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Acquia Certified DAM Administrator

This is the study guide for Acquia Certified DAM Administrator Examination.

This guide explains the exam blueprint, breaks down knowledge domains, and helps you get familiar with the nature of questions asked in the exam. It also provides helpful steps to prepare for the exam and links to further resources for study and preparation.

About the exam

The following is the key information about the exam:

  • Exam name: Acquia Certified DAM Administrator
  • Exam duration: 60 minutes
  • Exam length: 34 questions
  • Pass/Fail mark: 70%

The purpose of this exam is to validate skills and knowledge of administrators in the area of maintaining the DAM system, configuring DAM settings, leveraging APIs/integrations, and using Insights and Portals.

This exam is meant for experienced administrators working on Acquia DAM.

This exam validates a candidate’s ability to:

  • Understand fundamental DAM concepts
  • Understand DAM governance and maintenance
  • Configure access and initial settings
  • Leverage API and integrations
  • Use data from Insights
  • Create and customize Portals

Steps to certification

Newcomer: You are absolutely new to DAM systems and Acquia products.

Intermediate: You have DAM system experience, but are new to the Acquia platform.

Advanced: You have DAM administration and Acquia DAM experience, and wish to get certified.

Take Widen University courses

As a newcomer to the Acquia platform, take the introductory courses of Acquia DAM on Widen University. This will start you on your journey to certification.

Customers can access these and other courses for free on Widen University. The full catalog of courses on Acquia DAM is available at Widen University.

Read product documentation

Reading the product documentation for Acquia DAM is the best way to gain a clear understanding of the product, its features and functions, and related best practices. In particular, focus on the following areas:

Private training

Acquia offers private training courses tailored to your team’s needs drawing on our full course catalog. Introductory courses require no prior knowledge of DAM systems.

Gain practical experience

Completing the courses may not make you ready to pass the certification exam. You need to have some real-life, practical experience to attempt the exam. For this purpose, we recommend that you gain practical experience by working as a DAM administrator for at least 3 months or until you are competent in the following exam domains before attempting the exam.

Perform self assessment

Once you decide to take the exam, we recommend that you study the domains and topics covered by the exam and their relative weights. You should also perform a self assessment of your own areas of strength and weakness against the domains and topics covered by the exam blueprint. This is a recommended starting point for experienced Acquia DAM users.

Register for and take the exam

At this stage, you should be ready to take the exam.

Exam domains

Note

This exam blueprint includes topics, domains, and test objectives to help guide the test taker. They should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of all of the content of this examination.

Domain % of Examination
1.0 Fundamental DAM Concepts 20%
2.0 DAM Governance and Maintenance 20%
3.0 Access and Initial Configuration 25%
4.0 API and Integrations 10%
5.0 Insights 10%
6.0 Portals 15%
TOTAL 100

Content

Domain 1.0: Fundamental DAM concepts

1.1. Demonstrate understanding of uploading assets

1.2. Demonstrate understanding of metadata tagging assets

1.3. Demonstrate understanding of searching for assets

1.4. Demonstrate understanding of downloading assets

1.5. Demonstrate understanding of sharing assets

Domain 2.0: DAM governance and maintenance

2.1. Demonstrate understanding of site governance

2.2. Demonstrate ability to manage asset lifecycle

2.3. Demonstrate ability to manage users

2.4. Demonstrate ability to influence user engagement

Domain 3.0: Access and initial configuration

3.1. Demonstrate ability to configure global settings

3.2. Demonstrate ability to configure permission settings

3.3. Demonstrate ability to configure user settings

3.4. Demonstrate ability to configure search settings

3.5. Demonstrate ability to configure upload settings

3.6. Demonstrate ability to configure order settings

3.7. Demonstrate ability to configure collections

3.8. Demonstrate ability to configure categories

Domain 4.0: API and integrations

4.1. Demonstrate ability to integrate DAM with other software

4.2. Demonstrate ability to leverage API tokens

Domain 5.0: Insights

5.1. Demonstrate ability to create dashboards

5.2. Demonstrate ability to review subscriptions

5.3. Demonstrate understanding of the charts feature

Domain 6.0: Portals

6.1. Demonstrate understanding of creating a standard portal

6.2. Demonstrate understanding of security options for standard portals

6.3. Demonstrate understanding of use cases for portals

Self assessment

Experienced DAM administrators will likely know their weaknesses more than they know their strengths. You might have judged your own skill levels while reading through the exam domains listed. It is natural for you to be more experienced and proficient in one domain than another. Also, within a domain, it is likely that you have hands-on experience on some topics but have never touched other areas within the same domain.

How to use self assessment

We suggest you perform a skills and expertise self assessment with respect to the domains and topics listed in the blueprint. The blueprint lists test objectives (topics) for each domain. Rank your skills on a scale of 0 to 10 against each test objective (0 for absolutely zero knowledge or exposure and 10 for complete mastery).

  • Topics with a score of 8+ are your strengths.
  • Topics with a score of 5 to 7 will need some preparation.
  • The ones below 5 may require a lot of preparation, or guided instruction.

You may use the following table to carry out your own evaluation.

Acquia Certified DAM Administrator self assessment table

Domain Topic Your Score (1-10)
1 Fundamental DAM concepts

1.1 Demonstrate understanding of uploading assets

1.2 Demonstrate understanding of metadata tagging assets

1.3 Demonstrate understanding of searching for assets

1.4 Demonstrate understanding of downloading assets

1.5 Demonstrate understanding of sharing assets

2 DAM governance and maintenance

2.1 Demonstrate understanding of site governance

2.2 Demonstrate ability to manage asset lifecycle

2.3 Demonstrate ability to manage users

2.4 Demonstrate ability to influence user engagement

3 Access and initial configuration

3.1 Demonstrate ability to configure global settings

3.2 Demonstrate ability to configure permission settings

3.3 Demonstrate ability to configure user settings

3.4 Demonstrate ability to configure search settings

3.5 Demonstrate ability to configure upload settings

3.6 Demonstrate ability to configure order settings

3.7 Demonstrate ability to configure collections

3.8 Demonstrate ability to configure categories

4 API and integrations

4.1 Demonstrate ability to integrate DAM with other software

4.2 Demonstrate ability to leverage API tokens

5 Insights

5.1 Demonstrate ability to create dashboards

5.2 Demonstrate ability to review subscriptions

5.3 Demonstrate understanding of the charts feature

6 Portals

6.1 Demonstrate understanding of creating a standard portal

6.2 Demonstrate understanding of security options for standard portals

6.3 Demonstrate understanding of use cases for portals

Preparation

Once you have a list of topics for which you need preparation, you will possibly face two challenges:

  1. Find and study documentation and knowledge resources for the topics.
  2. Find enough practical case studies covering the topics.

Knowledge resources

Finding documentation and online resources is easier. You may register for Widen University and take a course in the relevant domain to refresh your knowledge.

Study guide

Domain 1.0: Fundamental DAM concepts

A Certified DAM Administrator understands basic DAM concepts.

1.1 Demonstrate understanding of uploading assets

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate understanding of multiple methods for uploading assets, including bulk uploads, individual asset uploads, and FTP uploads.

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1.2 Demonstrate understanding of metadata tagging assets

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate understanding of metadata best practices and metadata tagging within Acquia DAM.

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1.3 Demonstrate understanding of searching for assets

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate understanding of searching for assets, including advanced searches and methods to refine searches.

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1.4 Demonstrate understanding of downloading assets

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate understanding of multiple methods of downloading assets, including download approvals, individual asset downloads, and batch downloads.

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1.5 Demonstrate understanding of sharing assets

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate understanding of multiple methods of sharing assets, including share links and embed codes.

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Domain 2.0: DAM governance and maintenance

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate knowledge of governance and site maintenance tasks and best practices.

2.1 Demonstrate understanding of site governance

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate understanding of site governance, including governance documents creation and system administration.

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2.2 Demonstrate ability to manage asset lifecycle

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to manage asset lifecycle, including releasing and unreleasing assets, expiring assets, and watching assets.

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2.3 Demonstrate ability to manage users

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to manage users, including adding and expiring users, managing new users, and viewing user history.

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2.4 Demonstrate ability to influence user engagement

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to influence user engagement using multiple methods.

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Domain 3.0: Access and initial configuration

A Certified DAM Administrator can configure access and initial settings.

3.1 Demonstrate ability to configure global settings

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to configure global settings, including dashboards, site branding, and EULAs.

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3.2 Demonstrate ability to configure permission settings

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to configure permission settings, including roles, permissions, and asset groups.

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3.3 Demonstrate ability to configure user settings

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to configure user settings, including registration codes, registration pages, and user administration.

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3.4 Demonstrate ability to configure search settings

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to configure search settings, including refined searches and metadata structures.

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3.5 Demonstrate ability to configure upload settings

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to configure upload settings, including upload profiles and conflicted assets.

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3.6 Demonstrate ability to configure order settings

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to configure order settings, including asset conversion.

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3.7 Demonstrate ability to configure collections

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to configure collections, including creating collections.

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3.8 Demonstrate ability to configure categories

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to configure categories, including creating categories.

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Domain 4.0: API and integrations

A Certified DAM Administrator leverages API and integrates the DAM system with other software.

4.1 Demonstrate ability to integrate DAM with other software

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to integrate an Acquia DAM system with other software.

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4.2 Demonstrate ability to leverage API tokens

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to leverage API tokens.

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Domain 5.0: Insights

A Certified DAM Administrator uses data in Insights.

5.1 Demonstrate ability to create dashboards

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to create dashboards in Insights, including customizing dashboards.

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5.2 Demonstrate ability to review subscriptions

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate the ability to review subscriptions in Insights.

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5.3 Demonstrate understanding of the charts feature

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate understanding of the charts feature in Insights, including creating custom charts.

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Domain 6.0: Portals

A Certified DAM Administrator creates and customizes portals for a variety of uses.

6.1 Demonstrate understanding of creating a standard portal

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate understanding of creating a standard portal.

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6.2 Demonstrate understanding of security options for standard portals

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate understanding of security options for standard portals, including sharing methods.

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6.3 Demonstrate understanding of use cases for portals

A Certified DAM Administrator can demonstrate understanding of use cases for portals.

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