2023 Adobe Certified Professional Canadian National Competition

Are Your Students the Best in Canada?

We’re looking to crown the 2023 Adobe Certified Professional Canadian National Champions!

The Adobe Certified Professional Canadian Championship, hosted by CCI Learning is a National Competition that tests student’s skills in qualifying Adobe applications – Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

About the Canadian National Championship:

The top 20 students* with a combination of the highest exam and Design Project scores in each of the fall and spring qualifying periods, will be invited to compete at the Virtual Canadian National Championship on June 6-7, 2023.

Students must request the creative brief to complete the Design Project component of the qualification criteria by contacting us. Students may submit their Design Project with all related source files at any time to CCI Learning on or before May 12, 2023 by emailing us to SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN PROJECT.*

Students may qualify in one of the two qualifying periods:

2023 Qualifying Periods:

Fall Qualifier period: June 16, 2022 – December 16, 2022
Spring Qualifier: December 17,2022 – May 12, 2023

How Students Can Participate:

Once a student has submitted a qualifying Adobe Certified Professional exam, students that would like to enter to qualify for the Canadian National Championship must contact us to receive a Design Project creative brief to complete the project component to qualify for the competition.

Eligible students will be given specific project guidelines in the creative brief. Students will then use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and/or Adobe InDesign to create a digital asset to match the requested guidelines in the creative brief, using fonts, stock photography, and branding guidelines provided.

All design projects with source files must be completed and submitted by May 12, 2023, to qualify to participate in the Canadian National Championship. A limit of one (1) project per person is allowed throughout the two Qualifying Periods.

Design Projects received from any person in excess of the above stated limitation will be void. Projects are void if they are counterfeit, obtained through fraud, or late.

To improve exam scores and completion time, contestants are encouraged to retake their Adobe Certified Professional certification exams.

A student may take an eligible Adobe Certified Professional exam as many times as they want/need to achieve their desired results, as long as the student is not in violation of the exam retake policy.

Once the testing deadline of May 12, 2023, is completed, CCI Learning will notify the potential winners via email. If communication is not received from the potential winner within 48 hours, they may be disqualified. If disqualified, an alternative potential winner may be selected from other qualifying exams following the same process and criteria.

Students can enter their exam scores in one of two ways:

1. Enter an Exam at the Time of Testing:

When taking an Adobe Certified Professional exam before it is launched a screen will appear with information regarding Adobe Certified Professional competitions and an opt-in checkbox. To have an exam qualify for the championships, check the box, and then select the OK button.

The exam will automatically be submitted to the championship if the student passed. Students can opt-out of the competition by not checking the checkbox if they do not want to compete in the competition.

2. Enter an Already Completed Exam:  

If a student completes and passes a qualifying exam but did not select to enter it into the Championship, they can enter after it is submitted for a chance to be the next Adobe Certified Professional Canadian National Champion! Simply follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Candidate Home Page a www.certiport.com
  2. Click on the Championship link
  3. Select the exam to enter the Championship
  4. Select the ‘Register Selected Exams’button

On Competition Day:

On the June 6, 2023,  first Competition Day, a new Design Project based on a new creative brief will be provided to contestants. Contestants will have 6 hours to complete the Design Project.

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and/or Adobe InDesign may be used to complete the project. Contestants must demonstrate proficiency in the applications used in the source files as part of the scoring criteria.

Winner Determination:

At the conclusion of the Competition, contestants will be graded on:
  1. Their ability to articulate the creative brief for the Design Project.
  2. Their ability to demonstrate their skills in using one or all of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and/or Adobe InDesign applications.
  3. The highest combined scores on the Design Project based on the above, to be judged by CCI Learning’s panel.
  4. The combination of these scores will determine the winners of the Canadian Championship.
    1. 1st Place going to the highest score.
    2. 2nd Place going to the next highest score.
    3. 3rd Place going to the next highest score.

In the event of a tie, the Adobe Certified Professional judges will select a potential winner based on criteria in the judges’ guidelines.

In the event a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the Design Project that received the next highest score will be chosen as the potential winner. The 1st place winner will compete in the Adobe Certified Professional World Championship, representing Canada.

* To compete in the final round of the competition:

  1. Students must be enrolled in an approved, accredited learning institution.
  2. Be between the ages of 13 and 22 as of June 6, 2023.
  3. If you are an eligible minor, you must have the permission from your parents or legal guardians to participate in the competition.
  4. Have access to the Internet before and throughout the competition and qualify periods.

PLEASE NOTE: All competitors must be ready, willing, and able to travel to the USA with a valid passport, USA Travel Visa if required and, be able to comply with any applicable health regulations including proof of vaccination as required.

What Can Canadian National Champions Win?

The 1st place champion will win an All Expense Paid Trip representing Canada to compete in 2023 Adobe Certified Professional World Championship in Orlando, Florida!

Prizes and Awards for Canadian Champions are outlined below:
  • $1500 (CAD)
  • Medal of Achievement
  • Certificate
  • $1000 (CAD)
  • Medal of Achievement
  • Certificate
  • $500 (CAD)
  • Medal of Achievement
  • Certificate