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Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)

The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA), soon to be called Adobe Certified Professional, certification is an industry-recognized credential that effectively validates one’s expertise in the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. Those who possess the ACA certification can confidently prove that they have the skills and knowledge to meet the demands of today’s design industry.

Whether you are an educator helping digital-media students prepare for college or career, or a student looking for a competitive advantage, or perhaps a company looking for qualified creators, Adobe Certified Associate can make a difference.

Prove that you have the skills to work with multiple Adobe software applications. Earn three Adobe Verified Association certifications and you will receive an ACA Specialist certificate for Web or Visual Design. Learn more here.

Something new is coming your way in June 2021…

New Names and Requirements for Adobe Certified Associate

Starting in June 2021, Adobe Certified Associate will be officially called Adobe Certified Professional. 

  • Certifications received through the CC 2018 exams and newer will retroactively adopt the Adobe Certified Professional name in June 2021.
  • Certifications received through the CC 2015 exams will remain as Adobe Certified Associate.
  • Candidates who wish to take the CC 2015 exams after June 2021 will access the exams through the Adobe Certified Professional program in Compass. The certifications and badges, however, will show Adobe Certified Associate.

The release of the CC 2018 Live-in-the-App exams marked a significant change in the program. These new exams ask students to perform projects similar to a working professional’s workflow. We are excited to align the name of the certification program with the level of skills that candidates demonstrate.

Adobe Certified Professional in Visual/Web/Video Design

Ready to show off your cross-platform skills? By earning 2 or more Adobe Certified Associate certifications, you can receive Adobe Certified Professional in Visual/Web/Video Design credential!

Here are the requirements:

You must pass one specific exam and one of the other two exams as listed below. Exam versions must be CC 2018 or newer.

  • Adobe Certified Professional in Visual Design = Photoshop (required) + Illustrator or InDesign
  • Adobe Certified Professional in Video Design = Premiere Pro (required) + Photoshop or After Effects
  • Adobe Certified Professional in Web Design = Dreamweaver (required) + Animate or Photoshop

What is Adobe Certified Professional in Visual/Web/Video Design?

Adobe Certified Professional in Visual Design

The Adobe Certified Professional in Visual Design validates the individual’s expertise in creating and designing holistic digital aesthetics using Adobe Creative Cloud. This certification requires professional-level skills and knowledge to effectively create and develop digital creative assets.

You must pass one specific exam and one of the other two exams: Adobe Certified Professional in Visual Design = Photoshop (required) + Illustrator or InDesign

Adobe Certified Professional in Web Design

The Adobe Certified Professional in Web Design validates the individual’s expertise in designing and building web pages using Adobe Creative Cloud. It requires professional-level skills and knowledge to effectively design and develop websites, layouts, and user interface.

You must pass one specific exam and one of the other two exams: Adobe Certified Professional in Web Design = Dreamweaver (required) + Animate or Photoshop

Adobe Certified Professional in Video Design

The Adobe Certified Professional in Video Design validates the individual’s expertise in creating and editing videos using Adobe Creative Cloud. It requires professional-level skills and knowledge to effectively create graphics, animations, and special effects.

You must pass one specific exam and one of the other two exams: Adobe Certified Professional in Video Design = Premiere Pro (required) + Photoshop or After Effects

Why should I earn Adobe Certified Professional in Visual/Web/Video Design?

Earning an Adobe Certified Professional in Visual/Web/Video Design certification proves that you have the capability to operate multiple platforms to accomplish your projects. It also shows that you are proactive, resourceful, and nimble. It recognizes you as a professional that you are.

ACA (ACP) certification is an industry-recognized credential that effectively validates one’s skills in Adobe digital-media software. Get certified in the following: