For the most part, Apple certifications can be loosely divided into two main groups – certifications for creative professionals, and certifications for IT professionals. While most Apple credentials fall either side of that dividing line, there are also certification tracks for Apple’s iWork product suite and the all-encompassing Apple Certified Trainer. So, broadly speaking, candidates can earn Apple certifications under the following categories:
For creative professionals, Apple’s Pro Applications certification tracks offer candidates the ability to showcase their expertise in one or more of Apple’s digital applications – for example, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Logic Pro or Aperture. Depending on the application, there can be up to three levels of expertise (Associate, Level One and Level Two) that can be demonstrated through achieving certification.
I.T. professionals have a choice of hardware and software related qualifications. The range of Mac OS X certifications is aimed toward I.T. professionals who might typically support OS X users in a networked environment, or who manage networks that include OS X systems.
The various Mac OS X / Hardware certifications offered are:
- Apple Certified Associate - Mac Integration
- Apple Certified Associate - Mac Management
- Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) (OS X Support Essentials Exam)
- Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) (ACTC Recertification Exam)
Apple exams range in price from US$65 - $200 depending on the exam and the candidate’s location. Some exams can be taken online, whilst others are only available through an Authorized Apple Training Center (AATC).