Adobe has announced that the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA), an existing certification in entry-level skills for Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop, has been added to UK awarding body OCR's Creative iMedia suite of qualifications.

Adobe's 'License To Create' initiative, launched today at a gala event at the Tate Modern Gallery in London, means schools and colleges can now offer students nationally recognised qualifications for their skills using Adobe software.

For Adobe, this initiative represents the company's commitment to creativity in education and ensuring that students have industry-standard skills when they enter the workplace the company insists.

The Adobe Certified Associate was set up to certify entry-level skills needed to effectively use digital media tools across the internet, print, video and design, and then apply them to a number of disciplines.

Adobe Certified Associate

Developed in conjunction with Certiport, the ACA includes examinations that are closely aligned with the curriculum and course units will now appear on the Register of Regulated Qualifications as specialist units within the OCR Creative iMedia qualifications.

Education establishments already offering the Adobe Certified Associate include London Metropolitan University, Sawtry Community College in Cambridgeshire and Academy Class.

More information on the initiative can be found at www.licensetocreate.co.uk.