Adobe offers a suite of multimedia software applications. The company mostly focuses on creativity applications, but it has recently ventured into developing Internet application software. Its most popular applications are Adobe Flash, Flex, ColdFusion, Photoshop and Dreamweaver.
Because Adobe is one of the most widely used software applications throughout the world, proficiency in its applications is a sought after skill set among employers of technical professionals. Adobe certification is available at three levels, Adobe Certified Associate (ACA), Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI).
Certifications are not educational programs, so for the first certification exam there are no prerequisites. But for each subsequent exam, test-takers must hold the certification below it. However, most people who earn Adobe certifications already finished undergraduate-level computer science degree programs.
Adobe Certificate Programs
ACA certification tests students on entry-level skills in multimedia design, planning and building. ACE certification is available to those with professional experience in Adobe applications. In order to take this exam, Adobe professionals must pass proficiency tests for at least one Adobe product. ACI certification is available to ACE-certified professionals. In order to take this examination, test-takers must also have a teaching credential.
Preparation courses or training programs are available for students who intend to take an Adobe certification exam. Classes usually fall into four categories, video, print, web and technical. Courses (which correspond to Adobe products) that you might see in Adobe certification preparation programs are as follows:
- After effects
Popular Career Options
Careers for Adobe-certified professionals vary widely depending on which certifications they have earned. Many times, professionals pursue certification to advance in companies at which they currently work. Here are some examples of careers that may be available to individuals with certifications: web developer, website administrator, graphic designer, programmer, and flash developer.
Job Outlook and Salary Information
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth rate for web developers is a much faster than average 27%, from 2014-2024. As of May 2015, their median annual wage was $64,970. Graphic designers had a projected job growth rate of 1%, and a median annual salary of $46,900 during the same period.
Adobe certifications are important for multimedia professionals since these measure their software proficiency and can help them get a salary increase or promotion. The tests do not have prerequisite certificate programs, but Adobe training is available for those who intend to take any of the three Adobe certification exams, the ACA, ACE, and ACI.