Online Adobe Certified Associate Course

Master Adobe Creative Suite and launch your career as a graphic or web designer.

Register for this course by November 23 and take 20% off tuition cost.*  


Quick Details

When it comes to the business of creativity, the Adobe Creative Cloud helps millions of professionals turn ideas into useful assets. This 100% online course will train you to use Adobe’s most widely-used programs—Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Animate. By course completion, you will be fully prepared to pass each of the corresponding Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams.

Total Hours: 220

Tuition: $2,999 includes course materials and voucher for the certifying exam.

Location: Online

This course is delivered by our education partners at ed2go.

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This 100% online course will train you to use Adobe’s most widely-used programs—Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Animate.

  • Be prepared to take and pass the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams for Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Animate
  • Learn about typography and formatting text
  • Create and optimize images
  • Configure and create web technologies
  • Get comfortable with the CC user interface in all five programs
  • Work with drawing tools
  • Prepare files for output
  • Learn about styles and templates
  • Learn skills to work with team projects

Job outlook for Adobe Certified Associates

  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that job demand for digital media specialists, the Adobe suite’s primary user base, will grow 4% through 2028.
  • The median salary for digital media specialists was just over $72,000, according to the BLS. However, professionals who work in web design (Dreamweaver), were amongst the highest earners.

Module 1. Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Cloud (CC)

  • A Quick Overview of Web Development
  • Getting Started with Dreamweaver
  • Creating HTML Pages
  • Links
  • Images
  • Lists
  • Tables
  • Styling Content
  • Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver Final Exam

Module 2. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC)

  • Exploring the Photoshop Workspace
  • Image Size and Resolution
  • Selection Tools
  • Painting
  • Retouching
  • Color Correction
  • Advanced Layer Techniques
  • Working with Type and Vector Shapes
  • Designing for Web
  • Preparing Final Art
  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Final Exam

Module 3. Adobe Animate Creative Cloud (CC)

  • Getting Started
  • Working with Drawing Tools
  • Graphic Symbols and the Library
  • Basic Animation
  • Advanced Animation
  • Button Symbols
  • Movie Clip Symbols
  • Publishing Animate Documents
  • Introduction to Adobe Animate Final Exam

Module 4. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud (CC)

  • Getting to Know the Illustrator Environment
  • Getting Started
  • Organize a Project
  • Creating Advanced Illustrations
  • Advanced Management of Shapes
  • Working with Type
  • Manage Project Components
  • Sharing Your Project
  • Introduction to Adobe Illustrator Final Exam

Module 5. Introduction to Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud (CC)

  • Getting to Know the Environment
  • Creating a Project
  • Working with Graphics
  • Working with Text
  • Master Pages
  • Working with Templates
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Printing and Proofing a Project
  • Design Principles
  • Designing for Web
  • Introduction to Adobe InDesign Final Exam

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The cost of three exams is included with the tuition. When you have successfully completed the course, you will be directed on how to apply to take the exams you select. Learn more information on the exam.

Adobe Certified Associate FAQs

What is Adobe Certificatoin?

Adobe certification is the professional designation that comes with passing the “Adobe Certified Associate” or “Adobe Certified Expert,” depending on the level of the exam. You can display this badge on your website, portfolio or professional profile, which signals to clients and employers that you are highly skilled in the most commonly used creative tools.

Why get Adobe Certified?

Adobe certification can help you land a job or pick up new clients. In today’s crowded job market, there are millions of creative professionals like editors, graphic designers and web designers vying for the same positions; Adobe certification helps you stay ahead of the pack.

What programsare best for Adobe Certification?

Most creative professionals use a collection of software that was once known as the Adobe Creative Suite: Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Animate. These programs now live on the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC), but are still the best bet for getting Adobe certified.

There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.

Hardware Requirements

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Webcams are strongly recommended.

Software Requirements

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Dreamweaver (not included in enrollment).
  • Photoshop (not included in enrollment).
  • Animate (not included in enrollment).
  • Illustrator (not included in enrollment).
  • InDesign (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

*NOTE: WIOA, G.I. Bill®, and other specialized workforce assistance programs are not eligible for discounts.