Adobe Certified Associate Certification Campus Testing Model

  • Angela Gomez-Holbrook
  • Adobe Education Trainer
  • Golden West College
  • Thursday, June 09 2016
  • 10:00 - 10:45 am
  • Room: Computer Lab 309


The workplace demand for digital media skills—creating, managing, integrating, and communicating information by using Adobe’s video, graphic, web, illustration, or design software—is on the rise. The ACA certification program will help educators effectively teach and validate digital communication skills while providing students with credentials that demonstrate real-world prowess to prospective employers and academic institutions. In this workshop we will cover best practices on becoming an adobe certification testing site. We will review how to establish sustainable funding models and how to deal with certification companies. - without charging the student testing fees. We will also outline how we established marketing opportunities for our campus. Institutions may purchase an ACA Classroom or Campus Site License that includes unlimited use of the ACA certification exams with an upfront, one-time annual cost. The ACA Site License includes unlimited use of the ACA certifications using Adobe Flash, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Premier Pro in all available versions. The ACA Classroom License also includes practice test software. The ACA provides work-based learning across the WBL spectrum. The ACA certification is already being practiced at the high school level. First year students are arriving in Digital Art courses with a certification or multiple certifications. Instead of taking the first year to learn the basic software – these students are prepared to explore and apply the professional elements of a CTE program with advanced adobe skills. The ACA provides a solid base in creativity allowing the student to share, connect, opine and illustrate their ideas. The ACA impacts work-based learning across the WBL (work based learning) spectrum because it provides career exploration, preparation, and training. As a certified Adobe Education Trainer, a graphic design professional, an end user of the software and as a hired writer of the ACA Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign exams – I have witnessed the industry standards are fully integrated into the exams. * Possible ACA “best-practices” practice- exam training session can be included with presentation.

Presenter Bio

Angela Gomez-Holbrook ( For the past 15 years Angela has been a digital media arts educator teaching Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Typography at schools all over Southern California. In 2013, she became an Adobe Certified Photoshop Associate, an Adobe Education Trainer working with groups of K­12 teachers and an Adobe Campus Leader. In 2014 she was involved in writing a grant with a colleague and established a site license to pilot an ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) program at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. They have been successful at certifying many instructors and students in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere and several other programs. In 2015 Angela has not only joined the Orange County Dept of Education Pathways curriculum alignment team for ICT and Digital Media but also taught workshops in Chico at Butte College and at SFCC for Digital Media conferences. Todd Adamson has worked at Certiport for a year and a half and covered all certification programs in both the education and corporate space. He is passionate about technology, learning and helping others succeed. Todd says the greatest part of his job is seeing the success students and job candidates have after investing in their learning and certification.

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