Adobe is a leading purveyor of graphics, design, publishing, video and interactive web development tools. In support of its software platforms and tool suites, the company offers the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) credential, which covers a broad range of interactive and online content areas. Candidates can certify on a single Adobe product, such as Dreamweaver, or achieve an ACE Specialist or Master certification.
The ACE Specialist tracks include Data Specialist, Web Specialist, Video Specialist, Rich Internet Application Specialist, Technical Communication Specialist and eLearning Suite Specialist. Each track has two or three required exams, and candidates choose an elective exam.
The ACE Master tracks are CS Design Master, CS Web Master and CS Video Master (CS stands for Creative Suite). Candidates must pass the current exam for each product in the suite.
Adobe certification exams are reasonably priced at $180, and Adobe certs are valid for two years. Adobe also offers numerous prep resources for its exams, and the more popular elements of its exam portfolio are supported fairly well with aftermarket books, practice exams and other ancillary materials.
There’s a high demand for Adobe-savvy professionals. As long as you’re ready and willing to keep up with Adobe’s two-year renewal requirement, it’s a great area in which to pursue certification and stay current and competitive in this field.
Single-product certifications are available for many products, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign.Specialist credentials:
• Design Specialist
• Web Specialist
• Video Specialist
• Rich Internet Application Specialist
• Technical Communication Specialist
• eLearning Suite SpecialistMaster credentials:
• CS Design Master
• CS Web Master
• CS Video Master
Number of Exams
Specialist: Two or three plus one elective
Master: One exam for every product in the chosen suiteNote: Specialist and Master exams track the same version, for example, all CS5 or all CS6
Cost per Exam
Most certification exams are $180 each; recertification exams $60 USD. Exams are administered by Pearson VUE