Adobe to Launch Entry-Level Certifications

Adobe Systems is developing a new line of certifications for its software. Called Adobe Certified Associate, the suite of exams will help validate a test candidate’s ability to create, manage, integrate and communicate information using Adobe’s multimedia, video, graphic and Web software.

The certifications are intended for individuals at high school, college and workforce-entry levels.

The first certifications will be for Adobe programs Flash and Dreamweaver, and they will launch at this year’s National Educational Computing Conference in late June. Certification for Photoshop will follow later in the year, and as additional Adobe applications roll out, they will see corresponding certifications, as well.

Adobe partnered with Certiport to produce these certifications, which have been in development for about 30 months.

“It’s a market plan that allows Adobe to increase both the user base that’s knowledgeable about its programs and is capable of entering the higher-level certifications when they become professionals in the field,” said David Saedi, Certiport president and CEO. “As a country, we’re extremely focused on funneling people into IT, and this is one of those areas where we can say there are programs that meet industry standards and prepare people for IT careers.”

These certifications also provide Adobe with a way to gauge the level of ability in its applications on a global level.

“Trying to verify how many people out there qualify for a particular job is difficult,” Saedi said. “By us [knowing] the number of people using…



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