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College offering Adobe certification

September 6, 2017
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Kendall College of Art and Design, or KCAD, is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Photo via

A local college is now offering certifications in Adobe software for professionals.

Kendall College of Art and Design, or KCAD, is offering the option to earn an Adobe Certified Associate, or ACA, designation for Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator as part of its existing Adobe-focused courses in the KCAD Continuing Studies program.

“In an increasingly competitive job market, ACA certification demonstrates your digital communication skills in a way that simply listing them on your resume can’t,” said Brenda Sipe, director of KCAD Continuing Studies.

“Our Adobe courses are already empowering people to do more professionally by enabling them to create effective and engaging digital media. Now, by offering ACA certification, we’re further strengthening the connection between our classrooms and the real world.”

To earn ACA certification, individuals must pass the official Adobe certification exam for the given software application.

Participants in the courses, which are led by ACA-certified instructors, will learn what they need to know to pass the certification exam. For an additional $150, students can get access to a practice exam and two attempts at the full exam.

Exams are taken at KCAD, now a Certiport testing site. Adobe will provide certification materials upon successful completion of the exam.

Registration is now open online.


KCAD is located in downtown Grand Rapids.

The college aims to create lasting impact in West Michigan and beyond through partnerships, cultural innovation and an educational model that prepares students for leadership in the visual arts, design, art history and art education. 

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