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What is a Credentials File?

Credentials are used to support graduate school, teaching and other employment applications. A credentials file normally contains transcripts and letters of recommendation. It may also contain a resume or curriculum vitae, and supplemental materials like a writing sample. When applying to a graduate school or for a professional position, you submit a request to the credentials service asking that the contents of your file be forwarded to the school or potential employer.

Why should I start a Credentials File?

School District representatives who have primary responsibility for hiring new teachers, and college and university admission personnel who screen graduate candidates often require that the credentials of potential teachers be submitted by academic institutions. In most cases, the candidates have “waived their rights”, and have not viewed the faculty and employer recommendations maintained in the Credential Files. Organizations believe that credentials received directly from institutions are more reliable, credible, and valid.

How do I get started?

The Toppel Career Center has partnered with Interfolio to provide UM students and alumni with credentials services.

New Users: Simply visit Interfolio, create your account, and get started today! Interfolio offers several packages to best meet your needs.

Returning Users: If you previously had a Credentials account with the Toppel Career Center, we will transfer your file directly to Interfolio. To begin the process, please visit Interfolio and open your account (choose the package that best fits your needs). Once you have created your account, please email us at to let us know you have completed this step and we will then forward your archived documents to Inferfolio. IMPORTANT: In the subject line of your email, please write: CREDENTIAL FILE TRANSER REQUEST.

About Interfolio

Interfolio works with UM to help you showcase and share your work online and simplify the application process. With our suite of tools, you can build and enhance your career, knowing your documents are secure and can be easily shared or delivered.

Build your portfolio. Advance your career.

Create a professional portfolio, showcase your work, and manage important documents.

Manage credentials with ease.

Request letters of recommendation and other documents online and deliver to any institution as electronic or hard copy.

Simplify graduate school applications.

Interfolio works with ETS to deliver a secure, convenient and easy way to handle letters of recommendation. It takes just 2 minutes to create an account and begin building your credentials file immediately. Account set-up and maintenance fees are as low as $19 per year plus a modest fee for each mailing.

Interfolio contact information:
Phone: 877-77-FOLIO or (877-773-6546)
Toppel Career Center
Physical Address:
5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-5451
Fax: 305-284-3668
Mailing Address:
PO Box 249175
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5610