February 11, 2020
Adobe Captivate Specialist – Prerequisites!
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February 11, 2020
Adobe Captivate Specialist – Prerequisites!
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Hi,

I’m brand new to Adobe Captivate. I’ve watched a Webinar and a few of the free tutorials, but have actually only tinkered with the software.

I’m wondering what’s the best way to move forward in learning. My director is willing to pay for training, so I was looking at the Specialist option, but I am wondering if I’m too green to sign up for that. Do I need some training prior to the tutorials that are included in the Specialist training?

Thanks so much for your help!

Patty

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2020-02-14 19:43:43
2020-02-14 19:43:43

Hi Patty, It looks like Adobe has renamed the program to the Adobe Captivate Professional Certification, but that makes little difference. I’m one of the in-class instructors for the workshop portion of this course. The good news is that before your arrival for the in-class workshop, there will be many hours of instructional videos and exercises for you to work through. It’s like anything though, the more you put into your preparation time, the more you will get out of it. If done correctly, the in-class portion of the certification should be a review of what you’ve learned in the weeks leading up to the live event. I don’t think you need training in preparation for attending the certification. If you feel you need more practice in one or more areas after completing the certification, you can hire professional Captivate teachers for one-on-one instruction.

 

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2020-02-12 14:13:07
2020-02-12 14:13:07

LOL – Well, I realized afterwards that I really did not address the question.

My advice would begin with…

“Continue tinkering!”

Your hands on experience, struggles, challenges overcome, and repetition are all good teachers.

Secondly, check out some examples of ideas in the community that can help to fuel your own creative desires.

Finally, ask some questions here. There are many willing to help and will often provide different angles from which to approach a task.

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2020-02-12 14:01:55
2020-02-12 14:01:55

To me, it seems the word “Specialist” carries with it a sense of fluency only gained from years of having your nose to the grindstone and having more than your share of anecdotal evidence for why this product is recognized as an industry standard.

Becoming a true “Specialist” requires much more than a few videos and a day of training.

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2020-02-12 16:05:26
2020-02-12 16:05:26
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It is just an overview for newbies, Greg. Have explained that multiple times. Semantically the word ‘specialist’ has no sense at all for this type of training. Be happy that they didn’t label it ‘expert’.

Spccialisit = a person who concentrates primarily on a particular subject or activity; a person highly skilled in a specific and restricted field

You see that this definition clashes completely with the certificate training. 

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2020-02-12 08:48:13
2020-02-12 08:48:13

That training is meant for newbies. If it is the best way to get you up and running, that is a totally different question because it depends on many factors. Almost all features are treated, but at a rather low level. Depending on your way of learning that may lead to ‘overload’, (where you’ll not need some features) and/or be insufficient for some features which you really do need to be up to a higher level. Hope you understand what I mean. You will get videos (not interactive tutorials) when registering for the training, and exercise files to do. The live day training is just a very quick overview, a demo, not a real training.  It is not the classical Flipped Class approach which would be better IMHO.

When you look at this post (will get insults, but used to it), which is based on my decades of training and answering questions about Captivate in all social media since >10 years, compare it with the Certificate training, you may understand a little bit better what I mean.

http://blog.lilybiri.com/challenges-for-starters

Always ready to answer more questions. I have assisted (to help users) at several certificate training days, you can believe my personal opinion. It may be a good solution, but I have trained certified people because they needed more in-depth training for features they didn’t get yet.

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