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Stephen Wyatt
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Value in Certifications

I have been using Adobe products for over 10 years and have taken the InDesign and Photoshop ACE Certifications and not passed after studying extensively. I don't take multiple choice test well and over analyze questions.

My dilemma is should I go and get Adobe Certification Associate status or not worry about getting any certification?

I have a good, stable job with a School District, but always feel like I need to validate my skills, just in case!

Any feedback would be appreciated.

I am a web developer and would really like to do some adjunct teaching.

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Lauren Petiti

Posted on 10/10/19 8:45:46 PM Permalink

I would hope that showing certification in a specific ​skill set would also show the validity of the skill in the first place, so I definitely see the benefits of certification. However, I also think that real life experience matters too. Not just industry experience, but even being self-taught is greatly beneficial (my father has a degree in Business but taught himself enough of the Adobe products to be able to teach it to students). So I would say certification is valuable, but not the end-all-be-all.

Sarah Johnson

Posted on 3/18/19 12:17:19 AM Permalink

I recently passed the Adobe InDesign ACE test and I was surprised at how hard it was. And, I've used InDesign for more than 13 years! I can't imagine how hard the ACE exam would be! ​

Deborah Boatwright

Posted on 2/12/17 10:21:50 PM Permalink

Some higher ed. institutions are using people with real life experience to teaching courses. Have you asked around your area to see what they are looking for in qualifications? ​

Stephen Wyatt

Posted on 2/12/17 10:41:12 PM Permalink

Thanks, I have not, we have a handful of four-year colleges around here. I need to start looking, I am hoping to start working more with individuals at the departmental and school level, demonstrating to them ways, in which they can provide their students and departments with a way to better showcase themselves.