By Max Clarke

Leading UK awarding body, OCR, announced today that the existing certification for skills in Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop and Premiere (ACA), will now contribute to the achievement of OCR’s ITQ qualification.

This Adobe/OCR partnership means that students’ skills in Adobe software can now help them to succeed in a second nationally-recognised IT qualification from OCR. OCR’s portfolio of Adobe-linked qualifications is growing fast with success in Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop also helping students to achieve OCR’s Creative iMedia qualification.

For Adobe, this initiative represents the company’s commitment to ensuring that students have industry-standard skills when they enter the workplace.

Liz Wilkins, Senior Marketing Manager for Adobe Systems UK, said:
“At Adobe, we have worked closely with educational institutions for many years, championing the use of digital media tools and integrating them into a range of subject areas in order to better prepare students for the future demands of the workplace. It’s even more important in the current climate that other initiatives are put in place to create a link between students and creative professionals. We feel that ACA aligned with the OCR nationally-recognised qualifications will help to bridge that gap.”

John Deacon, OCR Business Manager:
“This is an excellent development which enhances our vocational IT qualification range and our ITQ qualification in particular. We are delighted to be working with Adobe and with Prodigy Learning once again. For several years, Adobe has greatly influenced the international media market through its industry-recognised media software. OCR customers asked if there was some way we could recognise the Adobe Certified Associate as a qualification, so we know that there is real demand out there.”

OCR’s ITQ in IT User Skills, which incorporates CLAiT, is a flexible credit-based qualification with a choice of 90 units to meet the needs of a wide range of learners.