Adobe Certified Associate: InDesign (Pilot: Spring 2019)

Digital Learning & Innovation is preparing a pilot program to explore Adobe Certified Associate training and certification. We had to reschedule the pilot and it will now take place in the spring 2019 term. At this time the pilot is open to undergraduate and graduate students working in the various writing centers across campus, as well as other undergraduate students who use Adobe InDesign in a role supporting peers.

The seats in this training are limited and participants will be chosen from the pool of applicants. To apply for consideration, please fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you.

The training will follow the following schedule, meetings will be on Saturdays from 11 am to 1 pm on the Charles River Campus. All accepted participants will receive the training at no cost and a BU-sponsored voucher to take the actual certification exam.


February 2, 9, 23
March 2, 23, 30
April 6, 20, 27
May 4

Exam Objectives

Adobe Certified Associate in Print & Digital Media Publication using Adobe® InDesign® exam objectives

Setting project requirements

1.1 Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing page layouts.
1.2 Demonstrate knowledge of standard copyright rules for content use in page layouts.
1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of project management tasks and responsibilities.
1.4 Communicate with others (such as peers and clients) about design plans.

Identifying design elements used when preparing graphics

2.1 Demonstrate knowledge of the appropriate properties of page layouts for print, web, and digital publishing.
2.2 Demonstrate knowledge of design principles, elements, and image composition.
2.3 Demonstrate knowledge of typography.
2.4 Demonstrate knowledge of the use of symbols and representative graphics.
2.5 Understand key terminology of page layouts.

Understanding Adobe InDesign

3.1 Identify elements of the InDesign interface and demonstrate knowledge of their functions.
3.2 Use non-printing design tools in the interface.
3.3 Demonstrate an understanding of and select the appropriate features and options required to manage colors.
3.4 Demonstrate knowledge of layers.
3.5 Demonstrate knowledge of exporting, packaging, saving, and organizing files.

Creating page layouts by using Adobe InDesign

4.1 Demonstrate knowledge of how to create multiple-page documents.
4.2 Demonstrate knowledge of how to use styles.
4.3 Demonstrate knowledge of how to use frames in a page layout.
4.4 Add text to page layout.
4.5 Add graphic, image, and video content to a page layout.
4.6 Demonstrate knowledge of how to create special page elements using InDesign tools.
4.7 Demonstrate knowledge of how to add interactive elements using InDesign tools.

Publish, Export, and Archive Page Layouts by Using Adobe InDesign

5.1 Demonstrate knowledge of how to prepare page layouts for publishing to print.
5.2 Demonstrate knowledge of how to prepare page layouts for export to multiscreen devices.