Visual and Creative Arts

Adobe Associate Qualification


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Are you an Adobe user? Have you ever thought about testing your knowledge of Adobe software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign to name but a few?

No matter what use you have for the Adobe packages the Adobe Certified Associate qualification (ACA) is designed by Adobe to help users gain an industry recognised qualification that would look very attractive to any employer. The ACA qualification helps employers easily identify potential applicant’s skill level when it comes to using Adobe software programs as outlined by Adobe.

At New College Lanarkshire we encourage and support Adobe users to test their knowledge and skills by enrolling on our courses which enables self-directed study following a comprehensive syllabus outlined by Adobe supported with reading materials, videos and practical tasks produced by our Creative Lecturers.

Included in the course cost will be the ability to undertake infinite Mock exams over the 12 week period to give you some experience of the examination format prior to undertaking the Accreditation exam. After successful completion of the practice exams you will then be ready to book your Accreditation exam through our on-site Test centre located at the New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell Campus. The cost for the Accreditation Exam is not included in the course cost.

So what are you waiting for?


You may be eligible for funding or a fee waiver, find out more.

Course Information

The course will offer continual enrolment throughout the academic year in 12 week blocks which allows you to start the course at a time that is convenient to you.

It is recommended by Adobe that you have a brief knowledge of the software they are looking to gain the ACA qualification in but in terms of experience very little is required. However, some basic knowledge and brief experience would be of assistance.

You must also have access to the internet a computer (PC/MAC) with the most up to date version of the Adobe software they are looking to gain accreditation in.



Over a 12 week period, you will receive a clear syllabus outlining content expected to be covered throughout the exam as provided by Adobe for both Photoshop and Illustrator.

Resources such as reading Materials, Videos and Tasks will all be made available to you through our Virtual Learning Environment.

Training and testing in the format of Mock exams will be included in the course cost and can be repeated throughout the 12 week course duration.

Scheduled drop in sessions with our Adobe Certified Instructor will be made available to you should you require any additional support.

Please note: You can organise to undertake the Accreditation exam through our test centre. Each adobe Accreditation exam will incur an individual cost.

A great opportunity as CPD for any creative interested or working within photography, graphic design, web design, Computer Animation the list goes on.

Adobe currently offer ACA qualifications across 6 of their software programs. Adobe also offer Expert level which would be the next level after attaining the ACA. There is also the opportunity to achieve more Certified Associate and Expert qualifications towards becoming an Adobe Instructor.

Employment progression opportunities: This professional qualification would be a valued addition to any employee looking to gain work in the Creative Industries. 

Classes Available



  • Cost
  • £110
  • Days
  • 1 evening pw
  • Start Date
  • 31 Aug 2021 - 30 Nov 2021
  • Time
  • 18:00 - 21:00