Steve Kilisky's Dynamic Media Blog

June 14, 2006

Adobe ACE

I received an email today from a user who was interested in the After Effects ACE program. I thought it would be a good opportunity to increase awareness about this program.

ACE stands for Adobe Certified Expert. The idea behind the ACE program is to allow you to receive recognition for being an "expert" user of AE; in theory allowing you to command a higher salary, or gain an edge in a competitive job market. Sort of like an MBA for artists.

So that's the promise, but is it worth it? I can't answer that because everyone's situation is a bit different. What I hear from people who hire AE users is the #1 thing they look for is talent (no surprise there) which is usually evaluated by viewing their reel. The ACE can be a tie-breaker between two otherwise equally talented people. The ACE is also useful for AE users who want to get into training others on AE.

If you've taken the AE ACE exam, please post a comment and share your experience and thoughts about it.

Posted by Steve Kilisky at 10:41 PM on June 14, 2006


Colin — 9:40 AM on July 5, 2006

For me, taking the ACE exam for After Effects was a great decision. At age 17, when I first contacted a few companies regarding motion grapics jobs, they usually said I was too young to be consdered. After I became an ACE, I was taken more seriously and did eventually get a job. The only issue with the ACE program is that the new tests are usually released some time after software is upgraded to a new version.

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