ACE college credit for certification exams

Certification for students

Founded in 1918, American Council on Education (ACE) is the only major higher education association to represent all types of United State (U.S.) accredited, degree-granting institutions, including two-year and four-year, public and private. Their members educate two out of every three students in all accredited, degree-granting U.S. institutions.

Microsoft asked ACE to review specific certification exams for recommendation for college credit. Reviews were conducted by subject-matter expert college and university faculty, each of whom taught in related academic areas. The review team analyzed materials, validated learning outcomes and competencies, and recommended post-secondary credit based on its findings.

After successfully earning specific certifications, learners can apply for credit hours through their ACE member school. To find ACE member schools that review Microsoft certifications for college credits, view the ACE Credit College & University Partnerships page.

Approved Microsoft Certification Exams

As of 2020, the following Microsoft certification exams were reviewed and are approved for credit under ACE:

# Exam title ACE ID 2020 Recommendation
1 Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator MLS0058 Upper-division; 2 SH in information technology or information systems
2 Exam AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure MLS0060 Lower-division; 2 SH in information technology or information systems
3 Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals MLS0054 Lower-division; 2 SH in cloud computing or information technology
4 Exam DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure MLS0061 Lower-division; 3 SH in information technology information systems, or programming
5 Exam MB-901: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals MLS0055 Upper-division; 3 SH in enterprise resource management systems or information systems management
6 Exam MD-100: Windows 10 MLS0059 Lower-division; 3 SH in information technology or information systems
7 Exam MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops MLS0059 Lower-division; 3 SH in information technology or information systems
8 Exam MS-900: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals MLS0057 Lower-division; 3 SH in computer application management, computer application support, or software management
9 Exam PL-900: Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals MLS0056 Lower-division; 2 SH in information technology or data science

How to send an official third-party certification transcript to your college/university

If you want to send an official transcript to the registrar at a college or university, the process for ordering one is as follows:

  1. Log in to your account on Credly’s Acclaim platform.
  2. Access your account menu in the upper right of the screen and select “Send Transcript”.
  3. Enter information carefully, as this is an official document. To order a transcript, you will need:
    • Your full legal name and date of birth so the institution can identify you in their system.
    • The name and/or department and email address for the recipient of the transcript. Look on the college’s website for information about where to send transfer transcripts, as it varies with each institution.
  4. When everything is entered, click “Continue”.
  5. Before you order, click on “View Transcript” to download a free copy. We recommend you use this copy of the transcript to check that all of your credentials are displayed correctly before you send an official version. If a credential is missing on your transcript but it shows up on your profile, check to make sure that the credential is set to “Public” so that it can be included.
  6. Click “Send” and look for the pop up to let you know it’s been delivered.

For more details view Credly's Transcript Feature video.

NOTE: You can also keep the downloaded copy for your records. However, do not send a copy of your transcript to a college yourself. Most institutions will consider a transcript sent by a student as unofficial and will not accept it.

How to claim your Microsoft Badge

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

  1. Click the link in the email you received.
  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.

For future badges, claiming them is as easy as clicking the link in the notification email and logging into our Acclaim account.

Getting help

The Acclaim Help Center has many guides for how to use your digital credentials, but if you can’t find the answers to a technical question, you can submit a help request.

If you have competed a course or exam but have not received an invitation email to accept a badge, do the following:

If you already have a transcript from ACE’s CREDIT service with courses from other providers, you may need to contact the ACE Student Resource Center to get your new accomplishments added to your transcript. As we move all of our educational partners to Credly’s Acclaim platform, we will phase out the old transcript portal you previously used. Keep an eye out for information from CREDIT about moving your credentials to Credly.

The ACE Student Resource Center can also help if you are having trouble communicating with an institution or if they have questions about the transcript you sent. You can email the resource center at or call Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m Pacific.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is college credit?

A. College credits measure the number of applied hours that are recognized for successful completion of a particular course of study.

Q. Do I need to have taken the full content course for college credit?

A. No, the passing of the certification is what is used to recommend college credit.

Q. What is the difference in the badge and transcript?

A. The badge is a digital symbol that you’ve passed a certification and can be used to highlight on sites such as LinkedIn. The transcript is an official document when submitted to the registrar’s office of an institution will accept it as official completion of a exam.

Q. If I have questions regarding my certification, where do I go for support?

A. For exams taken at a Certiport Test Center refer to the Certiport customer service page. For exams taken at a Pearson Vue Test Center or Pearson Vue Online refer to the certification help page.

Q. If I have questions on how to request ACE credit, where should I go?

A. The Acclaim Help Center has many guides for how to use your digital credentials, but if you can’t find the answers to a technical question, you can submit a help request.

Q. Where can I find out if my college takes ACE Credit?

A. You can check for your institution on the ACE Credit College & University Partnerships page.

Q. Where can I learn more about ACE and other exams they support?

A. You can search for other exams on the ACE website at ACE Credit System.

Q. How long does an ACE recommendation last for Microsoft exams?

A. Three years.

Q. How do I apply my ACE credit recommendations to a degree program at a college or university I plan to attend?

A. If you have earned a Microsoft certification which is ACE eligible you should contact the admissions office at the institution to see if credit is available.