Certification from Adobe
The Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) program helps you gain recognition for your Adobe product expertise. Getting certified or recertified by Adobe is recognized as an industry standard of excellence worldwide—and it’s the best way to promote your proficiency in leading Adobe products.
Coming Soon: the Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud (CC) exam!
The Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) InDesign CC exam and exam guide will be available mid-December 2014. Please check back to this page, or follow Adobe on Facebook or Twitter for updates. Under the new recertification policy (see below), candidates obtaining this certification will have two years to recertify upon reaching certification.
Extension of expiration date of Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exams
Effective immediately, the expiration date of the following exams has been extended to two years from date of certification. These certification exams are now valid for two years instead of the one year under the prior recertification policy. View list of exams with extensions.
- Photoshop CC (exam code: 9A0-354)
- Flash CC (exam code: 9A0-359)
- Dreamweaver CC (exam code: 9A0-356)
- Illustrator CC (exam code: 9A0-358)
- InDesign CC (coming in December 2014)
- Premiere Pro CC (exam code: 9A0-355)
- Reports & Analytics Implementation (exam code: 9A0-369) – exam name changed from: SiteCatalyst Implementation
- ACE Digital Analyst (exam code: 9A0-345)
- Muse CC (exam code: 9A0-302)
- After Effects CC (exam code: 9A0-360)
- Acrobat X Pro (exam code: 9A0-160)
- Acrobat XI Pro (exam code: 9A0-329)
Retirement of Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) recertification exams
Effective January 1, 2015, all Adobe recertification exams will be retired and no longer available. Reminder: with the expiration date extension for ACE CC exams (see above), candidates will now have two years before they need to recertify. View list of retiring recertification exams.
- Photoshop CC Recertification Exam (exam code: 9A0-347)
- Flash CC Recertification Exam (exam code: 9A0-352)
- Dreamweaver CC Recertification Exam (exam code: 910-349)
- Illustrator CC Recertification Exam (exam code: 9A0-351)
- InDesign CC Recertification Exam (exam code: 9A0-350)
- Premiere Pro CC Recertification Exam (exam code: 9A0-348)
- Acrobat X Pro Recertification Exam (exam code: 9A0-161)
- After Effects CC Recertification Exam (exam code: 9A0-353)
- Acrobat XI Pro Recertification Exam (exam code: 9A0-330)
What is the reason for the update?
The recertification exams are being retired for two primary reasons. First, this change is being made due to the extension of the recertification policy to two years. Second, in order to preserve the value of the ACE program for current certification holders, this falls in line with industry best practices—delivery of exams within a secure test center rather than taken over the internet.
When will this change take place?
All Adobe recertification exams will retire on December 31, 2014. Candidates will not be able to take these exams any longer starting January 1, 2015.
Which exams are impacted by this update?
Please review above list for impacted exams.
I have already taken my Recertification exam, what do I do now?
The retirement of the recertification exams will not impact existing certification holders who have previously taken a recertification exam. Your existing certification will expire upon the previously communicated expiration date—there is no change to this date.
I need to recertify, what should I do?
It is recommended that candidates take the official certification exam instead of the corresponding recertification exam due to the official exam being the most accurate representation of your knowledge, skills and abilities. In addition, the official certification exam is now valid for two years, where the recertification exam is valid for just one year.
Adobe offers two types of exams: certification and recertification. A single web account is used for both types of exams.
Certification exams are computer-based, multiple-choice exams that are delivered in a proctored environment at a Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center. A candidate can take a certification exam to complete his/her requirement toward certification.
Certification exams can be scheduled in advance or on the day you wish to test (subject to availability).
To schedule a certification exam, use the links on this page under the Adobe logo.
Recertification exams are also multiple-choice. They are offered online and can be taken from anywhere in which you have an Internet connection.
To purchase a recertification exam, visit the recertification testing page.
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