program, and we fine-tune our teaching model to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Our track record of successful alumni. When people take Circuit Stream certifications, they don't just add a badge to their résumé—they take a significant step up in their career. Many of our alumni now work in exciting XR roles. For example, Mike Oakes is at Unity, Juanisa McCoy got accepted in Oculus Launchpad program, and Syed Fatir Ali and Mike Waldron created their own companies.

In addition to the above, Circuit Stream has built a strong partnership with Unity. As of 2021, Unity is the engine behind 65% of all AR/VR globally. We're proud to have a close working partnership with Unity. We became an official Unity Channel partner in 2020 and recently collaborated on Unity certification courses to help people acquire real-time 3D skills.

    Our Framework: Pathways to become industry-recognized XR professionals

    Our digital credentials are split between Course Badges and Core Certifications with separate design and development streams.

    • The badges confirm your specialization in a particular area based on core certifications.
    • The certifications offer a high-level evaluation of your suitability as an XR professional by verifying your industry-relevant expertise and professional-level skills.

    As mentioned earlier, each certification or badge we offer, confirms learners’ qualification evidencing learning outcomes acquired through the course and module. Our digital credentials are split between Course Badges and Core Certifications with streams specializing in either  design or development.

    Learners can choose to take one stream to fully specialize in a particular area, or take both and be well-versed in the two areas of the XR creation process. Ultimately, those can demonstrate awareness of XR fundamentals, and apply those practices to a wide variety of use cases, can earn a Circuit Stream Certified XR Practitioner certification.The certifications offer a high-level evaluation of your suitability as an XR professional by verifying your industry-relevant expertise and professional-level skills.

    Let’s take a deeper dive into what we offer.

    Core Badges

    C# Scripting Fundamentals with Unity: Course

    This badge validates your ability to develop logically structured scripts using the C# programming language. You will learn to model real-world problems using object-oriented concepts and write classes that are expandable and reusable. This badge is a perfect primer or complement to the Circuit Stream Certified XR Developer with Unity.

    Core Certifications

    Circuit Stream Certified XR Developer with Unity

    This certification validates the knowledge and necessary skills to develop augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences in apps, games, and other applications using Unity. Learners must demonstrate proficiency in effectively developing experiences using Unity through the completion of project-based assessments.

    If you want to complete this certification, you need to do the following:

    • Complete the Circuit Stream’s XR Development with Unity course
    • Complete a curriculum of project-based assessments that demonstrates proficiency in Unity

    Circuit Stream Certified XR Designer with Unity

    This certification validates the knowledge and necessary skills to apply the best practices to design and prototype intuitive, usable, human-centered augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences in apps, games, and other applications using Unity. Learners must demonstrate proficiency in effectively designing experiences using Unity through the completion of project-based assessments.

    If you want to complete this certification, you need to do the following:

    • Complete Circuit Stream's Interaction Design and Prototyping course
    • Complete a curriculum of project-based assessments that demonstrates proficiency in Unity

    Circuit Stream Certified XR Practitioner

    This industry-recognized certification validates a learner’s skill in demonstrating awareness of XR fundamentals to create immersive three-dimensional experiences for a wide variety of use cases. Learners must acquire professional-level skills and knowledge to effectively and rapidly prototype and publish XR applications that can be accessed in a variety of AR/VR hardware.

    If you want to complete this certification, you need to do the following:

    • Complete Circuit Stream’s XR Development with Unity or Interaction Design and Prototyping course
    • Complete Circuit Stream’s Project Accelerator course
    • Demonstrate experience designing or developing XR applications
    • Submit and present an XR project developed or designed according to the industry best practices and principles

    Wrap Up: What this means for Circuit Stream Graduates

    In the fast-paced XR industry, getting relevant education from a trusted provider makes all the difference to your career prospects. As the leader in accelerating AR/VR skills, Circuit Stream is the gold standard.

    Our certifications are an excellent way to validate your XR development or design expertise in line with the high standards and expectations of the rapidly evolving XR industry. By acquiring our digital badges, you can showcase your skills and achievements, improve your professional reputation and visibility, and ultimately attract attention and opportunities from employers.

    Also, as a part of the Circuit Stream community, you can always rely on our student success managers and other members of our global learning network for advice and assistance on the best way to represent yourself in this thriving job market.

    Do you want to learn more about Circuit Stream badges and certifications? Contact our education team or check out our Certification FAQ page.

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    dejan growth marketing

    Dejan Gajsek

    Head of Marketing

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