What is the ACA US National Championship?

The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) US National Championship presented by Certiport, a Pearson VUE Business, is a national competition that tests students’ design skills using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Top students are invited to represent their respective states at the National Championship where they will create a designated design project for Certiport’s chosen nonprofit client.


May 18, 2020

The Adobe Certified Associate U.S. National Championship is a special event for Certiport, student competitors, parents, and teachers, but the health and safety of everyone is our biggest priority during this uncertain time. Due to the difficulties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the current travel and large group event restrictions, we are disappointed that we will not be able to recognize the hard work and congratulate the ACA qualifying students in person this year at this event. We hope that they understand the need to make this decision based on the current circumstances that are out of our control with the COVID-19 threat in the United States.

The 2020 U.S. National Championship is cancelled. However, we are excited to invite the 2020 ACA Qualifier winners to the 2021 Adobe Certified Associate U.S. National Championship at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida, June 21-23, 2021.

Invitations have been distributed to all ACA Qualifier winners to register for the 2021 U.S. National Championship. Additional information about the 2021 ACA U.S. National Championship will be posted on this website in August. We look forward to recognizing the 2020 and 2021 ACA students at next year’s event in Orlando!

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at acachampionship@pearson.com. We hope that you are staying healthy and safe during this time.

ACA U.S. National Championship and COVID-19

**Amidst all the uncertainty with COVID-19, Certiport wants all invited attendees to be aware that we are still planning to proceed with the 2020 MOS and ACA U.S. National Championships. We are hopeful that the virus will be under control this summer, and that we can come together and celebrate the accomplishments of the incredible students. Any change or cancellation will be communicated immediately after a decision is made.**


How do I compete?

Only two simple steps to enter! The first step is to pass an Adobe Certified Associate exam in either Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. The second step is entering an original project to the submission form below.

Top projects from around the country will be chosen to compete in the live ACA US National Championship!

Click here to upload a project

What will I win?

ACA US national Championship 2020

1st place

  • 3,000
  • Trophy
  • Medal of Achievement
  • Winner’s Certificate
  • All-Expenses Paid Trip to the ACA World Championship
ACA US national Championship 2020

2nd place

  • 1,500
  • Medal of Achievement
  • Winner’s Certificate
ACA US national Championship 2020

3rd place

  • 750
  • Medal of Achievement
  • Winner’s Certificate

What’s the deadline to enter?

June 16, 2019

First day to enter the 2020 ACA US National Championship

First day to enter

First day to enter the 2020 ACA US Championship


May 8, 2020

Deadline to enter your ACA certification exam for the 2020 ACA US National Championship

Deadline to Enter

Last day to enter the 2020 ACA US National Championship


June 15-17, 2020

ACA US National Championship


Find out more about how you can get invited to the live 2020 ACA US National Championship

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Looking to promote the competition?

Certiport wants educators to have the materials they need to promote the ACA US National Championship in their classrooms and schools. Visit our Media page to request promotional items, view videos, and download your own posters, fliers, press releases, and other materials to get your students excited about the ACA US National Championship.

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Are you a teacher with a student coming to the ACA US National Championship? Now there’s something for you as well! Our CERTIFIED Educator Conference is the only education conference dedicated to exploring the pure potential and promise of certification in the classroom.

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Official rules

Want to verify all the rules for the ACA US National Championship? Visit our Official Rules page for more information.


Frequently asked questions

Want to learn more about the ACA US National Championship? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.


How do I submit my project?

Are you ready to submit your original project, for a chance to compete in the 2020 ACA US National Championship? Click below to upload your project for our judges.

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Past competitions

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ACA Championship Hall of Fame

The ACA Championship doesn’t end with the awards ceremony. Winners go on to compete and succeed in higher education and the job market.

Want to read the stories of some of our top ACA Champions from the past and find out where they are now? Download a copy of our e-book “Where Are They Now: Stories of Adobe Certified Associates”.

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