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Many training companies advertise their courses claiming to be experts in everything under the sun. Reputable companies do hire Adobe Certified Instructors for their Adobe product training but many others don’t bother. Also in my experience you rarely get to speak to the actual person who will deliver your training to discuss your needs beforehand. Your enquiry may well be fielded by an administrator or manager without relevant expertise.
It’s possible that private or bespoke tuition via bigger training companies may work out to be more troublesome and perhaps expensive than it would be if you contacted a qualified trainer directly. My advice would be to ‘cut out the middlemen’ and get your training delivered by an approachable professional with appropriate subject knowledge, commercial experience and a recognised teaching credential. So, go direct!
As a caveat I should add that my brain isn’t big enough to cover the whole, huge gamut of Adobe software… but there are products which I do use for design work.
Adobe’s marketing refers to Photoshop as a ‘family’ of software products (aimed at different users). If you require a course using another application not listed on my site (perhaps within the Adobe Photoshop product family for example) please let me know.
Buying Adobe software
I am not a software retailer, however in a consultancy capacity I am often asked to advise on which products to buy and so on. With this in mind here’s some useful pointers. The Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 or 5.5 family includes Design Premium and Design Standard editions as well as a Web Premium edition. There are many different permutations of the Creative Suite bundle which you can buy or you can purchase any application separately. This page on Adobe’s site gives a useful table of these permutations so that before buying you can decide which version is right for you.
If you qualify for educational pricing their software is substantially cheaper.
Below is a link to Adobe’s education pages for details.
ACI criteria and qualification requirements
An ACI (Adobe Certified Instructor) is an ACE (Adobe Certified Expert) who provides expert instruction on Adobe products. To qualify as an ACI according to Adobe’s criteria I have to provide verification that I have passed relevant certification (ACE) exams and in addition possess a recognised instructor (teaching) qualification. I hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Brighton which fulfills this requirement.
I offer training to the public and I operate my own training business as an independent instructor. I am not an employee of an AATC (Adobe Authorised Training Centre) but am a member of the Adobe Partner Connection Training Provider Program. You will find my name and contact details listed individually in the Adobe Training Partner Finder.