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Steps to Becoming an Adobe Certified Expert

By  Sep 23, 2008

Topics: Certification

Let us leave to the side for the moment some of the needless complexity and conflicting information in Adobe certifications (covered in my last piece in this series). Today we shall focus on how to become an Adobe Certified Expert, or ACE.

Our Adobe.com page reference for today's post is this one:

Adobe.com: Become an Adobe Certified Expert in four easy steps

According to Adobe, those four steps are as follows:

  1. Choose a certification
  2. Register for the exam (Pearson VUE or Prometric)
  3. Prepare for the exam
  4. Get involved with the Adobe community and keep abreast concerning recertification requirements

Choosing a Certification Track

Adobe divides their ACE program into three categories:

* Single product certification

* Specialist certification

* Master certification

A single-product ACE is an Adobe professional who wants to validate his or her expertise with a single Adobe product, such as the following:

  • Acrobat
  • After Effects
  • GoLive
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Premiere

On the other hand, a specialist ACE is geared toward using multiple Adobe applications by virtue of his or her job role (i.e., Print specialist, Web specialist, or Video specialist).

Please visit the The Become an Adobe Certified Expert page to view Adobe's requirement's matrix for the three ACE specialist tracks.

For example, if I wanted to earn my ACE as a Web specialist, I would have to pass the following three exams:

  • Dreamweaver or GoLive
  • Photoshop
  • Acrobat Print Production or Illustrator

Finally, there is the ACE Master certification. Here you must pass all exams in an entire Adobe product suite.

The key issue here, friends, is versioning. You may be an expert in, say, Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, but how would you feel about taking a certification exam on MACROMEDIA Dreamweaver?

As I mentioned in my last post, in my humble or no-so-humble opinion, Adobe is doing a dreadful job in maintaining their certification program--just dreadful. In a future post this week I will help you figure out how to ensure that you are taking the "latest and greatest" version of your desired Adobe certification exams.

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