You can say "counts as" informally. Could that be what you heard?
Hey, does the lettuce and tomato on my hamburuger count as a salad?
Making the cut means that there is a cut-off score, and you are above the required score. Say you took a test, and you have to score an 85 out of 100 to be allowed to take the next level class. If you scored an 86, you made the cut.
However, your usage won't work.
Student or Learner