Apple Certification

Apple offers in-depth certification programs designed to create a high level of competence among Mac service technicians, system administrators and Pro users in the creative industry.

Apple Certification is available for:

  • Apple Pro Applications range:
    • Aperture
    • Color
    • DVD Studio Pro
    • Final Cut Pro
    • Final Cut Server
    • Logic Pro
    • Motion
    • Soundtrack Pro
  • Mac OS X operating system

Benefits of Apple Certification

Becoming certified proves that you possess a recognised high level of competence.

Apple certification allows you to:

  • Differentiate yourself and your business
  • Gain recognition for proven technical competency
  • Build credibility with clients and employers
  • Stay current with the latest technologies and best practice in your industry
  • Increase visibility and enhance your reputation in a competitive marketplace
  • Publicise your certifications on Apple's website, and connect with clients and employers
  • Display your personalised certificate and a logo that distinguishes you as an Apple Certified professional

The Certification Programs

Apple Pro Applications

Apple's professional digital applications are the standard for professional photographers, filmmakers, editors, sound designers, music producers, and multimedia artists. Certifications are available for all applications, including Aperture, Color, Compressor, DVD Studio Pro, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Server, Logic Pro, Motion, and Soundtrack Pro.

  • Apple Certified Pro - Level One certification: for the fundamentals of an application
  • Apple Certified Pro - Level Two certification: a more advanced knowledge. Level Two exams can be taken only after passing Level One

Mac OS X

Apple offers four Mac OS X certifications designed for system administrators, technical coordinators, and support professionals responsible for planning, supporting, and integrating Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server solutions in a multi-platform environment:

  • Beginning: Apple Certified Support Professional
  • Intermediate: Apple Certified Technical Coordinator
  • Advanced: Apple Certified System Administrator
  • Advanced/Specialised: Apple Certified Specialist

Each Certification has a recommended preparatory route to help you pass the exam. The table below shows the courses relevant to each exam.

Read more information on Apple's website

 

IT Professionals

To take this Technical Certification …

Take this course …

Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) 10.7 Mac OS X Support Essentials 10.7 (Lion 101)
Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) 10.7 Mac OS X Support Essentials 10.7 (Lion 101)
Mac OS X Server Essentials 10.7 (Lion 201)
Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA) 10.7 Mac OS X Server Essentials 10.7 (Lion 201)
Mac OS X Directory Services 10.7 (Lion 301)
Mac OS X Deployment 10.7 (Lion 302)
Mac OS X Security and Mobility 10.7 (Lion 303)
Apple Certified Specialist - Directory Services 10.7 Mac OS X Directory Services 10.7 (Lion 301)
Apple Certified Specialist - Deployment 10.7 Mac OS X Deployment 10.7 (Lion 302)

Creative Professionals

To take this Pro App Certification …

Take this course …

Aperture 3 Level One Introduction to Aperture 3 (Aperture 101)
Color Correction in Final Cut Studio Level One An Introduction to Color Correction in Final Cut Studio (Color 101)
DVD Studio Pro 4 Level One Introduction to DVD Studio Pro 4 (DVDSP 101)
Final Cut Pro X Level One One course from
Introduction to Final Cut Pro X (FCP 101)
Comprehensive Study of Final Cut Pro X (FCP 200)
Final Cut Pro 7 for Avid Editors (FCP 250)
Final Cut Pro X Level Two One of the above courses
AND
Final Cut Pro X Advanced Editing (FCP 300)
Logic Pro 9 Level One Introduction to Logic Express 9 and Logic Pro 9 (Logic 101)
Logic Pro 9 Level Two Introduction to Logic Express 9 and Logic Pro 9 (Logic 101)
AND
Advanced Techniques in Logic Pro 9 (Logic 301)
Motion 5 Level One Introduction to Motion 5 (Motion 101)
Sound Editing in Final Cut Studio Level One Introduction to Sound Editing in Final Cut Studio (Sound 101)

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I prepare for an exam?

How you learn is up to you. We recommend you take a class run by our expert trainers here at Transmedia. You may also wish to review the Apple Training and Pro Training Series books.

Prerequisites

Students should have at least ONE of the following prior to taking the exam:

  • Attended a Pro Application course at an Apple Authorised Training Centre.
  • Have extensive experience with their chosen application.

Students taking a Level 2 exam are required to have previously achieved Level One certification in their chosen subject.

What format does the exam take?

The exam is based on the content of the course book, which must be purchased separately. The exam is taken online, based on multiple-choice questions and answered within a given time limit, which is usually two hours. During the exam you are not allowed to use the Apple application or consult the course book.

Can I skip the course and just take the exam?

Yes. Our standard charge for taking just the exam is £100.00. But if you book the exam and the course at the same time, the cost of the exam is reduced to £85.

Can I skip Level One and go straight to Level Two?

Apple’s rule is that you can't take the Level 2 exam until you have passed Level 1. However, attending the preparatory course is not compulsory.

When do I take the exam?

You can take your exam immediately after the course (which in practice means during the last two hours of the last day of the course), or anytime within two weeks of the end of the course.

If you require the exam-only option, we will arrange a suitable time for you to take the exam.

I already have a 10.6 certification. How do I upgrade to 10.7?

We have a cost-effective fast track path for you to upgrade to the 10.7 certification. Phone us for details on 0208 269 4260.

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