Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Certiport’s Adobe Certified Associate U.S. National Online Championship?

A. The 2021 Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) U.S. National Online Championship is a national online competition that tests students’ skills on Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. 

Q. How do I participate in the Championship?

A. Students can participate in the Online Championship by passing a qualifying Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification exam and submitting an original design project with source files. The deadline to pass a qualifying ACA exam and to submit a project is May 7, 2021 11:59 PM MT.  To review how to submit a design project into the Online Championship, please visit https://gocertiport.pearsonvue.com/ACANationalOnlineChampionship_Submission. If you have questions about the ACA Online Championship, please email ACAChampionship@pearson.com and include "Online Championship" in the subject line.

The qualifying Adobe Certified Associate exams are:

  • Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 or newer
  • Print & Digital Media Publication using Adobe InDesign CC 2015 or newer
  • Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 or newer

Q. What type of project can students submit?

A. Any project students create using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Illustrator can be submitted into the competition. Design projects that students create in school or at home are great projects to submit into the competition. The students must be the creators and owners of projects that are submitted.

Please remember that the final project file and source files (Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Illustrator files) must also be submitted. Projects submitted without source files will not be considered.

Q. Who can participate in the Championship?

A. To participate in the ACA U.S. National Online Championship, candidates must: have taken a qualifying ACA exam and submitted a design project between June 16, 2019 and May 7, 2021; have been over 13 years old at the time they took the qualifying exam and submitted the design project; have been under 22 years old at the time they took the qualifying exam and submitted the project; and must be students that are enrolled in an approved, degree-seeking academic institution recognized by the state in which it operates. Students participating in the U.S. National Online Championship must be able to provide proof of age and student status upon request. Employees of Certiport, Inc., the sponsoring Certiport Authorized Partner, their affiliates, subsidiaries, parent, and related companies and agencies and those individuals living in the same household as employees are not eligible. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. By taking an eligible exam, submitting a project, and entering this Championship, participants agree to abide by all terms of the Official Rules.

Previous participants of any ACA U.S. National Championship ARE NOT eligible for the 2021 ACA U.S. National Online Championship.

Q. What scholarships are awarded?

A. A first, second, and third place winner will be identified, as well as the next 10 runner-up students. The First Place Champion receives $3,000 along with a medal of achievement, trophy, Wacom tablet, and certificate. The Second Place Winner receives $1,500 along with a medal of achievement, Wacom tablet, and certificate. The Third Place Winner receives $750 along with a medal of achievement, Wacom tablet, and certificate. The 10 runner-up students receive $100, Wacom tablet, and certificate.

Q. How does Certiport determine the winners?

A. A team of judges will review all project submissions, reviewing creativity, along with technical ability.  The one project that receives the highest overall score will be deemed a potential First Prize winner. The one project that receives the next highest overall score will be deemed a potential Second Prize winner. The one project that receives the next highest overall score will be deemed a potential Third Prize winner. This process will continue to identify the next 10 runner-up projects.

Q. Where can I take an eligible exam?

A. Eligible exams can be taken at any Academic Certiport Authorized Testing Center or through Certiport’s Exam from Home platform.

Q. How many times can I take an ACA exam for the Championship?

A. There is no limit to the number of times a student may sit for any eligible exam as long as he/she is not in violation of the ACA exam retake policy. Students who fail to abide by the ACA exam retake policy will be immediately disqualified from the Championship. Certiport retains the right to disqualify students for appropriate cause.

Q. How many days after the deadline does Certiport wait to notify the 2021 ACA U.S. National Online Championship winners?

A. Certiport will begin to review all submitted projects the following Monday, after the closing deadline. Reviewing and judging all projects can take several days. Therefore, notification emails are usually sent one to two weeks following the closing day. We encourage students to update their email on their Certiport profile, because this is where all email notifications are sent.

Q. I just received an email notification stating that I am a 2021 ACA U.S. National Online Championship winner. What do I do now?

A. Congratulations! Based on your submitted project, you have been identified as a 2021 ACA U.S. National Online Championship winner. You must respond to the email within 72 hours after it is sent to your inbox, and you must also sign and return all required documents within three days. Failure to do so will result in you being disqualified and deemed to have forfeited the prize and another potential winner may be selected among all eligible exams received based on the same winner criteria listed in the rules. The documents that need to be signed and returned will be linked in the notification email.

If you have questions about the 2021 ACA U.S. National Online Championship, please reach out to Certiport at ACAChampionship@pearson.com and include "Online Championship" in the subject line.
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