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By the end of the AP course, students will have practiced the career and professional education (CAPE) skills necessary to earn certification in the software.

To become certified, students must pass a test that is administered or endorsed by the software makers. These are generally computer-based tests administered at testing centers authorized by the certifying body. Some high schools host these exams so that their students won’t have to travel to take them. The tests usually require students to demonstrate knowledge (for example, by completing multiple-choice questions) as well as skill (by completing certain tasks using the software).

The College Board does not create or administer these certification tests, and these exams test students on CAPE content only, not AP content.

Certification in the CAPE applications can be a positive addition to a student's résumé and college application. Many employers view certification as a mark of career readiness, and some colleges grant course credit for certain certifications.

The chart below shows each AP course in the pilot, the digital tool each course is paired with, and the industry certification that the student may be able to earn.

AP Digital Edge Pairings Available Fall 2015

AP Course Digital Tool Industry Certification
AP Computer Science A JavaScript CIW JavaScript Specialist
AP English Language and Composition Word 2013 Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2013
AP Microeconomics Excel 2013 Microsoft Office Specialist Excel 2013
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design Photoshop Creative Cloud Adobe Certified Associate: Visual Communication Using Photoshop

Industry partners include: