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 Web Specialist, Design Specialist, Video Specialist, Rich Internet Application Specialist, Technical Communication Specialist and eLearning Suite Specialist. Each track has two or three required exams and candidate 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's certification exams are reasonably priced at $180 for initial credentialing and a mere $60 for recertification exams. Adobe certs are valid for two years. Adobe also offers numerous resources for all of its exams, and the more popular elements of its exam portfolio are pretty well supported 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.
Table 1: ACE Facts & Figures
|Certification Name||Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)|
|Prerequisites & Required Courses||No prerequisites
Single product certifications are available for many products, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and more
|Number of Exams||Single-product: One exam
Specialist: Two or three exams plus one elective
Master: One exam for every product in the chosen suite
Note: Specialist and Master exams track the same version, for example, all CS5 or all CS6
|Cost per Exam|