Industry Certifications

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Industry certifications are one way students can demonstrate competencies and skills obtained.


Brainbench features numerous exams on various skills. Brainbench may be used during the program to validate competencies over the areas studied and is a great first start in achieving certifications that count towards program completion. An advantage of Brainbench is that you can maintain a link from your digital portfolio to your exam results to share with prospective employers and these tests are free to Career Tech Students! To learn more about Brainbench certifications visit

The following Brainbench exams are targeted within the Digital Design Career Majors:

  • Brainbench – Computer Fundamentals
  • Brainbench – Computer Literacy
  • Brainbench – Adobe Photoshop
  • Brainbench – Adobe Illustrator
  • Brainbench – Adobe InDesign
  • Brainbench – Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Brainbench – Web Design Concepts
  • Brainbench – Web Design for Accessibility


Adobe Certified Associate

The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certifications validate basic, entry-level skills in digital communication, creation, and design using Adobe tools. ACA exams are only offered at approved ACA testing centers. For more information about the ACA certifications, visit

The following Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams are targeted within the Digital Design Career Majors:

  • Adobe Certified Associate – Visual Communications Using Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Certified Associate – Graphic Design & Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Certified Associate – Print & Digital Media Publication Using Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Certified Associate – Web Authoring Using Adobe Dreamweaver


Adobe Certified Expert

Certification by Adobe is recognized as an industry asset—an immediate way to communicate your knowledge and gain advanced skills. Becoming an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) gives you a clear and focused way to tell the world about your expertise and communicate your proficiency in leading products from Adobe.  For more information about the ACE exams, visit

The following Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exams are targeted within the Digital Design Career Majors:

  • Adobe Certified Expert – Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Certified Expert – Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Certified Expert – Adobe InDesign


Students may need additional experience and training before taking the ACE exams.

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