Microsoft Certification Badges

Once you pass an exam or earn a new certification, let the world know about your achievement! Microsoft has partnered with Pearson VUE to use their Acclaim badging system to award badges for your certification achievement.

Since Microsoft introduced digital badging for select MCP certifications and exams in October 2016, the program has seen broad success and is expanding to include all MCP and MTA certifications and exams within the current MCP certification paths. Badges will also be retroactively issued to those who have previously passed the exams or achieved the certifications. The expansion of the badging program began in April 2017 and is expected to be fully implemented by early July 2017. The list of certifications and exams currently being badged is available below and will be updated as new badges become available.

Do you have unclaimed badges?

You can claim your badge at any time. You can access your badge through any of the badge notifications or reminders sent by Acclaim. If you have deleted those emails, you can create an account on the Acclaim site, using the same email address that Microsoft has on file for you. Your badge will be waiting for you to claim in your account.

Why does Microsoft offer certification badges?

Microsoft wants to provide you with the tools you need to move forward in your career. Your digital badge allows you to easily share the details of your skills in a way that is trusted and verifiable.

Your Microsoft badge empowers you to:

  • Easily share your certification online with your professional network.
  • Find out which employers are looking for individuals with your skills.
  • Discover what kind of salary you could expect to earn in a job that requires your Microsoft skills.
  • Search for new job opportunities associated with your certification, and apply in just a few clicks.

What is a digital badge?

Badges are web-enabled representations of your Microsoft certifications. Your digital badge is made of an image and metadata uniquely linked to you. This ensures that only you can take credit for your achievement.

You can share your digital badge to popular online destinations, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. It can also be embedded in a résumé, your personal website, or an email signature. Anyone who views your badge can select it to learn more about your skills and to verify its authenticity.

Am I eligible for a badge?

The exams and certifications on the following list are currently part of the badging program. Additional badges may be added as the program continues to expand through July 2017.

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications eligible for badges
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams eligible for badges
MCSA certifications eligible for badges
MCSE/MCCS certifications eligible for badges
MCSD certifications 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 receive an automated email from Microsoft with general details on the Microsoft Certification Program. This is automatically followed up with an email notification from Acclaim. To claim your badge:

  1. Select the link in your Acclaim email notification.
  2. Create an account on Acclaim.
  3. Acclaim sends you a confirmation email.
  4. To confirm your account and claim your badge, select the link in that email.

TIP: Once you create an Acclaim account, you can save time by adjusting account settings to automatically accept badges issued to you.

Take advantage of the features that Acclaim offers:

  • Share your badge to LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Download your badge image and URL to embed in a résumé, website, or email signature.
  • Personalize your profile.
  • Explore labor market insights and job opportunities.

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.

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.

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 Acclaim. If you delete those emails, you can create an account on Acclaim site, 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 from Acclaim 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 which are available as a result of your skills. Learn more about Acclaim.

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

If you believe 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.