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Student Designers to Compete for Adobe Certified Associate World Champion Title in Dallas, Texas

August ACA Championship to Feature Room to Read as Non-Profit Client

SALT LAKE CITY– May 6, 2015

Certiport (www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today announced the upcoming 2015 Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championship in Dallas, Texas from August 9 – 12, 2015. Certiport expects more than 60,000 total entrants worldwide, with finalists from more than 20 countries making the trip to Dallas for the final round of the design challenge.

ACA World Championship candidates must be students age 13 to 22 who are enrolled in an approved, degree–seeking academic institution. Regional competition rules vary, but to participate, a student must pass one of the following exams by June 15, 2015:

  • Adobe Certified Associate Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Certified Associate in Print & Digital Media Publication using Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Certified Associate in Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator

"The ACA World Championship is a global competition that recognizes the next generation of design professionals," said Tacy Trowbridge, education programs lead, Adobe. "In the past few years we have been increasingly impressed with the quality of work submitted. The student competitors are incredibly talented and have a chance to create final projects that non-profits can use in the real world."

At the ACA World Championship, regional finalists will receive instructions, project requirements and assets to complete a real-world design challenge for Room to Read, a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. Students will be permitted to use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign from the Adobe Creative Cloud to complete the design challenge.

"We are excited to work with Adobe and Certiport for the ACA World Championship," said Steve Cox, associate director of marketing for Room to Read. "Our focus on education makes this partnership a good fit – the student competitors are all working hard to gain valuable workforce digital design skills. We look forward to seeing their designs to promote Room to Read and our mission to help children pursue a quality education."

A first ($5,000), second ($2,500) and third ($1,000) place World Champion will be identified based on an evaluation of the final design projects. Visit www.ACAchampionship.com for a complete list of participating countries, worldwide rules and dates.

About Certiport

Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 13,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program, and the IC3 Digital Literacy certification. Certiport reliably delivers over three million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in more than 148 countries and 27 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at www.twitter.com/certiport.

"Certiport" and "IC3" are registered trademarks of Certiport, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Adobe, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

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