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Get Certified ... as an Adobe Certified Associate

A fully-funded opportunity (worth up to £600) to gain external certification from Adobe to evidence competency in Video and Design apps. Whatever your starting point, sharpen your skills and evidence self-development with a completely flexible process.

You do not have to book a ticket for this activity – eligibility for the funded certification exam is granted when you complete a self-study pack on LinkedIn Learning. Scroll down for more information


Adobe is the industry-leading provider of software for video, design, photography and the web. Its packages are widely used throughout the creative industries, but they also support productivity and communication in a whole range of sectors. Evidence of your competencies through an officially endorsed Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification can really build your profile, and evidence your ability to manage your own ongoing development.

Certification with associated training normally costs anything up to £600, but through Man Met Rise, students across five of Adobe’s major applications:

Step 1: Install Required Software

In order to complete this certification, you will need access to Adobe Creative Suite. This is widely available on computers on campus. Alternatively, you can access a 30 day trial via the Adobe Website – but please remember that you will need access to this software when you sit your certification.

Step 2: Complete Basic Training

Your first task will be to polish up your skills in the applications in which you wish to gain certification. To support you, we have identified compulsory training which covers the major topics for each. You will receive Rise points automatically each time you complete a course.

This training is provided via LinkedIn Learning. You get this free as a Man Met Student – but you need to make sure you log in using the instructions

This training is provided by LinkedIn Learning. You get free access to this as a Man Met Student, but you need to make sure you log in using the instructions provided by the library. Beyond this training, you can also access all sorts of other skills development opportunities through LinkedIn Learning, all providing automatic Rise points for completion (see here)


When you complete a compulsory training pathway, you will be sent an email with information and the next steps for your certification (note that this might take 24 hours). These steps will include:

Step 3: Complete a Practice Test

Before you take a certification exam, you will gain access to a practice test area. You can practise tests as many times as you like, and return to the training pathways above to hone your skills. Once you are confident you can progress to the next stage

Step 4: Book a Certification Exam

In order to gain your certification, you will need to complete an exam (the same as the practice one). This can be completed from home or on-campus, via Teams. You will be sent a number of dates to choose from.

Each time you complete certification, you will gain 30 Rise Points.

Step 5: Claim Extra Recognition

You will be sent instructions on how to share your accomplishments via your LinkedIn page, and earn additional Rise Points for doing so.

In addition, if you complete all three badges, either of the following combinations, you will earn ‘specialist’ accreditation, and an additional 30 points:

In A Nutshell...

  • Completely Free ... access to opportunities which could cost up to £600 outside of Rise
  • Upskill ... in digital creative packages.
  • Engage Online ... from self-study to examination.
  • Flexible ... work at your own pace with flexible timelines from April through Summer.
  • Gain Recognition ... with an externally recognised certification from Adobe.