Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)

Put the proof in your students’ portfolios

Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification is the perfect place to recognize and inspire creativity in your students. It allows students to approach tasks and projects in new ways, working out solutions they couldn’t have seen before; and helping you as a teacher become involved with your student’s creative process on a new level.

ACA certification offers your students a foundation for success by validating their digital skills, and offering you the ability to assess your student’s progress, engagement, and involvement.

Value of ACA certification

Edelman Intelligence recently conducted in-depth research on the impact ACA certification can have on the success of an aspiring creative professional.

Key benefits

  • Measure success by incorporating exams into current courses
  • Prove students hands-on knowledge through authentic assessment of application experience
  • Meet the popular demand to validate skills in the Adobe applications
  • Take advantage of today’s industry standard digital software and official Adobe certification
  • Enhance your courses with free curriculum from Adobe Education, which maps to the exam objectives

Resources to learn, practice, certify, and share

Through Certiport’s full pathway solution you can prepare your students for ACA certification with tailored learning materials, practice tests, and Adobe endorsed certification exams. Adding these materials into your curriculum is easy and seamless.

View the Adobe Certified Associate exam demo

Click here to learn how to earn an Adobe Certified Associate Specialist certificate.

Learning materials for ACA certification

Pathway to certification

Preparing your students for certification is a big responsibility, so let Certiport make your job easier and more effective with ACCLAIMED course materials and practice tests.

Adobe study packets

In preparation for the Adobe Certified Associate certification exams, Certiport and Adobe have put together a set of practice materials* and example exam items for you to review. These study materials were developed to help students and educators familiarize themselves with the key areas of the certification exam.

What you’ll find in this packet are:

  • Topic areas and objectives for the exam
  • Practice materials with image assets
  • Practice exam item

Download the Adobe Certified Study packets here.

Curriculum and courseware

ACA Test Prep (Brainbuffet)

ACATestPrep provides targeted video-based tutorials for Adobe Creative Cloud products. Content-rich projects allow students to train by practicing using the software. Self-paced learning allows students to learn at their own rate to ensure they fully grasp the concepts and gain the skills necessary to pass the Adobe Certified Associate exams.

  • Video-based tutorials
  • Hands-on guided activities
  • Self-paced learning
  • Aligns with Adobe Certified Associate exams

Available for: Animate, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premier Pro


LearnKey is a premier global provider of self-paced education and training solutions for education, veterans, corporate/government, and personal users. For over two decades, LearnKey’s mission has been to create flexible expert learning solutions – solutions that work for everyone because they are not only easy to use, but they are extremely engaging and interactive. LearnKey brings the classroom experience to you – where and when you need it.

  • Video-based e-learning courseware
  • Interactive labs
  • Prescriptive study guides

Available for: Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premier Pro

Pearson Learn ACA Series

This study guide uses more than 6 hours of video integrated with text to help Students gain real-world skills to get started with Adobe Creative Cloud. It lays the foundation for taking the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams.

  • Integrated video tutorials

Available for: Animate, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premier Pro

Pearson Classroom in a Books Series

This best-selling series of hands-on software training books teaches the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Developed by the training experts at Adobe Systems, these books offer complete, self-paced lessons designed to fit your busy schedule and help you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Each book includes downloadable files to guide you through the lessons and special projects.

  • Integrated video tutorials

Available for: After Affects, Lightroom, Muse, Animate, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premier Pro

Wiley: Digital Classroom

You may be eager to learn how to use Adobe Creative Cloud tools, but you’d like to tackle it at your own speed. If so, this book-and-DVD learning combo is perfect for you. Engaging lessons, each including step-by-step instructions and lesson files backed by video tutorials, help you build solid skills at your own pace.  It’s like having your own personal instructor at your side.

  • Textbook (eBook or paperback)
  • Integrated video tutorials on DVD

Available for: Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premier Pro

Watch this brief video to see how learning products can work for you.

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

Certification leads to success

Certiport and Adobe believe that everyone with an ACA certification has a story to share that can motivate, inspire and encourage others to succeed.

ACA certified student receives internship after winning Adobe Certified Associate World Championship.

Learn how the Adobe Certified Associate World Champion was contacted by a regional advertising agency and offered an internship. “When I read that Kai had 8 hours to complete the competition, I knew she could work on our timetables and she has done a great job,” says Kristen Hart who works at R&R Partners Designer.
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Central California High School ROP Program and Fresno City College Work Together to Prepare Students for Digital Design Careers

Learn how Central California High School ROP Program developed a successful Adobe Certified Associate certification program and partnered with Fresno City College to help their students earn dual enrollment credit on a path to a career in digital design.
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Create Idaho. Learn how the state of Idaho worked with Certiport and Adobe to launch the Create Idaho program that provides Adobe applications to high school and middle schools and an opportunity to earn ACA certification.

Brooklyn Technical High School is helping students get the skill set they need to go into professional industry. ACA certification is a key piece of the program.

Brevard Public Schools is testing 200 students per year and they are averaging an impressive 94 percent passing rate.


The Certiport resource library is a great place to find more information about our certification programs and learning resources and will be continually updated. The library includes documents and materials to help you understand and share the value of offering and earning a certification.

Program overview



Learning resources

External objective domains

Please visit the Objective domains page for a complete list of Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) objective domains.

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