Introducing Microsoft badges

Now that you have passed an exam or earned a new certification, let the world know about your achievement! Microsoft is partnering with Acclaim to award badges for your certifications.

Since October 21, 2016, Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) who have achieved certain certifications or have passed select exams have received emails from Acclaim with details on how to claim their badges and how to use them to explore opportunities for career advancement. Effective November 18, 2016, Microsoft Technology Associates (MTAs) will also receive notification emails from Acclaim.

Why is Microsoft offering 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?

MCPs who pass the exams or achieve the certifications on the following list, on or after October 21, 2016, will receive badges. Beginning November 11, 2016, badges will be retroactively issued to those who passed the exams or achieved the certifications prior to October 21, 2016, beginning with those certifications which are still active. MTAs will begin receiving badge notifications on November 18, 2016.

The following subsets of exams and certifications are part of the pilot badge program. Additional badges are being evaluated for 2017. More information will be available in the January update.

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