Photoshop: Can you still get CS6 ACE (Adobe Certified Expert) certification?

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I am a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  I have a computer lab and we have additional funding if we offer certifications to our students.  However we only have CS6 and there are no plans to update to CC anytime soon. Adobe no longer offers certifications in CS6.  What is the solution to this problem?  Can I offer certifications (providing I am certified) in CC?  I have noted the differences in the fundamentals are minimal between the versions.  Any ideas or help is gratefully accepted.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi William,

Pearson runs the Official ACE program:

http://www.pearsonvue.com/adobe/

They're retiring CS6 exams at the end of the month.

Do your students need official ACE certification?

You're welcome to do your own school specific certifications, but that won't entitle your students to official ACE recognition.
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I am offering micro-certifications in Photoshop CS6 at the end of the semester (and after the final quiz).  I am a big believer (as a former 25 year professional) in the portfolio approach as evidence of skills and talent.  However, I believe a balance between certifications and portfolio would be ideal.  Official ACE certification is our goal (and possibly required for further funding that is available.) Our school district (LAUSD) is supportive but funding is not always available in this massive district for licensing with Adobe. Hence, why we are using CS6.
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I think your plan of your own micro-certifications is a good one. And I agree, portfolio is the primary demonstration of skill/talent.

Short of that, could you set up a single workstation with CC to study for the exam? (are you just testing Photoshop? or all the exams?)
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This is our first year even attempting certifications. Again funding is the issue when it comes to the Los Angeles Unified School District.  In fact, I have a room full of IMacs, but I got them all through Perkins grants...not funded by LAUSD.  That took me three years and $1500 (to pay for UCLA units to qualify for a CTE credential over and above my teaching credential and to qualify for the perkins grants.)  So I will go with CS6.  But in comparing the two I have to say (and I am real familiar with both, I think my kids with my instruction would have a good go at the certification.  I guess I will just play this out and see where it goes.  Thanks for you input.  I have switched off the emails because I was receiving too many and something happened to my email account.  Not sure.

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