Adobe expert certification: What is it? Do you need it?

April 9, 2009

An Adobe expert is someone that has passed a test or a series of tests on how to use Adobe software. You can test on individual programs and get certified. You can also test on a series of software programs and get different levels of certification. You pay a fee and have to pass with at least a 61 percent. I took the test for Adobe Illustrator. I’ve used the program for 15 years and thought it would be a breeze. I’m here to say, it certainly wasn’t. It was extremely difficult. I did pass, but I have to tell you that I wasn’t that far from the 61 percent. So should we all be certified Adobe experts? I guess my answer is yes and no. I did study for the test. I signed up for and went through the training. Even though I’d used the software for some many years, I didn’t realize much of the capability of the program. Many times when an update came out, I didn’t learn the new stuff. So I definitely learned a lot and it was worth my time. I don’t think that being Adobe certified would help someone with 10 or more years experience; however, I do think that it would help someone right out of school or with little experience. If you are up for a job and against another candidate with similar experience, being Adobe certified might give you and edge. Also, if you are planning to work for a temporary service, it would be a great advantage to be Adobe certified. Do you agree? Let us know about your experience and opinions

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