Details of the Adobe Captivate (2019) Specialist Certification experience: Getting started – Part 1 of 3 in a series
I completed the Adobe Captivate (2019) Specialist certification in Las Vegas this past fall. But, before I even got to Nevada, the learning experience had begun.
The registration process for the Adobe Captivate Specialist certification course in Las Vegas, Nevada was relatively straight forward. I went online, paid the $499 USD fee and was registered to both the course and the one day co-located Adobe Learning Summit. Even when paying with Canadian dollars, the price seemed very reasonable. Meanwhile, I had never been to Las Vegas and thought it would be a great opportunity to combine business with pleasure.
Opening up the online course
Two weeks prior to the face-to-face training in Las Vegas I received an email giving me access to Adobe Prime and the Adobe Captivate Specialist Certification course. When I got into the course, what I found was a series of videos – 20 in total. There were also a set of Captivate 2019 projects that I downloaded using the trial 30-day Adobe Captivate subscription that I had set up in advance. The videos and the Captivate projects were mostly the “Enfin8y – Ergonomics” project (pictured). The whole of it seemed intense. But with some planning, I knew I could get in done in time for the face-to-face training in Las Vegas. Or, so I hoped.
Once I started playing the videos I grasped the volume of work ahead of me. Although it was a total of seven hours of video, each video included a practice activity. Essentially, you re-create the “Enfin8y – Ergonomics” project step-by-step. While learning by doing is excellent pedagogy, the reality of it translated into about 30 hours of work. I would watch the video and with my free trail subscription, would complete the associated activity. Back and forth between playing the video, doing the activity and replaying the video it went. Meanwhile, the time to board my flight to Vegas loomed.
Completing the pre-training
Near the end of the allotted two weeks I played the very last video of the pre-training. It was a total of 3 minutes. Short and sweet. The online instructor, who’s voice had become synonymous for me with the certification process, wished us good luck with the exam. I thought with a little dismay, “Would I be ready?” I could feel the test anxiety tightening in my chest. After 30 hours of training I believed I was probably prepared but that I’d only just scratched the surface of this incredibly comprehensive software. Meanwhile, the pre-training was done and dusted. I was ready as I would (n)ever be. I could only hope that the work I’d done had been enough.
Tips from the road
- Get started with the online training right away and plan your time.
- Download a free trial version of Adobe Captivate 2019 or get a full subscription.
- Build in time to reflect on what you are learning. Rushing and cramming will make it challenging to retain what you have learned.
- Have fun!
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