Microsoft Exam and Certification Badges

Let the world know about your achievement as soon as you pass an exam or earn a 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 Credly’s Acclaim platform to award badges for your certification achievements.

Badges are digital representations of your achievements, consisting of an image and metadata uniquely linked to you. When someone views your badge, they can learn more about your skills and verify the badge’s authenticity—ensuring only you can take credit for your skills.

In addition, the look and feel of our badges 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 recognize it as issued by Microsoft.

What is the process for claiming a badge?

Claiming your Microsoft badge is simple. After you’ve earned a certification or passed an exam, you’ll receive a notification email from Microsoft. To claim your first badge:

  1. Click the link in that email.
  2. Create an account on Credly’s Acclaim platform.
  3. Confirm your account by clicking the link in a confirmation email that is generated after you set up your account.

Claiming future badges is as easy as clicking the link in the notification email and logging into our Acclaim account.

Want to simplify that process?

Simply adjust your 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. Note that while the video shows badge email notifications coming from Acclaim, your email notifications will come from Microsoft.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the features offered on Credly’s Acclaim platform:

  • Share your badge on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Download your badge image and URL to embed in a résumé, website, or email signature.
  • Personalize your profile on the Acclaim platform.
  • Explore labor market insights 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 program to 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. All badges that you have earned from Microsoft based on your past certification history are available through the Acclaim platform. Simply log into your account and claim them!

If you don’t have an Acclaim account, you can create an account on the Acclaim* platform site 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 Credly’s Acclaim’s platform, 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.

Am I eligible for a badge?

We issue badges for all active exams and certifications in the Microsoft Certification program with the following exceptions:

  • In cases where passing one exam results in a certification, a badge is issued for the certification rather than the exam.
  • Exam 74-343 Managing Projects with Microsoft Project (retiring July 2019).
  • MOS 2010 Exams (74-881, 74-882, 74-883, 74-884, 74-885, MB2-887, MB2-888).
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Exams (MB2-706, MB2-707, MB2-708, MB2-710, MB2-711, MB2-712, MB2-713, MB2-714).
  • Legacy exams and certifications. Badges are not available for some of our legacy exams and certifications. If you do not see a badge for a legacy exam or certification in your Acclaim profile, we did not issue one for that exam or certification.

If you earned a badge for an exam or certification that has been retired, you can still claim your badge via Credly’s Acclaim platform and share it to other platforms or by email. See the answer to “Do you have unclaimed badges?” in FAQs to learn how.

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?

Credly’s Acclaim platform 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 others who are interested in your skills.

My badge looks different. What changed?

The look and feel of our badges were updated to align with the look and feel the badges that you can earn across all of Microsoft. The new design has the same functionality as before, and we encourage you to share your skills by sharing your badge 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 notification or reminder emails. Or, if you no longer have those emails, you can do so by accessing your Acclaim account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one on the Acclaim platform site* using the same email address that Microsoft has on file for you. Your badge will be in your account. Please note that Microsoft may terminate this digital badging program at any time.

*Please note this link will take you to Credly’s Acclaim’s platform, 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.

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

No, you can adjust the settings in your account on the Acclaim platform to automatically accept badges issued to you. Watch this video to learn how.

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 privacy settings in your account on the Acclaim platform 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 Credly’s Acclaim platform?

The Acclaim platform is an independent badging platform owned by Credly. 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 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 Credly’s support.

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

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

Please note: When badge earners are missing badges from Certiport, it is often due to one of the following reasons:


  1. The default language in your Certiport account is something other than English.
  2. You have two accounts in Certiport’s certification system.

It may help to mention these to Certiport support to assist with troubleshooting.

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 Credly’s Acclaim platform and share it as usual to other platforms or by email.