Five Steps to become an Adobe Certified Expert

Becoming an Adobe Certified Expert can help you differentiate yourself from your competitors, attract and win new business, build loyalty with Adobe, and improve customer satisfaction.

We want to make sure you have a clear understanding of the steps you need to take to become an Adobe Certified Expert. Check out the five steps to take to become Certified.  

Step 1: Getting Started – Exam Guides

We have exam guides for each Certification exam. These guides are designed to provide the recommendations needed to prepare for your Adobe Certified Expert exam, and help you determine when you are ready to take the exam. It will outline the knowledge and skills required of a "minimally qualified candidate" for a specific job role, which will be evaluated in the exam. To find the exam guides go the Solution Certification path page and view Step 1.

Step 2: Training

Certification exams measure your skill and expert-level proficiency with Adobe solutions. They are intended to demonstrate your ability to meet complex challenges with a mastery that comes with training and real-world product use. You are not required to complete training before taking an exam; however, training can significantly increase your knowledge and skills within an Adobe Marketing Cloud Solution.

We currently have two main options to help Partner obtain training. The Solution Partner Training Center & Adobe Digital Learning Services:

  • Option 1: The Solution Partner Training Center is a learning management system that provides training resources, training includes on-demand self-paced content, and quizzes and exams to help measure comprehension. In just a few clicks, you can access a robust library of courses and learning paths organized by role and solution. This training is designed to get you ramped up on Adobe Marketing Cloud technology, at your own pace. It’s also fully subsidized, on-demand content available to all Partner levels, and Digital Classroom is available for Business level and above.
  • Option 2: Adobe Digital Learning Services provides cost efficient, live training delivered in-person (classroom) and virtual (web-based). Experienced instructors deliver comprehensive training that includes hands-on practical work and use cases. In-person training is offered at ATS regional centers or on-site at your company for large groups. Discounts are available for Adobe Training Services courses - please reach out to SPPHELP@adobe.com to receive your discount code.

Step 3: Practical Experience

It is recommended that you apply your training to sufficient on-the-job experience prior to taking the exam. It is important to note that training alone will not provide you with the knowledge and skills required to pass an exam. Successful, on-the-job experience is critical to providing you the knowledge needed to pass the exam. Experience may vary but it is recommended to have a minimum of 6 months’ experience working with a solution before sitting for a certification exam.

Be sure to review the Exam Guides to learn more about the training and experience recommended in order to pass the exam. To find the exam guides go the Solution Certification path page and view Step 1.

Step 4: Exam Prep Class

We currently have Exam Prep courses for most of the Certification exams across the Business Practitioner, Developer and Architect roles. These prep courses are designed to help prepare partners, customers, and consultants who are actively seeking accreditation as an Adobe Certified Expert. These courses describe the exam in detail and talk about Format (# of Q’s, Time allocated, Passing Score, Objectives) and also provides pointers to prep materials and resources. Exam Prep courses can be access through the Solution Partner Training Center.

Step 5: Take the Exam

Exams are administered by third-party Pearson VUE. Pearson VUE has testing centers located around the world, making it convenient for partners get certified.

The fee to register for a Certification Exam is $180.00 USD. ($120.00 USD - India). We have 33% discount vouchers available to all partners registered in the Adobe Solution Partner Program and as part of a pilot program we’re offering reduced pricing in India. So the final cost will be $120.00 USD. ($80.00 USD – India).

Now you know the five steps to get Certified, click on one of the Solution Certification Paths to get started!

Certification Paths by Solution
We have created a page for each Solution that breaks out these steps in more detail by Solution and Role. Click on your Solution of interest:


Questions? SPPHELP@adobe.com