Adobe Certified Associateaca

Because creativity can change the world

ACA certification is an industry-recognized credential that effectively validates one’s skills in Adobe digital-media software. Get certified in the following:

  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro

Note: All exam languages can be viewed on the exam releases page.

*These materials are not comprehensive across all the exam objectives.

Adobe Certified Associate in multiplatform animation using Adobe Animate CC

ACA icon AnWith the evolution from Flash Professional to Animate CC, the Adobe Certified Associate certification is also changing. The Adobe Animate CC exam incorporates the updates and enhancements found in the new software. The Animate CC exam validates an individual’s skills using the premier animation tool. The ACA Animate CC exam proves a student has the skills necessary to create dynamic and engaging content required for a career in animation and design.

ACA Animate CC certification is available for Creative Cloud (CC) version of Adobe software.

Adobe Animate: Exam objectives | Exam languages and versions

Web authoring using Adobe Dreamweaver

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Dreamweaver:
Is an all-in one visual development tool that allows you to create, publish, and manage websites across several different codes including Javascript, PHP, and XML. Manage websites in real time through an advanced, user-friendly platform.

Adobe Dreamweaver software is the industry standard for creating and editing compelling HTML rich media websites and mobile apps. Through the use of Fluid Grid Layout, designers construct complex web designs with adaptive layouts for a whole new level of cross-platform compatibility.

Key Features: Multiple code compatible (Javascript, PHP, XML, CSS), Quick CSS editing within HTML files, Intuitive User Interface, Code type color coding, Creative Cloud Libraries, Live View, Adobe Stock Integrated

Organizational Benefits of Dreamweaver Training: Learning Dreamweaver is a valuable skill and highly demanded in e-commerce related fields. Training and certification the program provides employees with the knowledge required to become advanced, highly effective web developers. The course will teach powerful techniques for creating unique, dynamic websites, using trend setting exercises and case studies.

Adobe Dreamweaver: Exam objectives | Exam languages and versions

Interactive media using Adobe Flash Professional

ACA icon FlAdobe Flash Professional is a powerful authoring environment for creating animation and multimedia content. Users design immersive interactive experiences that present consistently across desktops and multiple devices, including tablets, smartphones, and televisions.

Adobe Flash: Exam objectives | Exam languages and versions

Graphic design & illustration using Adobe Illustrator

ACA icon AiIllustrator: Adobe Illustrator software is the industry’s premier vector-drawing environment for creating scalable graphics. Digital media gurus bring their unique vision to life with shapes, color, effects, and typography by using a host of powerful functions to make fast work of their most complex designs.

An advanced vector image program used by many graphic designers and artists in order to create company logos, advertising material, and illustrations. It uses a combination of layers and artboards at the core of its work-flow engine to enable object transformation.

Key Features: Perspective drawing, Drawing enhancements, multiple artboards, Roundtrip with Flash Catalyst, Pattern Creation, Gradient Applications

Organizational Benefits of Illustrator Training: Companies that benefit the most from training in Illustrator are those who focus on areas such as graphic design, 3D modeling and computer aided design, illustration, product/packaging design, and web design. Certification in this program will provide skills in vector graphics, logo design, digital and technical illustration, and typography.

Adobe Illustration: Exam objectives | Exam languages and versions

Print & digital media publication using Adobe InDesign

ACA icon IdInDesign:Adobe InDesign is a powerful tool that sets the industry’s new standard for print and digital page layout. Offering pixel-perfect control over design and typography, users can create elegant and engaging page layouts for print or digital media. And with so many powerful new features, certified students verify more advanced skill using InDesign than their non-certified peers.

InDesign a desktop publishing software application that can be used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, and books. It is ideal for layout formatting text in both print and digital, including for tablets and ebooks.

Key Features: EPUB file format compatible, Customization friendly User Interface,Color Themes for quick edits, Object Styles, Creative Cloud Libraries for text management, Adobe Stock integrated

Organizational Benefits of InDesign Training: InDesign training is important for companies that specialize in print format communications, and those that deal heavily with the publishing and written media industries. In addition, graphic designers also benefit from certification as it is unparalleled in working with multi-paged documents.

Adobe InDesign: Exam objectives | Exam languages and versions

Visual design using Photoshop

ACA icon PsPhotoshop: Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard image editing software, used worldwide by professional photographers, amateur photographers, and designers who want to perfect their digital images by going beyond what is captured by the camera.

Vector and Pixel based image editor that uses a layer-based editing system enabling image creation and alteration through multiple overlays, complete with automation features that reduce repetition.

Key Features: Smart Sharpen (texture and color auto enhancement), Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Edge Reflow, 360 Panorama Editing, High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) support, Creative Cloud Libraries

Organizational Benefits of Photoshop Training: Training and certifications in this program have benefits both to the individual editor and the company as a whole. Photoshop allows photographers to greatly reduce time spent in editing through memorization of key functions. By integrating these skills into the organization, costs spent on marketing materials are reduced, web design improved, and capitalization of social media is increased.

Adobe Photoshop: Exam objectives | Exam languages and versions

Digital video using Adobe Premiere Pro

ACA icon PrPremier:With the rapid advancement of video and multi-media technology, Adobe Premiere Pro helps produce and edit productions more fluidly than ever before. And users don’t need a box-office budget to back their next great feature film—just the skills.

Is a video editing application that is an industry-leading tool in media and film production. Suitable for both amateur and professional use, it integrated with other Adobe applications, including Photoshop.

Key Features: Mac and PC compatible, Editing finesse through Timeline, Lumetri Deep Color Engine, Adobe Anywhere integration, closed captioning, Link and Locate, Remix

Organizational Benefits of Premiere Training: Comprehensive tips and tricks, productivity shortcuts, will reduce time on production. Learning the Premier workflow is an asset to any organization that produces video based advertising, internal training, or specialized communications (blog or social media content).

Adobe Premiere Pro: Exam objectives | Exam languages and versions

Exam details

Exam releases (including languages)
ACAX+ = Recently Released

X = Released

“Date” = Planned Release Date

“Blank” = Unavailable/Undetermined

ACA CC 2015 Exams

ACA CC 2015 Exams Products English
Photoshop Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Illustrator Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
InDesign Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Premiere Pro Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test
Dreamweaver Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Animate Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X

ACA CC 2013 Exams

ACA CC 2013 Exams Products English
Photoshop Exam
GMetrix Practice Test
Illustrator Exam
GMetrix Practice Test
InDesign Exam
GMetrix Practice Test
Premiere Pro Exam
GMetrix Practice Test X
Flash Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X

ACA CS6 Exams

ACA CS6 Exams Products English
Photoshop Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Illustrator Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
InDesign Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Premiere Pro Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Dreamweaver Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Flash Exam X
GMetrix Practice Test X
Exam retirement
ACAWith the retirement of the Online Test Delivery System on December 31, 2017, the remaining CC 2013 Exams in Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese Traditional, and Spanish are now retired.

  • ACA CC 2013: NLD, PTB, CHT, ESM
  • ACA CC 2015 and CS6 exams: retired from the Online Test Delivery Platform, but will still be available through Console 8.
Exam lengths

ACAACA Creative Cloud 2015 (each exam is 50 minutes):

  • Photoshop – 40 Questions
  • Illustrator – 40 Questions
  • InDesign – 40 Questions
  • Dreamweaver – 40 Questions
  • Premiere Pro – 40 Questions
  • Animate – 50 Questions

ACA CS6:

  • Photoshop – 41 Questions (50 minutes)
  • Illustrator – 40 Questions (50 minutes)
  • InDesign – 40 Questions (50 minutes)
  • Flash – 40 Questions (50 minutes)
  • Dreamweaver – 41 Questions (45 minutes)
  • Premiere Pro – 42 Questions (50 minutes)
Retake policies
  • ACAIf a candidate fails their first (1st) attempt to pass any Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification exam, there is one-day waiting period for retaking the failed exam a second (2nd) time. One day is defined as 24 hours after the exam was first started.
  • If a candidate does not pass the exam the second (2nd) time, the candidate must wait for a period of at least five (5) calendar days from the date of their last attempt to retake the exam a third (3rd) or any subsequent time.
  • This policy applies to both voucher-based and site-license-based Certiport centers.
  • All original vouchers must be used prior to their expiration dates, without exception.
  • Retake vouchers must be used within 60 days of the initial failed exam. If a retake was purchased, the retake voucher is sent by email after a failed exam.
  • Test results found to be in violation of this retake policy will result in the candidate not being awarded the attempted credential, regardless of score.