Adobe Certified Associate

Earn your ACA certification in Photoshop.

The Adobe Certified Associate credential allows students to prove their digital media skills to prospective employers for internships and post-graduate employment. As an ACA testing site, ACU supports students as they seek careers after graduation by making certification accessible and by offering support.

ACA Application Process


The ACU Brown Library is sponsoring NINE Adobe Certified Associate certification exams for students at no cost. Applications and all requirements for the certification program must be fully completed by Friday, February 22nd. 

Nine recipients will be announced on Friday, March 1, 2019, and the certification workshop and exam will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

There are three steps to the application process:

  • Step One: Application Form

The first step will be to complete an application form. This form will include: a short section about you, survey questions about your experience in Photoshop and other Creative Cloud applications, and survey questions about the Adobe Certified Associate certification.

  • Step Two: Certification Prep Courses

After the application form has been submitted, applicants will be required to complete one of two paths to prepare for the ACA exam, each utilizing courses.

  • Step Three: Skills Demonstration

The final step of the process is to demonstrate your skills in Photoshop. This will be done in two parts. One will be to complete tasks that are assigned to you. The second is to submit original work that you believe best demonstrates your skills in Photoshop. (Disclaimer: The original work that is submitted will only be used for the purpose of evaluating your application. It will not be modified or distributed in any way.)