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Apple

The Apple Training and Certification program is designed to keep you at the forefront of Apple technology. Certification creates a benchmark to demonstrate your proficiency in specific Apple technologies and gives you a competitive edge in today’s evolving job market.

Apple offers three levels of certification on Final Cut Pro X, Apple Certified Associate, Apple Certified Pro – Level One, and Apple Certified Pro – Level Two. Certification exams don’t require attendance at a class. Students who prefer to learn on their own or who already have the necessary skill set in the chosen application may take an exam for a fee.

Apple Certified Associate status validates basic entry-level skills in a specific application. Unlike an Apple Certified Pro exam, you can take

Associate exams online. Apple Certified Associate status is appropriate for students, for someone preparing for a first job or college-level program, or for someone interested in validating entry-level credentials.

An Apple Certified Pro is a user who has reached the highest skill level in the use and operation of Apple’s Pro applications. Students earn certification by passing the online exam administered only at Apple Authorized Training Centers (AATCs). Apple Certified Pro status is appropriate for industry professionals.

Apple Certified Pro – Level One attests to basic operational knowledge of a specific application. Level One exams are administered at the end of

specific courses, or you may take the exam at an Apple Authorized Training Center for a fee.

Apple Certified Pro – Level Two attests to a deeper understanding of the application as well as mastery of advanced features. You may take Level Two exams only after earning Level One certification.

 

Exam Preparation Guide for the Level One and Associate Level Certifications

What are the benefits of Apple certification?

As an Apple Certified Pro, you can leverage the power of the Apple brand. When you pass a certification exam, you receive an email about your certificate.

You also receive a login for the Apple Certification Records System, where you can:

• Update your profile information and sign up to display your Apple certification(s) on the Apple Certified Professionals Registry 

• Review your certification progress 

• Download your certification logo(s) to use on business cards, résumés, ?websites, and more 

• Provide access to employers to verify your certifications 

How do the Associate and Level One exams differ?

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X (2nd Edition) by Diana Weynand is designed to prepare you for either the Associate Level or Level One exam. ?Details on the objectives for each exam are noted in the specifics for each chapter later in this document. However, you can use the following guidelines to help determine which exam is right for you. 

The Associate Level exam is designed for a candidate who meets the following prerequisites: 

• Limited experience with the editing process and terminology. 

• A student or someone who wants to validate entry-level skills for an entry-level job or college-level program. After you gain experience, you can take the Level One exam. 

• Familiarity with OS X and software applications, including experience with navigation tools. 

• Entry-level understanding of Final Cut Pro X and the ability to edit a simple project, with basic operational skills to import and manage media, edit, apply effect templates, make simple color adjustments, and output a finished program. 

• Limited knowledge of keyboard shortcuts.

The Level One exam is designed for a candidate who meets the following ?prerequisites: 

• Knowledge of editing workflow and terminology in an industry setting. 

• A working professional such as an assistant editor, editor, director, producer, multimedia producer, or anyone involved in the broadcast, multimedia, video, or film production or postproduction process. 

• A strong familiarity with OS X and software applications, including experience with navigation tools. 

• Fundamental understanding of Final Cut Pro X and the ability to edit a complex project to completion, with operational skills to import and manage media, edit, create custom effects, apply complex manual 

Exam Preparation Guide for the Level One and Associate Level Certifications color corrections, and output a finished program in a variety of formats.

• Knowledge of keyboard shortcuts and other best practices that streamline workflow in a fast-paced professional setting.

Exam Details 

Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X (2nd Edition) by Diana Weynand prepares you to take one of two certification exams to earn status as either an Apple Certified Associate or Apple Certified Pro.

Level One exam details

The Final Cut Pro X Level One exam is a computer-based test offered at AATCs. To find the closest AATC, go to training.apple.com/locations.

Many AATCs schedule certification exam sessions at training.apple.com/ schedule. If you don’t see a session scheduled at your nearest AATC, contact the AATC to ask about scheduling a session. Note that all AATCs offer all OS X and Pro Apps exams, even if they don’t offer the corresponding courses.

The exam timer doesn’t start until you view the first technical question. You may not access any resources or references during the exam. Find details about exam scoring at training.apple.com/certification/faq. Some exams are also available in other languages; for details, go to training.apple.com/ certification/localized.

Final Cut Pro X Level One exam details:

• Exam number: 9L0-810 

• Number of test questions: About 59 technical, five demographic (unscored) 

• The exam uses a random pool of multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and interactive-media questions 

• Passing score: 80 percent (scores are not rounded) 

• Exam duration: 90 minutes

Associate Level exam details

The Final Cut Pro X Associate Level exam is an online exam.   In addition, many schools offer this exam to their students. Final Cut Pro X Associate Level exam details: 

• Exam number: 9L0-809 

• Number of test questions: About 45 technical, five demographic (unscored) 

• The exam uses a random pool of multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and interactive-media questions 

• Passing score: 75 percent (scores are not rounded) 

• Exam duration: One hour 

Exam Preparation Guide for the Level One and Associate Level Certifications

Recommended Exam Preparation

We recommend the following exam-preparation strategies:

• Gain experience with the application 

• Learn from experts: FCP 101: Introduction to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 200: Comprehensive Study of Final Cut Pro X 

• Study the book Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X (2nd Edition) by Diana Weynand 

• Review the optional study materials 

• Review the objectives and sample questions in this guide 

Gain experience with the application

Nothing can substitute for time spent learning the technology firsthand. After you read the book or take the class, or both, spend time increasing your familiarity with the software to ensure success on the certification exam.

Learn from experts

AATCs offer hands-on classes with the technology where you can benefit from the expertise of Apple Certified Trainers and your peers.

More information on the Final Cut Pro X Level One Exam are located here.

Exam prepartion for the Final Cut Pro X Level Two Exam

The Final Cut Pro X Level Two exam is a computer-based test offered in a proctored setting at AATCs . To find the closest AATC, go to training.apple.com/locations.

Many AATCs schedule certification exam sessions at training.apple.com/ schedule. If you don’t see a session scheduled at your nearest AATC, contact the AATC to ask about scheduling a session. Note that all AATCs offer all OS X and Pro Apps exams, even if they don’t offer the corresponding courses.

The exam timer doesn’t start until you view the first technical question. You may not access any resources or references during the exam. For details on exam scoring, go to training.apple.com/certification/faq. Some exams are also available in other languages; for details, go to training.apple.com/ certification/localized.

Final Cut Pro X Level Two exam details:

• Exam number: 9L0-812

• Number of test questions: approximately 60 technical, five demographic (unscored)

• The exam uses a random pool of multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and interactive-media questions

• Minimum passing score: 75 percent (scores are not rounded)

• Exam duration: 90 minutes.

More information on the Final Cut Pro X Level Two Exam can be found by going here.

You can’t take the Level Two exam until you’ve earned Level One certification.

 

Avid

Media Composer User Exam:

The Avid Media Composer Certified User Exam is the first of two certification exams that allow you to become Avid Certified. The two combined certifications offer an established and recognized goal for both academic users and industry professionals as shown in the graphic below. The Avid Media Composer User Certification requires that you display a firm grasp of the core skills, workflows, and concepts of non-linear editing on the V5.0 Avid Media Composer system. Avid collaborated with a team of psychometricians, test development consultants, and technology subject matter experts throughout the exam development process to ensure the exam is reliable, fair, and valid.

What is the Media Composer Certified User exam?

The Media Composer Certified User Exam is designed to assess a candidate's core skills for editing with Avid Media Composer, including the fundamental concepts and workflow of editing. The Media Composer User Certification requires that you display a firm grasp of the core skills, workflows, and concepts of non-linear editing on the Avid Media Composer system. The exam covers content from the Professional Editing with Avid Media Composer 5-day course (or equivalent real-world product experience).  Avid collaborated with a team of psychometricians, test development consultants, and technology experts throughout the Media Composer Certified User Exam development process to ensure the exam is reliable, fair, and valid.

Why should I obtain this certification?

As a professional, an Avid Certified credential allows you to:

  • Differentiate yourself from competitors
  • Make your résumé stand out
  • Attract and win new business
  • Gain recognition from your employer and peers
  • Leverage the power of the Avid brand

As an employer, use the Avid Certified credential as a benchmark so you can:

  • Find the right person for the job
  • Quickly assess candidate skill level
  • Invest in and promote your most promising employees
  • Keep your systems running at top performance, with little to no downtime

 

Who should take the Media Composer Certified User exam?

The Media Composer Certified User exam is designed for individuals who possess:

  • Thorough knowledge of the editing process through experience as an editor, assistant editor, director, producer, or other experience that has provided knowledge of the editing process for digital media.
  • Familiarity with Macintosh or Windows operating systems and software applications on those platforms, including experience with their user interfaces and navigational tools.
  • Fundamental understanding of, and the capability to use Avid Media Composer to edit a project through completion, with all of the fundamental operational skills to capture and manage media, edit, apply effects, color correct, and output the finished program.

 

What topics are covered on the Media Composer Certified User exam?

The content areas covered and their relative proportions on the exam are as follows:

  • Content Area/Percentage of Exam:
  • Basic Editing  - 15%
  • Refine - 15%
  • Refine Audio - 8%
  • Effects - 13%
  • Finishing - 12%
  • Input/Output - 12%
  • Project Management - 25%

For more detailed information on what is covered on the Media Composer Certified User exam, see the Media Composer Certified User Exam Blueprint. The blueprint and other resources are found here.

How do I register for the Media Composer Certified User exam?*

To register for an exam, please register here. The initial cost of a Media Composer User Exam is $150. Students can register on-line under our registration page for an Avid certification test under "Special Workshops" on our registration page.  Exams are given between 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday.

How do I prepare for the Avid Media Composer Certified User exam?

The Media Composer Certified User exam is designed to assess a candidate's core skills for editing with Avid Media Composer, including the fundamental concepts and workflow of editing. The Media Composer User Certification requires that you display a firm grasp of the core skills, workflows, and concepts of non-linear editing on the Avid Media Composer system. The exam covers content from the MC101: Media Composer Editing Essentials 3-day course (or equivalent real-world product experience) and the MC110: Media Composer Effects Essentials 2-day course.

What happens if I take the exam and do not pass?

Exam results are shown immediately when an exam is completed and submitted for evaluation. Unless a candidate is banned from retaking the exams for reasons of fraud or rule violations, the following retake policy applies:

  • If a candidate does not pass an exam the first time, he/she may retake it after at least 24 hours have passed.
  • If a candidate does not achieve a passing score the second time, the candidate must wait at least two weeks to retake the exam a third    time.
  • A two-week waiting period will be imposed for all subsequent exam retakes.
  • A candidate may not take a given exam any more than five times per calendar year.
  • Once a candidate has passed an exam, it may not be taken again.

 

What should I bring with me to take the exam?

You must bring two forms of personal identification with you to the exam testing center.  Both forms of ID must have your signature, and one of the two forms of ID must have your photo. Valid forms of identification include: driver's license, passport, or equivalent.

Reference materials, laptops, backpacks, notepads, pens, or other personal equipment are not allowed in the testing area.

Can I refer to study materials during the exam?

No. Candidates are not allowed to reference any documentation or study materials during the exam.

What is the format of the exam?

 

The Media Composer Certified User exam is comprised of 60 questions and is directly tied to the Media Composer Editing Essentials and Media Composer Effects Essentials course content. The time allotted to complete the exam is 75 minutes.

Test items are presented in the following formats:

Multiple Choice: Select the single option that best answers the question

Illustration Review: Refer to the illustration (e.g. Media Composer user interface, movie frame, etc.) prior to answering the multiple choice or multiple response question

 

What will I receive if I successfully pass the exam?

Along with becoming a part of an elite group of Media Composer users, you will receive:

1.Official certificate mailed to you, proving your Media Composer 6 User status.

2.Logos electronically delivered to you, for use in your business marketing materials such as business cards and websites.

3.(Optional with your express consent) Listing of your credentials on Avid.com.  (http://www.avid.com/US/support/training/find-professional)

Media Composer Professional Exam: Details Coming Soon!

 

Pro Tools Certified User Exam

The Avid Pro Tools 9 Certified User Exam is the first of several certification exams that allow you to become Avid Certified.  The combined certifications offer an established and recognized goal for both academic users and industry professionals as shown in the graphic below. The graphic below illustrates your pathway to certification.

The Avid Pro Tools 9 User Certification requires that you display a firm grasp of the core skills, workflows, and concepts of digital audio editing on an Avid Pro Tools 9 system.

Who should take the Media Composer Certified User exam?

The Pro Tools Certified User exam is designed for individuals who possess:

  • Thorough knowledge of the audio engineering process through experience as an engineer, assistant engineer, producer, or other experience that has provided knowledge of the editing process for digital audio
  • Familiarity with Macintosh or Windows operating systems and software applications on those platforms, including experience with their user interfaces and navigational tools
  • Fundamental understanding of, and the capability to use Avid Pro Tools to engineer a project through completion, with all of the fundamental operational skills to record, edit, mix, and output the finished session

 

What topics are covered on the Pro Tools Certified User exam?

The content areas covered and their relative proportions on the exam are as follows:

Content Area/Percentage of Exam

  • Session Management 10%
  • Recording 15%
  • Editing 20%
  • Mixing 20%
  • Finishing 10%
  • Video 5%
  • Elastic Audio 10%
  • Virtual Instruments 10%

 

What happens if I take the exam and do not pass?

Exam results are shown immediately when an exam is completed and submitted for evaluation. Unless a candidate is banned from retaking the exams for reasons of fraud or rule violations, the following retake policy applies:

  • If a candidate does not pass an exam the first time, he/she may retake it after at least 24 hours have passed
  • Once a candidate has passed an exam, it may not be taken again

 

What should I bring with me to take the exam?

You must bring two forms of personal identification with you to the exam testing center.  Both forms of ID must have your signature, and one of the two forms of ID must have your photo. Valid forms of identification include: driver's license, passport, or equivalent.

Reference materials, laptops, backpacks, notepads, pens, or other personal equipment are not allowed in the testing area.

Can I refer to study materials during the exam?

No. Candidates are not allowed to reference any documentation or study materials during the exam.

What is the format of the exam?

The Pro Tools 9 Certified User exam is composed of 50 questions and is directly tied to the Introduction to Pro Tools and Pro Tools Production I course content. The time allotted to complete the exam is 60 minutes.

Test items are presented in the following formats:

  • Multiple Choice: Select the single option that best answers the question
  • Illustration Review: Refer to the illustration (e.g. Pro Tools user interface, etc.) prior to answering the multiple choice question

 

What will I receive if I successfully pass the exam?

Along with becoming a part of an elite group of Pro Tools users, you will receive:

  • Official certificate mailed to you, proving your Pro Tools User status
  • Logos electronically delivered to you, for use in your business marketing materials such as business cards and websites
  • (Optional with your express consent) Listing of your credentials on Avid's Find a Certified Professional online listing

 

How do I prepare for the Pro Tools Certified User exam?

It is recommended that all candidates complete the Introduction to Pro Tools and Pro Tools Production I courses prior to taking the exam, as the exam content is directly tied to the course content.

How do I register for the Pro Tools Certified User exam?*

To register for an exam, please register here. The initial cost of a Media Composer User Exam is $150. Students can register on-line under our registration page for an Avid certification test under "Special Workshops" on our registration page.  Exams are given between 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday.

 

 

Autodesk

For information on becoming an Autodesk certified user please click here.

 

Adobe

For information on becoming an Adobe certified user please click here.