ACA Championship

Anaheim, California


Due to the difficulties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the current travel and large group event restrictions, Prodigy Learning is sad to announce the cancellation of the 2020 ACA  ‘in Person, live’ Championship event.

However, all is not lost! We are delighted to announce that we will still be looking to crown the ACA UK & Ireland Champion this June but via a virtual final!! This will take place during the last week of June and will feature as part of our annual CertMatters.Live celebration.

Read News Article for full details here

Prove BEST of the BEST Adobe Digital Creativity Skills 

The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) World Championship is a global competition that identifies and honours the next generation of design professionals using Adobe software, operated and sponsored in the UK & Ireland by Prodigy Learning.

In 2020 one student will win the trip of a lifetime to represent the UK & Ireland at the final round in ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA and the chance to compete in Certiport’s global ACA World Championship Final (with a top prize of $7,000 USD)!

To select these Champions, Adobe and Prodigy Learning invite students across the UK & Ireland to participate in the ACA Championship and prove their mastery of Adobe design software.


Taking Part

To participate, eligible students* must first take, and pass, a qualifying Adobe Certified Associate Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator exam in one of the two Entry Rounds to be eligible for invitation to the UK & Ireland Final, 12th June 2020. For more details and information on preparing your students, please visit

ACA UK & Ireland Championship 2020 

1000’s of students across the UK & Ireland will enter, only the top 20 students will secure a place and be invited to the ACA UK & Ireland Championship Final in London at CertMatters.Live on 12th June 2020. These students will complete an ACA exam and create a design based on a brief from a real-world, non-profit client. The ACA UK & Ireland Champion will win trip of a lifetime to compete in CALIFORNIA.

Entry Rounds

Round One – Sept 1st to Dec 20th, 2019

  •  5 students from across the UK & Ireland secure place in London Final, 12th June.

Round Two – Jan 6th – May 14th, 2020

  • 10 students from across the UK & Ireland secure place in London Final, 12th June.
  • 5 students selected from Academic Institutions who host regional Test Fests secure place in London Final, 12th June.

Real life Non-Profit Client – Design project

20 finalists will be invited to CertMatters.Live for live UK & Ireland ACA Championship Final 2020. Finalists will compete in a design challenge where they will be given instructions, project requirements and assets to complete a real-world design challenge using Adobe Creative Cloud software. The UK & Ireland Champion will be determined based on an evaluation of the finalist’s work. Our 2019 Charity Partner, Ambionics were blown away by the talent of the young designers who nailed the design brief.

Host a Test Fest

Learn more about hosting your own Test Fest with #TeamProdigy by getting in touch with us, we can come on the day & support!

2019 UK & Ireland ACA Champion

William Core, Coventry University ACA student is our current 2019 UK & Ireland ACA Champion. He won the trip of a lifetime to fly to NEW YORK where he competed in the ACA World Championship.

Take a look at William Core Winning Design 2019

Official ACA World Championship Rules

*Terms and Conditions apply.  For full Terms and Conditions of the local UK competition please email  To compete in the final round of the Championship, students must be enrolled in an approved, accredited learning institution and be 13 to 22 years of age (as of June 15, 2020). UK & Ireland , and Australian Champions must be available to travel to Anaheim, California from London / Sydney from August 2-5, 2020.

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