Microsoft Exam and Certification Badges

Let the world know about your achievement as soon as you pass an exam or earn a new certification with a digital badge!

Digital badges allow you to easily share your skills in a way that is trusted and verifiable.

Your Microsoft badge empowers you to:

  • Easily share your certifications and exams with your professional network.
  • Learn which employers are looking for individuals with your skills.
  • Discover the salary you can expect in jobs that require your Microsoft skills.
  • Search for new job opportunities associated with your certification and apply in just a few clicks.

For more details, see our blog post Unlock Active Job Postings with Your Microsoft Certification.

What is a digital badge?

Microsoft has partnered with Pearson VUE’s Acclaim platform to award badges for your certification achievements.

These badges are web-enabled representations of your Microsoft Certifications, consisting of an image and metadata uniquely linked to you. This means that when someone views your badge, they’ll be able to learn more about your skills and to verify its authenticity — ensuring only you can take credit for your skills.

What’s more, we’ve recently expanded the look and feel of our badges so that they more closely align with the other credentials you might earn from Microsoft. Now when you share your digital badge on popular online sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or when you embed it into your résumé, personal website, or email signature, anyone who views your badge will immediately recognise it was issued by Microsoft.

Pretty cool, huh?

Am I eligible for a badge?

The exams and certifications on the following list are currently part of the badging program.

The exams and certifications on the following list are currently part of the badging program. If you earned a badge for an exam or certification that was chosen to be part of the digital badge program but was later placed on the retired list, you can still redeem the badge via Acclaim and share it as usual to other platforms or by email.

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications eligible for badges
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams eligible for badges
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications eligible for badges
MCSA certifications eligible for badges
MCSE certifications eligible for badges
MCSD certifications eligible for badges
MCE certification eligible for badges
MCT certification eligible for badges
MTA example badge
MCSA example badge
Exam example badge

What is the process for claiming a badge?

Claiming your Microsoft badge is very simple. After you’ve achieved a certification or passed an exam, you’ll receive an automated email from Microsoft with general details on the Microsoft Certification Program. To claim your badge:

  1. Select the link in your Microsoft email notification.
  2. Create an account on Acclaim.
  3. Confirm your account and claim your badge by clicking the link in the email.

TIP: After you create an Acclaim account, you can save time by adjusting account settings to automatically accept badges issued to you. You can watch the step-by-step process in the video Acclaim How To: Manage your badge.

Take advantage of the features that Acclaim offers:

  • Share your badge on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Download your badge image and URL to embed in a CV, website or email signature.
  • Personalise your Acclaim profile.
  • Explore insights into the job market and job opportunities. Watch the video Acclaim How To: Explore labor market insights to see how easy it is to quickly discover opportunities in your market.

Your digital badge is one more way that Microsoft supports the development and recognition of your professional skills. Take advantage of this new program to help accelerate your career growth.

Do you have unclaimed badges?

You can claim your badge at any time, even if you passed an exam or achieved a certification in the past.

Access your badge through any of the badge notifications or reminders sent by Microsoft or Acclaim. Or, if you no longer have access to those emails, you can create an account on Acclaim* using the same email address that Microsoft has on file for you. Your badge will be waiting in your account for you to claim.

*Please note this link will take you to Acclaim’s web site, a third party whose privacy practices differ from Microsoft’s. If you provide personal data to Acclaim, your data is governed by their privacy statement

Frequently asked questions

Is there a cost associated with claiming, managing or sharing my Microsoft badge?

No, there is no cost associated with claiming, managing or sharing your Microsoft badge. This is a free service that Microsoft provides.

How is my credential displayed as a Microsoft badge?

The badging platform, Acclaim, uses the Open Badges standards defined by Mozilla to translate your credential into a digital image associated with metadata uniquely connected to you. This standard allows you to easily share your digital badge online in a way that can be verified by employers and professional peers.

My badge looks different. What changed?

The look and feel of our badges was recently updated so that it is more aligned with the look and feel that you can earn across all of Microsoft badges. The new artwork allows for the same functionality as before and we continue to encourage you to share own exclusive skills with your peers and social channels.

When and how can I claim my badge?

You can claim your badge at any time. You can access your badge through any of the badge notifications or reminders sent by Microsoft or Acclaim. Or, if you no longer have access to those emails, you can create an account on Acclaim using the same email address that Microsoft has on file for you. Your badge will be waiting in your account. Please note that Microsoft may terminate this digital badging program at any time.

I have earned multiple Microsoft badges. Do I need to manually claim every badge that I am issued?

No, you do not need to manually claim every badge. You can adjust the settings in your Acclaim account to automatically accept badges issued to you.

What if I do not want my Microsoft badge to be made public?

You are in control of how and when your badge is made public. You can adjust the settings in your Acclaim account to make your profile and badges private. You are not required to accept to your badges and may disregard the notification emails if you do not wish to participate in the Microsoft badge program.

What is Acclaim?

Acclaim is an independent badging platform owned by our test-delivery partner, Pearson VUE. Acclaim provides a way to manage, share and verify your Microsoft Certifications. The platform also provides you with labor market insights that can help you explore job opportunities that map to your skills. Learn more about Acclaim..

If I have questions about my Microsoft badge, whom can I contact?

If you believe that you are eligible for a badge but have not received any information about it, contact your Regional Service Center (RSC). If you have any questions about the Acclaim platform or about how to claim your badge, contact Acclaim support.

What if I earned a Microsoft badge through Certiport but have not yet received my badge?

Please contact Certiport directly to inquire about your missing badge:
https://certiport.pearsonvue.com/Support/Support-for-test-candidates/Customer-service.

Please note: When badge earners are missing badges from Certiport, it is usually due to one of the following reasons. It may help to mention these reasons when contacting Certiport support to aid in troubleshooting.

Common reasons for missing Certiport badges:


  1. Your default language within your Certiport account is something other than English
  2. You have two accounts within Certiport
What happens to my badge if an exam or certification is retired?

If you earned a badge for an exam or certification that was chosen to be part of the digital badge program but was later placed on the retired list, you can still redeem the badge via Acclaim and share it as usual to other platforms or by email.