SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (November 24, 2020) — The 2021 Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championship has been launched by Certiport, the leading provider of performance-based IT certification exams that accelerate academic and career opportunities for learners. In its 9th year, the competition is expected to attract more than 130,000 contestants from 65 countries to prove their superior digital communication skills using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
The 2021 ACA World Championship will be held at the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida from August 1-4, 2021, pending the subsiding of the global pandemic. Should restrictions prohibit an in-person event, alternative arrangements will be considered. Regional competitions will be held worldwide to determine the finalists who will travel to Orlando for the World Championship, where they will create a unique design piece for a non-profit client. To be eligible for the competition, students ages 13 to 22 must pass a qualifying ACA certification exam.
"The ACA World Championship combines creativity with industry recognized skills in the most fantastic way," said Ray Murray, Vice President and General Manager – IT, Pearson VUE. "Becoming ACA certified means these students are already winners. They have skills validated by Adobe. Competing in the ACA World Championship gives them that additional boost as they get ready to enter the workforce."
A first ($7,000), second ($3,500) and third ($1,500) place ACA World Champion will be chosen based on a panel of judges reviewing the final design projects for a non-profit client.
"We were disappointed with the cancellation of the 2020 ACA World Championship, so we are more excited than ever for the competition in 2021," said Tacy Trowbridge, Global Education Programs Lead at Adobe. "It is thrilling to see these creative, ambitious students apply their design skills and produce high-quality work for a real-world client. We look forward to meeting the 2021 competitors and watching their careers take off."
Certiport is the leading provider of learning curriculum, practice tests, and performance-based IT certification exams that accelerate academic and career opportunities for learners. Certiport provides certification development, delivery, and program management services through an expansive network of more than 15,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. More than 3 million Certiport exams are delivered in 26 languages across 148 countries each year throughout the academic, workforce, and corporate technology markets. Certiport is a Pearson VUE business, and is a part of the world's leading learning company, Pearson. To learn more, go to certiport.com.