Adobe Illustrator

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The Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, etc.) is the world’s most powerful digital creative toolkit. Show the world that your students or candidates are ready and prepared to bring their new ideas to life with an Adobe Illustrator certification from a trusted, industry-recognized name with international appeal: Tosa.

The Tosa Adobe Illustrator certification determines and validates a candidate’s proficiency and skill level in Adobe’s vector graphics editor and design program application, which includes drawing basic and complex shapes, creating documents, using the text tool, organizing the interface, and more. The Tosa Adobe Illustrator certification supports students, trainees, employees, or jobseekers in their employment, professional, or academic objectives.

There are no eligibility requirements to take a Tosa certification exam. In K-12, we recommend using Tosa Adobe certifications as part of a course or curriculum starting at grade 6.

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Tosa assessments and certification exams on Adobe Illustrator

Assessments are not required to be proctored when taken remotely, while certification exams must be taken in-person or via our remote proctoring solution.

Assessment test Certification exam
Number of questions 25 35
Duration 40min 60min
Exam protocol Taken online Taken online under proctored conditions, in-person or via our remote proctoring system
Results Skill level on a 1 to 5 scale. Detailed skills reports Score on a 1 to 1000 scale. Diploma delivered within 5 business days

Tosa Graphics Certified User for Adobe – Graphic Design certification

The Tosa Adobe Illustrator certification is part of the Tosa Graphics Certified User for Adobe – Graphic Design certification .

More information about the Tosa Graphics bundle certification

Skills Badging with Credly

We partnered with Credly to help our earners share their new certification, and the skill set associated with it, on their resumes, CVs, or professional social media profiles. You can earn a skills certification badge from Credly when you score "Productive" level or higher on the Tosa Adobe Illustrator Certification Exam.

Available Badges for Adobe Illustrator

Tosa Graphics Proficiency Badging

Candidates that earn the Tosa Adobe Illustrator certification, plus one of Tosa Adobe Photoshop or Tosa Adobe InDesign, at the Productive level or above are entitled to receive a Tosa Graphics Certified User Credly badge that demonstrates proficiency on the Adobe software suite for graphic design, which includes includes Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator.

Skill Domains Assessed

Interface, workspace and fundamentals

These questions focus on general knowledge of the software and its interface as well as the type of files that can be created. More specifically, the skills cover the most common operations and actions that can be performed within Illustrator in the different color modes and according to the intended purpose.

Work on objects

The questions in this domain range from advanced handling of objects and combining objects to more complex design and effects, and advanced management of the text.

Specific functions

In this domain, candidates are tested on the structure of illustrations (stacking of objects, arrangement of layers, and blending modes) and advanced functions for high precision object processing (spot colors, transparency, advanced blending modes, merging/cutting operations between objects).


This domain focuses on the basic knowledge of the file formats that can be generated as well as on their specific technical features for production purposes: production objectives and specific operations.

Certification Exam Detail

The Tosa Adobe Illustrator Certification Exam relies on a database of more than 100 questions. It is composed of a mix of 35 questions, including multiple-choice, interactive, and live in-the-application questions, and lasts 1 hour. The algorithm adapts to each answer of the candidates to adjust the difficulty level of the questions until they reach the exact definition of the candidates’ level by calculating the limit of their skills. Candidates receive a numeric score out of 1000 points associated to a proficiency level on a five-level scale. Candidates who score between 1 and 550 points don't earn the certification. They will not receive a diploma but a certificate of completion. Candidates who score 551 points or above earn the certification. They will receive a diploma by email within five (5) business days  and are eligible to receive a Credly digital badge.

The Tosa Adobe Illustrator Certification Exam is valid for three (3) years. Once expired, earners must retake the certification to maintain it over time. Earners wishing to demonstrate skills development and personal growth may re-take the exam to improve their score at any time. There is no waiting period between two attempts.

Rules & Technical Requirements

Tosa certifications must be taken under specific proctoring conditions. For more information about Tosa certification exam rules and technical requirements, please visit our dedicated exam policies page or consult the downloadable PDFs below.

Tosa Certification Exam Technical Requirements (PDF) Tosa Certification Exam Rules (PDF)

Prepare For Your Certification Exam

In order to be well prepared for your exam day, we recommend:

  • Taking at least one Tosa assessment test prior to your exam
    The Tosa assessment test, like the certification exam, is an adaptive test composed of a mix of multiple-choice, interactive, and live in-the-application questions. It contains 25 questions and lasts 40 minutes. It does not need to be taken under proctored conditions. Results are delivered on the same 1-to-5 proficiency level scale and includes detailed skills reports to help determine student or candidate strengths and weaknesses before taking the certification exam.
  • Utilizing the free practice tests available on our website
    In addition to our Tosa assessment tests, we offer short practice tests for free. Simply navigate to and click on the “Free practice test” button on the top right of the page, then select which test subject you’d like to practice.
  • Taking a Tosa-aligned course
    We have partnered with several eLearning providers and publishers to provide online courses that align with the Tosa certification objectives. To achieve a productive level or higher for a Tosa certification, it requires candidates an average of 150 hours of training and hands-on experience with Adobe Illustrator. This average training time depends on their pre-existing skills or knowledge, the expected outcome for the certification (score/level), and the provider.

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