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Free Video: Adobe Certified Associate Prep: InDesign

Getting certified in Adobe applications like Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator is a great way to prove your skills, and it can increase your chances of landing a great job, internship, or promotion. The Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) program exists so folks with elite skills and experience can distinguish themselves. But what if you’re just starting out and trying to get your foot in the door with some solid, entry-level skills? For people in that situation, the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) program is a better fit.

The ACA program is for people (often high school and college students) seeking internships, jobs, or credit for college-level programs in graphic design, web, or rich media. To pass an ACA exam, you need to demonstrate fundamental knowledge and entry-level skills in a particular Adobe application. Currently, there are ACA exams for six Adobe applications: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Premiere, and Flash Professional.

If you’re curious about the ACA process—or if you’re interested in taking the InDesign exam—definitely check out my new course, Adobe Certified Associate Prep: InDesign.

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Here’s the official description:

Starting your graphic design career? Make yourself stand out to employers and clients by becoming an Adobe Certified Associate in InDesign. ACA certification can be the gateway to jobs and lifelong mastery of InDesign. This course helps you study for and pass the Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign exam. Instructor Mike Rankin explains the benefits of ACA certification, how to organize your study efforts, and how to determine when you’re ready to take the exam. Each exam objective is covered in detail, from identifying your audience and laying out your initial design to publishing your final document. Mike also explains what to expect at the testing center, and how to promote your ACA status and participate in the ACA community, including the ACA World Championship.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the benefits of ACA certification
  • Creating a personalized study plan
  • Identifying your audience
  • Starting a design project in InDesign
  • Using design elements such as typography, graphics, and color
  • Working with layers
  • Creating multipage layouts
  • Adding text, images, and interactive elements
  • Exporting, packaging, and saving files
  • Registering for the exam
  • Taking the test

In the free movie below, I review some tried and true test-taking strategies to help you improve your score. Check it out!

Test-taking strategies

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Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and Author of courses on InDesign and Illustrator. Husband. Dad. Dog walker.
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One Comment on “Free Video: Adobe Certified Associate Prep: InDesign

  1. Could you make an article about the Adobe Certified Expert.
    I am interested i the Programm since years, but the Information is rare on the subject. Adobe outsources the Project and I doubt i Need the recommended 200$ Textbooks recommended, but the Company handling things here in Germany do not respond properly.


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