Unique Adobe Certification Track

certificationAdobe offers a unique certification track, known as the ACE Specialist certification, which can make professionals familiar with numerous inter-related technologies, as they work together and focus on similar aspects of a specific field. The objective of a Adobe specialist certification is to validate your skills in one medium through which you will be demonstrating your knowledge on a daily basis. These mediums (print, web or video) are the general “topics” under which the required and elective exams are placed. The specialist program is designed as a guiding force for exam participants who are unsure of exactly what tests they should take. It groups together the exams that will most likely be used together or within the same work environment.

Six Adobe specialist certifications are available: Design, Web, Video, Rich Internet Application, Technical Communication, and eLearning Suite. In each one, participants must pass two required exams and one elective exam to earn the certification. All exams must be of the same version product (i.e. only CS4 or CS5 exams can be taken to earn certification). The requirements are noted below:


  • Adobe Design Specialist – InDesign, Acrobat, and one of Photoshop, Illustrator, and FrameMaker
  • Adobe Web Specialist – Flash, Dreamweaver, and one of Photoshop, Illustrator, Flex, and ColdFusion
  • Adobe Video Specialist – Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and one of Flash and After Effects
  • Adobe Rich Internet App. Specialist – Flash, Flex, and one of ColdFusion, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop
  • Adobe Technical Comm. Specialist – RoboHelp, FrameMaker, and one of Captivate and Acrobat
  • Adobe eLearning Suite Specialist – Captivate, Captivate with eLS Extensions, and one of Flash, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver

These Adobe exams are the same as the ones used to secure each individual product certification. The same training resources, including TestsLive practice exams, are available. If you are interested in earning multiple Adobe certifications, this is a great way to do so. Not only will you gain skills in multiple technologies, but you will do so in programs that are fit for your career. The trouble of choosing which products to specialize in is taken away with a specialist certification.


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