Apple certification programs

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Apple certification programs are IT professional certifications for Apple Inc. products. They are designed to create a high level of technical proficiency among Macintosh service technicians, help desk support, technical support, system administrators, and professional users. Apple certification exams are offered at Prometric testing centers and Apple Authorized Training Centers, as well as online through Pearson Vue.[1]

Hardware Certifications[edit]

These certifications are designed for individuals interested in becoming Apple service technicians, help desk, desktop support, or Macintosh consultants who need all-around experience in servicing Macintosh computers. It includes two separate certifications.

Apple Certified Macintosh Technician[edit]

This certification is for the repair and diagnostics of all Macintosh desktops, portables, and servers. This certification is required to perform warranted hardware repairs for an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

Required exams

Previously, the hardware certification came in the combination of Apple Certified Desktop Technician (ACDT) and Apple Certified Portable Technician (ACPT), but has been combined into a single hardware certification. This certification also includes an extensive knowledge of Apple's operating system OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard including its installation, settings, troubleshooting, and applications.

Software Certifications[edit]

Pro Apps certifications[edit]

These certifications are designed for individuals who need a high skill-level in the use of Apple's pro applications or for professionals who provide support for Final Cut Pro software and peripheral devices.

Apple Certified Pro - Level One (pass any single exam from the list below)
  • Aperture 3
  • Color Correction in Final Cut Pro
  • Compressor 3.5
  • DVD Studio Pro 4
  • Final Cut Express 4
  • Final Cut Pro X (Level One)
  • Logic Pro X (Level One)
  • Motion 4
  • Sound Editing in Final Cut Studio
Apple Certified Pro - Level Two
  • Final Cut Pro X (Level One) and Final Cut Pro X (Level Two)
Apple Certified Master Pro - Final Cut Studio
  • Final Cut Pro X (Level One)

and any three of the following exams:

  • Final Cut Pro X (Level Two)
  • Color Correction in Final Cut Pro
  • Compressor 3.5
  • DVD Studio Pro 4
  • Motion 4
  • Sound Editing in Final Cut Studio
Xsan 2 Administrator
  • Xsan 2 Administration exam (Prometric exam: #9L0-622)
Apple Certified Media Administrator
  • Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.5 or v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-509 or 9L0-510)
  • Xsan 2 Administration Exam (Prometric exam: #9L0-622)
  • Final Cut Server (Prometric exam: #9L0-580)

and any one of the following exams:

  • Final Cut Pro X (Level One) (Prometric exam: #9L0-827)
  • Mac OS X Support Essentials v10.5 or v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-402 or 9L0-403)
  • Mac OS X Deployment v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-623)
  • Mac OS X Directory Services v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-624)

IT Professional Certifications[edit]

These certifications are designed for IT professionals who support Mac OS X or who perform Mac OS X desktop support and troubleshooting, such as help desk staff, system administrators, service technicians, and service desk personnel. Each certification is specific to the version of OS X it relates to; an administrator who was qualified as ACTC for OS X 10.4 Tiger is not an ACTC for 10.6 Snow Leopard. Recertification exams are available to speed the process of moving from one version to the next. OS X 10.6 exams are only available until 31 May 2012, when they will be withdrawn.

Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC)[edit]

This certification is designed for entry-level system administrators who provide help desk support to Mac OS X users, as well as maintain the Mac OS X Server platform.

Required exams
  • Mac OS X Support Essentials v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-403, withdrawn May 31, 2012)
  • Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-510, withdrawn May 31, 2012)

or

  • OS X Support Essentials 10.7 Exam (9L0-410)
  • OS X Server Essentials 10.7 Exam (9L0-515)

Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA)[edit]

This certification is catered for system administrators managing large multiplatform IT networks using Mac OS X Server and other Apple technologies. The ACSA program has been changed to offer individuals more flexibility and is now focused on individual job functions. Each passed exam earns a specialization certificate and a specific number of credits toward ACSA certification, which requires a total of 7 valid (unexpired) credits. OS X 10.6 is the last version to have this certification, there is no equivalent for OS X 10.7 Lion.

Required exams
  • Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-510, withdrawn May 31, 2012)
  • Mac OS X Deployment v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-623, withdrawn May 31, 2012)
  • Mac OS X Directory Services v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-624, withdrawn May 31, 2012)
  • Mac OS X Security & Mobility v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-625, withdrawn May 31, 2012)

Apple Certified Media Administrator (ACMA)[edit]

Verifies in-depth knowledge of Xsan architecture, including an ability to install and configure systems, architect and maintain networks, customize and troubleshoot services, and integrate Mac OS X, Final Cut Server, and other Apple technologies within an Xsan installation. ACMA certification is for system administrators and technicians working for resellers, post houses, studios or other large facilities. To earn ACMA status, students must pass three required exams and one elective exam as outlined below.

Required Exams
  • Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-510)
  • Xsan 2 Administration (Prometric exam: #9L0-622, withdrawn May 31, 2012)
  • Final Cut Server Level One (Prometric exam: #9L0-980)

Plus one of the following:

  • Mac OS X Support Essentials v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-403, withdrawn May 31, 2012)
  • Mac OS X Directory Services v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-624, withdrawn May 31, 2012)
  • Mac OS X Deployment v10.6 (Prometric exam: #9L0-623, withdrawn May 31, 2012)
  • Final Cut Pro Level One (Prometric exam: #9L0-827)

Xsan 2 Administrator[edit]

Verifies comprehensive knowledge of Apple's SAN file system for Mac OS X. An Xsan Administrator is responsible for the life cycle of Xsan, including installation, deployment, infrastructure. To earn Xsan Administrator certification, students must pass one exam. Xsan 2 exams are only available until 31 May 2012, when they will be withdrawn following Apple's integration of Xsan into OS X Server 10.7.

Required Exam
  • Xsan 2 Administration (Prometric exam: #9L0-622, withdrawn May 31, 2012)

Associate Certifications[edit]

Certified Associate certifications are designed for professionals, educators and students to validate their skills in Apple's digital lifestyle and authoring applications and iWork.

Apple Certified Associate in iWork[edit]

Required exam
  • iWork Level One (Prometric exam: #9L0-806)

List of Apple certification programs[edit]

Hardware[edit]

Trainers and Training Centers[edit]

  • Apple Certified Trainer (ACT)
  • Apple Authorized Training Centers (AATCs)
  • Apple Authorized Training Centers for Education (AATCEs)

Software Certifications[edit]

Mac OS X and IT certifications[edit]

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