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Nicholas Zimmerman
Final Cut Pro X Certification and Exam
on Jul 30, 2013 at 5:00:55 pm

So as of this morning I'm an Apple Certified Professional in Final Cut Pro X. Certification has been a goal of mine since I started with FCP back in the 4HD days. Considering what the experience was like this morning, I wish I would have just gone ahead and taken the exam a few years ago. I didn't have time today, but in two weeks I go back for the second level exam.

The reason I'm posting this is to start a discussion on certification, both FCPX and other platforms. How many of you have been certified? Did you continue with recertification after updates? What advice do you have for those looking to get certified? Did you take the official course, or train yourself? Why did you get certified? What certifications have really helped you, and what didn't?

Personally, I mainly got it for two reasons: To achieve a goal, and to use it on my business card (which I was already updating). I didn't take the official course (or even use the official book), but instead started on Lynda.com, then RippleTraining.com. During the last year I've done about 30 pieces in X, including two short films and a film race. I've actually learned a lot in the last week though, by going over the exam practice review. Lots of little things that I didn't realize were going on under my nose, or features that were right in front of my face that I almost never use. At the moment I'm debating whether or not to get certified in Media Composer. Considering I'm moving to LA in January, this may be a good idea. However I consider myself more of a filmmaker than an editor, and most of what I freelance is for extra spending money, not as a primary gig.

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