Changes Coming for the Adobe Certified Associate Program

We’re changing and updating our programs to stay current with technology trends and industry forecasts. You may have heard at our CERTIFIED conference that we’re making big shifts with our Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) program. Starting in June 2021, Adobe Certified Associate will be officially called Adobe Certified Professional.

What does this change mean for you?

  • 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 like a working professional’s workflow. We are excited to align the name of the certification program with the level of skills that candidates demonstrate.

In addition to the new program name, in August 2020, the role-based credentials, known currently as “Specialist” credentials, will have new titles and requirements that match the change to Adobe Certified Professional certification.

To earn a new role-based credential, candidates must achieve a passing score on one specific exam, as well as a passing score on one of the other two exams as listed below. Any version of the Live-in-the-App exams will qualify.

  • 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

Certiport and Adobe are excited for these new shifts. The new program name will make it easier for others to recognize the certified individuals as professionals. The requirement changes in the role-based credentials will allow many educators and students to focus more thoroughly on software relevant to their chosen career paths.

Ready to learn more? Contact your regional Certiport representative for additional information.