Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)

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Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) certification demonstrates professional-level skills and expertise with one or more of Adobe's graphic design or digital communication products. An education plan including Adobe ACE certification(s) can help prepare you for a range of creative design careers, such as graphic designer or web developer.

ACE certifications are achieved by passing one or more product-specific Adobe certification exams. Adobe offers three distinct levels of ACE certification:

3 Levels of Adobe Certified Expert Credentials

1 ACE Product Certifications recognize the certificate holder as an Adobe Certified Expert in a single Adobe product, such as, ACE, Adobe Photoshop CS5, or ACE, Adobe Dreamweaver CS6.

2 ACE Specialist Certifications recognize the certificate holder as an Adobe Certified Expert in multiple Adobe products across a Specific Medium, e.g., ACE, Adobe Design Specialist, or ACE, Adobe Web Specialist.

3ACE Master Certifications recognize the certificate holder as an Adobe Certified Expert in an entire Adobe product suite, such as, ACE, CS5 Design Master, or ACE, CS6 Video Master.

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ACE Product Certifications

List of single product Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) credentials:

adobe ace photoshop cs6 ACE, Photoshop
adobe ace illustrator ACE, Illustrator
adobe ace indesign ACE, InDesign
adobe ace flash pro ACE, Flash
adobe cs6 dreamweaver ACE, Dreamweaver
adobe ace acrobat pro ACE, Acrobat Pro
adobe ace after effects ACE, AfterEffects
adobe-cs5-coldfusion ACE, ColdFusion
adobe ace captivate ACE, Captivate
adobe ace flex ACE Flex
adobe ace premiere pro ACE, Premiere Pro
adobe ace framemaker ACE, FrameMaker
adobe ace robohelp ACE, RoboHelp
adobe ace flash lite ACE, Flash Lite 2.0 Mobile Developer
adobe ace livecycle core ACE, LiveCycle ES2 Core
adobe ace livecycle process automation ACE, LiveCycle ES2 Process Automation

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ACE Specialist Certifications

  • ACE, Design Specialist
  • ACE, Web Specialist
  • ACE, Video Specialist
  • ACE, Rich Internet Application Specialist
  • ACE, Technical Communications Specialist

To become an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Specialist, an ACE must pass all required (R) exams and any one elective (E) within any given certification track in the table below.

Design Specialist
Web Specialist
Video Specialist
Rich Internet App. Specialist
Technical Comm. Specialist
ACE, Adobe Photoshop
ACE, Adobe InDesign
ACE, Adobe Dreamweaver
ACE, Adobe Illustrator
ACE, Adobe Acrobat
ACE, Adobe Premiere Pro
ACE, Adobe After Effects
ACE, Adobe ColdFusion
ACE, Adobe Flash
ACE, Adobe Flex
ACE, Adobe FrameMaker
ACE, Adobe RoboHelp
ACE, Adobe Captivate

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ACE Master Certifications

To become an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Master, you must pass the current exam for each product in an entire suite. All ACE exams must be the same version, e.g., all CS4 or all CS6 to meet the ACE Master requirements.

CS Design Master

  • ACE, Acrobat Professional
  • ACE, InDesign
  • ACE, Illustrator
  • ACE, Photoshop

CS Web Master

  • ACE, Acrobat Professional
  • ACE, Dreamweaver
  • ACE, Flash
  • ACE, Illustrator
  • ACE, Photoshop

CS Video Master

  • ACE, AfterEffects
  • ACE, Flash
  • ACE, Illustrator
  • ACE, Photoshop
  • ACE, Premiere

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Course Highlights

A.S. Graphic Design

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Associate
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Adobe CS Design with Dreamweaver, Flash, InDesign, Acrobat, Illustrator & Photoshop
  • Design Fundamentals and Color Concept
  • Digital Photography & Image Manipulation
  • Design Web 2.0 Sites & Social Media Hubs
  • Marketing Collateral, Brand & Logo Design
  • Perspective, 3D Drawing & Package Design
  • 2D Print Design and Typography Training
  • Creative Design Digital Portfolio Assembly

BFA - Studio and Digital Arts: Graphic Design

  • Method: Online
  • Degree Level: Bachelor
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Gain the Skills and Knowledge to Pursue a Range of Graphic Design Career Paths
  • Advanced Training in Adobe Creative Suite
  • 2D/3D Graphic Design and Animation
  • Typography, Layout and Font Design
  • Web Development and UI/UX Design
  • Digital Photography & Image Editing
  • In-Depth Studies into Art History

B.S. Game Art & Design

  • Method: Online or On-Campus
  • Degree Level: Bachelor
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Advanced Game Theory and Storytelling
  • Video Game Programming and Scripting
  • Digital Image Editing in Adobe Photoshop
  • Advanced 2D/3D Modeling and Animation
  • Camera and Lighting Tools & Techniques
  • Design Rich 3D Game Worlds and Levels
  • Game Design Team/Project Management
  • User Interface Design & Usability Testing
  • Game Art Designer Portfolio Development

M.F.A. Media Design

  • Method: Online Degree
  • Degree Level: Master
  • Accredited School: Yes
  • Financial Aid Available: Yes
  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree
  • Explore the Tactics & Planning Behind Design
  • Craft a Cohesive Brand Identity & Media Plan
  • Use SWOT Analysis for Strategic Art Decisions
  • Define and Meet Clients' Specific Design Needs
  • Media Design Team and Project Management
  • Learn how to Write Effective and Unique Copy
  • Plan the Look & Feel of Professional Websites
  • Learn how to Measure Design Project Success
  • Designer Ethics and Intellectual Property Law

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Adobe Certification Salary

Average salaries for Adobe certified professionals:

  • Adobe Certified Expert salary: $71,000
  • Adobe Certified Associate salary: $38,000


Adobe Certified Expert Testimonials

When reviewing designers resumes, one of the hardest things to discern is the applicant's actual knowledge of a program. I can't tell you how many people I come across who call themselves "advanced" or "expert," but don't know a layer mask from a Halloween mask!

However, when I see an Adobe Certified Expert listing on the resume, I know the person has a decent knowledge of the program. While they may not be true "experts," they have shown an ability to take a comprehensive test that can only be passed by being familiar with the software. More importantly, they show they have the ability to study and learn -- a relatively rare find in today's world.

-David Creamer of I.D.E.A.S. Training

I started working in Adobe Pagemaker® back in 1987. I’ve worked with all the Adobe products over the years. I’m also a technical trainer, and have been doing that since 1992. I use the ACE logo on my business card. People recognize Adobe. The biggest question I get from people is ‘what do you have to do to become a certified expert?’ and they ask me if the test is hard. I say yes! The tests are thorough. You have to really know the product.

Above all, what I value about being an ACE is the credibility that it brings to what I do professionally. It’s one thing to say you’re an instructor, and you know the product, but quite another to say that you’ve been certified by Adobe in a particular area.

-Debbi Correia, Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)

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