Receive College Credit for 21 Certifications/Exams in the US

Receive College Credit for 21 Certifications/Exams in the US

Alissa Goldstein (Microsoft)

Hello Born to Learners,

After a deep dive into Microsoft Learning certification, the American Council on Education College Recommendation Reviewers (ACE), has recommended 21 Microsoft exams/certifications for college credit! 

By connecting Microsoft Certification with college credit, it helps us bridge the gap to merging workforce training with higher education.  Now, when you pass one of the 21 recommended Microsoft certifications/exams, you are able to receive college credit!  In addition, if you have taken the exams within the last 3 years you can also get credit through the ACE transcript service.  By receiving a college equivalency recommendation, this also makes Microsoft certifications eligible for Corporate Tuition Assistance!  This means that if your company offers Corporate Tuition Assistance as a benefit and you would like to take a Microsoft Certification, 21 are now eligible for Corporate Tuition Assistance Funding.  Please keep in mind that each company has differing policies, so please connect with your Human Resources department for more information. 

To learn more about the certifications and exams recommended for college credit, please visit the ACE National Guide for a description of Microsoft Learning, details on each certifications/exams, and next steps for receiving credit. 

Below is a list of the certifications/exams, credit recommendation, and associated level (lower = community college and freshman – sophomore; upper = more senior level)

Certification Title

 Credit Hours

Level

1.      Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator Windows Server 2008

4

Upper

2.      Microsoft Certified IT Professional:  Server Administrator, Windows Server 2008

3

Lower

3.      Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) Windows Server 2003

3

Lower

4.      Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on Windows Server 2003

6

3 Upper, 3 Lower

5.      Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Database Administrator, SQL 2005

3

Lower

6.      Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Database Developer, SQL 2005

3

Upper

7.      Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: .Net Framework 2.0 Web Applications, Visual Studio 2005

2

Lower

8.      Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007– Configuration

1

Lower

9.      Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Messaging Administrator, Exchange 2007

3

Lower

10.   Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

1

Lower

11.   Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Database Administrator, SQL Server 2008

2

Upper

12.   Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Database Developer, SQL Server 2008

2

Upper

13.   Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications, Visual Studio 2008

2

Lower

14.   Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7, Windows 7

2

Lower

15.   Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007–Configuring

2

Lower

16.   Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Managing Projects

1

Lower

17.   Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Messaging Administrator, Exchange 2010

2

Lower

18.   Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Virtualization, Configuration

2

Lower

19.   Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization

2

Upper

20.  Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server 2005

1

Lower

21.  Microsoft Windows Vista Configuration

1

Lower

In addition to Microsoft Technical Certifications, you may also receive college credit for passing Microsoft Office Certifications for 2003, 2007 and 2007! Visit our Microsoft Learning Website for more information 

Interested in getting credit? Follow these steps:

1.   ENROLL IN THE ACE TRANSCRIPT SERVICE

  • Register online with ACE at http://www.acenet.edu/transcripts/register. Once enrolled in the ACE Transcript Service, you can list all of your educational achievements, including Microsoft Certifications and Exams on your ACE transcript. An ACE transcript is a secure, universally accepted document with easy-to-read descriptions, ACE college credit recommendations, and suggested transfer areas. The transcript can be sent at any time to the college or university of your choice.

2.  SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATIONS FOR VERIFICATION

  • After you have registered with ACE, you will be able to search the ACE Course Catalog for the exams you have passed. Microsoft Technical Certifications are listen under Microsoft Corporation, and Microsoft Office Specialist certifications are listed the organization Certiport. Add the certifications that you have earned to your ACE course list. You will need to enter the date that you received with each certification. When you are finished adding exams to your course list, select “Send Your Record for Review” to send your exams to Certiport to verify. Once your courses have been verified by Certiport and Prometric (Exam Delivery Providers) you will receive an e-mail confirmation from ACE. After you have received your e-mail from ACE, you can access your updated ACE transcript.

3.   SEND YOUR ACE TRANSCRIPT TO YOUR SCHOOL

  •  Log in to the ACE website at www.acenet.edu/transcripts and submit a transcript request to ACE. ACE will forward your official ACE transcript to the college or university of your choice. At that time, you will need to pay a one-time fee (currently $40 USD) to activate your ACE Transcript account. The fee covers the cost of your first transcript. Additional transcripts can be requested for a nominal fee.  

Thank you!

Alissa Goldstein

Program Manager, IT Academy

[8/30/10 Editor's Note] - If you're having trouble finding the courses, use this link: http://www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseaction=browse.getOrganizationDetail&FICE=1006810 or select their National Guide and you'll find Microsoft under M

 

Comments
  • Anonymous
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    They have not posted any of the Microsoft Certifications listed above on their transcript service (Specifically all of the ones under Microsoft Corporation.  All of the Certiport ones are there.  Do you know when these will be added?

  • bdaytech
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    Same thing here, none of the Microsoft Corporation ones are listed.

  • Anonymous
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    Hey Now Alissa,

    Great post!

    Thx 4 the info,

    Catto

  • Anonymous
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    I see nothing at all pertaining to MS certs, either.  Is there some mistake here?  Sounds like a great system, but not a functional one at this time.

  • Anonymous
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    I found the MOS - Great value Add to my CERTs. Thanks for the POST and details.

  • Anonymous
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    Still nothing there under Microsoft Corporation.  Did this article jump the gun or did they remove the MS option?

  • Anonymous
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    I wish there was a similar option for Australians.

  • Anonymous
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    Hi, I wanted to post the latest news about ACE Accreditation exams directly from Certiport:

    Certiport is currently accredited with ACE for Office Worker Certifications on most of our Microsoft certification exams.  These exams include Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2003 Word, Word Expert, Excel, Excel Expert, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access and MOS 2007 Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and MOS 2007 Vista is also accredited and avaialble.

    Certiport has recently released MOS 2010 Word and Excel exams for testing and certification with the other Office exams to follow.  In September 2010 Certiport will submit to ACE a request for accreditation with ACE for all MOS 2010 exams.  This means that students who wish to earn class credits with their college for passing an MOS 2010 certification exam can expect the accreditation process to be completed sometime in early 2011.

  • Anonymous
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    If anybody wants to see the latest exams that have been accredited and when the MOS 2010 exams are approved from ACE visit www.certiport.com/.../DesktopDefault.aspx on the Certiport Website (http://certiport.com).

  • Anonymous
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    Still nothing for Microsoft Corporation.  Technical certs are listed for Army and Career Tech Services only.

  • Anonymous
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    I've checked several times and even submitted a ticket with ACE.  No listing for Microsoft Corporation yet or any of the technical exams.

  • Anonymous
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    The Microsoft Corporation Exams are now up there...

  • Anonymous
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    I'm not seeing any of the Microsoft Corporation Exams... am I looking under the wrong place? I've searched under Organization Name and nothing is returned.

  • Erwin Chan (Microsoft)
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    Hi all - just synced with Alissa and here's her response:

    "It is pretty had to find on the American Council on Education website, but the user should visit ACE, and select their National Guide and under ‘M’ is Microsoft (www2.acenet.edu/credit)

    Then there is a list of all of the 21 certifications/exams that a student can receive credit for"

    Just checked the link and it works :)

  • Anonymous
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    I called and spoke with the lady at the ACE. The link you provided, Erwin, is to view the certifications. According to the ACE rep. I spoke with Microsoft is not registered on their website so we can submit through there. They said I need to talk to someone from Microsoft/Learning/Microsoft Certified Professional support and have my MCP transcript forwarded to the ACE on my behalf.

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