How to Claim Your Digital Badge—and Why

Selina Winter

Updated 3/6/2018 in red

If you’ve passed a Microsoft certified exam or earned a technical certification, your digital badge awaits. Look for an email from Microsoft (mscert@microsoft.com) or from Acclaim, our badging service. The email contains a link to create an Acclaim account to accept your badge. It’s no problem if you can’t find the emails—just create an account on Acclaim with the same email address that Microsoft has on file for you.

Your Microsoft badge empowers you to:

  • Easily share your certifications and exams with your professional network on LinkedIn, other social channels, and email. Your Microsoft badge contains metadata uniquely linked to you, so when someone views your badge on LinkedIn, for example, they’ll be able to learn more about your skills and to verify its authenticity—ensuring that only you can take credit for your skills.
  • Search for new job opportunities (and salary projections!) associated with your certification and apply in just a few clicks. Accept a badge in your Acclaim account to activate the job data, which is visible only to you as the badge earner.

So, what are you waiting for?

See all Microsoft badges on Acclaim. For more details and FAQs, see our digital badging page which lists the active exams and certifications that are eligible for badges. 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.

Comments
  • Charles Ogden
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    I registered for Acclaim.com when it was first rolled out, took forever to get the badges, still missing several certifications I have received during that timeframe.  If Acclaim's purpose is to share certifications and they cannot provide timely representation or in my instance, representation of MS certifications that I have obtained in the last 12 or so months, it defeats the purpose.  I am presently not using the badges because the most difficult one I have obtained is the most recent, just at a year ago, still no badge.  Inquired 5 times, still no badge.  The sad fact is this is all electronic and can be verified within seconds which tells me Acclaim is not ready for prime time.  Because of this lack of timeliness and inability to correctly show badges for certifications, specifically Microsoft, I do not and will not use this service until such time these issues are rectified.  I hate to be a wet blanket on your post, but this is the reality of my experience going back to 10/20/16.

  • SharepointJack
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    Hello Selina, We are MCSD, MCP, and MCTS and running a sql and sharepoint site and can you allow us to create a blog here on borntolearn because our site was officially listed here as a resource: www.sqlservermanagementstudio.net

  • Lisa Weber
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    @Charles Ogden Selina Winter and I are looking into your comment and will get back to you as soon as we have some concrete news. Thank you for the clear explanation. Sorry this has been frustrating.

  • Ahmed Mohamed
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    Hello Selina ,

    I take Microsoft exam in MCP but I couldn't find its digital badge. why ?

    My exam name is :

    MB6-705: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Installation and Configuration

    Thank you in advance

  • Lisa Weber
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    @SharepointJack At the moment, we're not opening any new blogs, but thank you for your interest.

  • Lisa Weber
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    @Charles Ogden I'm glad we were able to contact you and look into the badges you've redeemed in Acclaim for active exams and certifications. Your post inspired us to update the blog post and the digital badging page to clarify that retired exams and certifications are not included in the badging program. Thank you.

  • Lisa Weber
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    @Ahmed Mohamed The exam you mentioned (MB6-705) was not chosen for the digital badge program when we started it in October 2016, so that’s why you haven’t received a badge for it. Not all exams and certifications were included when we started the badging program. We list all exams and certifications that are eligible for badges on our digital badging page at

    www.microsoft.com/.../badges.aspx

    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.

    Note that your exam was retired on 12/31/2017. Here are some more resources:

    Download this PDF to see all active certifications and exams (including dates that exams are scheduled for retirement):

    download.microsoft.com/.../MCP_Cert_Paths_01_01_18.pdf

    All retired exams are here:

    www.microsoft.com/.../retired-certification-exams.aspx

    I'll update the article to clarify all this. Thank you for your comment and for your interest in certification exams.