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FCP Certification Exam 21 Sep 2017 10:09 #90699

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Hi all,

I am preparing to take the FCP Certified Pro exam and was hoping somebody could give me a few details about what to expect. I'm an experienced user and have taken courses, I just want to get clued up on the small details of the exam itself.

What is the format of the exam (Multiple choice, written)?
Is there plenty of time provided?
Is the Exam Prep guide a copy of the questions in the exam?

Basically info like this and any relevant tips. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Matt
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FCP Certification Exam 21 Sep 2017 12:40 #90704

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Multiple choice.
Enough.
No.
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FCP Certification Exam 21 Sep 2017 14:58 #90710

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The test is based on this book, all questions come directly from this book. Do this book cover to cover TWICE before taking the exam. If you fail, you have to pay for a whole new exam.
www.peachpit.com/store/final-cut-pro-x-1...sional-9780134784458

The test is on how well you know that book, period.

If you know that book, you'll pass the exam. That book is the exam, the exam is that book, for real. Nothing else prepares you, because the exam uses the exact wording form that book, which various on occasion from what we end users normally use.

Multiple choice, but you will have questions that present a graphic, and you have to answer based on that graphic. The graphics are taken directly from the book, and use the explanations and terminology form that book.

I've been teaching these books and procuring these tests since 2005. I've seen a lot of folks take the 3 day Apple authorized training and take the test right away and fail. Like I said, do the book, possibly twice. Again, the test is on how well you know that book, period.

NEXT comes the discussion about the value of that certification. Why do you want it? If you're new to the industry, or in school, and want to get a job some day doing this, it "may" help, IF you use it to your advantage. By itself, it won't bring you work. Having a college degree doesn't make employers magically line up to hire you, you use that degree and other experience to get a job. So there's that whole discussion, also. To be honest, in today's climate, not sure how much value that certification carries any more.

Full disclosure; I've been an Apple Certified Training (even a Master Trainer for Final Cut Studio) since 2005, and this year I've refused to take the test to continue being certified for 10.3. I find Apple's training program to have degraded too far for salvaging, and the authorized training to be less than a shadow of what we had before. Apple authorized training programs have all but died. If you want work, learn FCPX, PPro, Avid MC, shoot projects on your own with your phone, edit them, do free work do weddings, anything, put a demo reel together, learn to do good job interviews, and work your ass off. That'll get you way further than this certification will. Just my honest, humble opinion.

All that said, the book by itself is a great start for a new user. Move on to macProVideo or Ripple Training after that.
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FCP Certification Exam 21 Sep 2017 15:53 #90713

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Thanks for your reply, I'm glad you could share your experience. I've actually ordered that book, not just for the exam but I figured it would be useful to have around. I didn't know it was so closely tied into the exam though, thanks for that insight.

I'm glad you brought up the value of the certification because it was something I was unsure about. As I mentioned I am experienced with FCP. I'm employed as an editor and we use FCP for all our projects. The exam actually came free with a course I took when 10.3 was released. Unfortunately Apple took a while to actually release the 10.3 exam. The reason I wanted to take it is because I've considered the possibility of getting into some kind of tutoring for FCP. Maybe doing some out of hours work teaching younger people how to cut in FCP, or earning some extra money with 1 on 1 lessons. I basically just felt being 'certified' would give me some extra credentials when advertising tuition services.

From your experience, do you think it makes a difference? Is it a worthwhile way into tutoring? I appreciate there are probably other, harder exams for professional FCP tutors.

Thanks again, appreciate it.
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FCP Certification Exam 22 Sep 2017 21:03 #90729

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Hi Matt,

I took and passed the exam last month. I can concur that the questions seemed to correlate to the 10.3 Training book and I also seem to recall that there were some questions that they seemed to come from the FCP 10.3 User Manual.

What I did for preparation of the 10.3 exam was go over the Training book and also had the User guide open to the chapter the book lessons were covering. That strategy helped me quite well in preparation and all around working knowledge of the program.
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FCP Certification Exam 23 Sep 2017 17:43 #90749

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I agree with Ben. The certification is unlikely to be the deciding factor in getting you work and the amount of training I’m now doing doesn’t warrant keeping the Trainer qualification current. Also, the new terms and conditions required by LearnQuest are too onerous for me to sign up to. Employers want to see how good an editor you are and you have to be able to use PP and Avid if you want to work for companies that use those systems. There are plenty of online resources that will help you learn the tools. Creativity, speed and a good knowledge of workflows and codecs will get you the work. I use FCPX as my editor of choice as it de-clutters editing and is more enjoyable, creative and fast to work with. It’s a choice I can make as I work with clients directly - they don’t know, or care, which editor I use. They just want high quality work on time and on budget. If you want to work for facilities rather than end clients then the more editors you can drive the more you will work.
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FCP Certification Exam 23 Sep 2017 18:45 #90750

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Matt,

Apple addresses some of your questions in its Training and Certification FAQ: training.apple.com/en/certification/faq
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FCP Certification Exam 24 Sep 2017 06:47 #90754

Matt wrote:
… reason I wanted to take it is because I've considered the possibility of getting into some kind of tutoring for FCP. Maybe doing some out of hours work teaching younger people how to cut in FCP, or earning some extra money with 1 on 1 lessons. I basically just felt being 'certified' would give me some extra credentials when advertising tuition services. …

… may I play Devil's Advocate here …? :evil:

How many ads have you seen, offering FCPX trainings? And mentioning ACT?
Does knowing a manual by heart qualifies you a good teacher (esp. for younger ones, I teach 12-16y olds)?
There's a difference btw. and editor and an operator…

;)
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FCP Certification Exam 24 Sep 2017 21:00 #90763

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Karsten is correct.
There's also a Final Cut Pro X Certified Trainer certification you'd want if you want a certification to qualify you to "teach" the software. It's a much more in-depth and wide ranging exam. But, as a trainer since 2005/2006 I can tell you there's NOT much demand for paid training these days. Way too much on YT and other places. People don't spend money for training to use a $299 (USD) application. Very good point, Karsten!

Many long time Apple Certified Trainers have dropped out of the program because there's no money or opportunity in teaching NLE's any more. I'll be interested to see how BMD handles their certified training program. Even Avid and PPro trainers, though still getting some work (as opposed to FCPX trainers who get next to nothing), are not getting as many training gigs as they used to (info from a source at FMC).

If you want to train, get the trainer certification, but there's no real money in teaching FCPX any more. Ripple, macProVideo and even Larry Jordan do training for other apps to help stay afloat, as FCPX by itself won't pay the bills.
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FCP Certification Exam 25 Sep 2017 03:56 #90771

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FCPX.guru wrote:
...there's no real money in teaching FCPX any more. Ripple, macProVideo and even Larry Jordan do training for other apps to help stay afloat, as FCPX by itself won't pay the bills.

In addition to Final Cut, on which Steve Martin is an acknowledged expert, the only other applications for which Ripple offers courses are Motion, on which Mark Spencer is an acknowledged expert, and DaVinci Resolve and Logic, the latter being pretty obvious outgrowths of their business.
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FCP Certification Exam 25 Sep 2017 12:27 #90773

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Apple themselves don’t teach Motion anymore. Class wouldn’t sell at all.
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FCP Certification Exam 28 Sep 2017 08:50 #90842

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At least there is one good thing.. The helicopter pilot is getting great coverage...The same material over 3 versions of Brendan Boykin's manual...

Who said Apple is boring?? > :oops:
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Yes, the lack of effort put into the last two versions of the book is stupefying. And the move to LearnQuest to take over training was wasted effort, they are making it more difficult and expensive to get authorized training. Apple isn't boring, but their pro apps training team is... and lazy...
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FCP Certification Exam 28 Sep 2017 14:50 #90852

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I am not putting down the author Brendan Boykin, he tried and thank you for publishing 3 books, the problem is really not his, but the company, Apple!!

It is not a lack of effort by Brendan, I would hate to be asked to publish a book, and the only media I get is so mouldy I need bleach for my keyboard and hard drives....

He tried and I thank him...As to the original point of the thread...It is really up to you....It is basically a junior school comprehension exam..How well you know the book..How to edit...where is that??? Not in this exam...
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FCP Certification Exam 29 Sep 2017 16:46 #90867

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I've spoken with Brendon on several occasions about how these books are done, and it is a long, overly complicated process. Yes, he does what he can. But someone higher up make decisions, and the pro app training program is all but dead.

As for teaching "editing", no where does anyone claim the Apple authorized training teaches "editing". It very clearly states that it teaches you how to use "Final Cut Pro X" itself. So I don't understand why folks ask about "editing" is a technical course about software. Seems you're forcing a subject into a course that never claimed to teach that.
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FCP Certification Exam 01 Oct 2017 12:15 #90905

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That last post has me confused... Or maybe it is not me that is confused..

Final Cut Pro X is a video editing software product, it says so right on the tin..editing.. So how do you teach someone how to use final cut pro x and not accidentally teach editing???

For most of us, as professionals, or hobbyists, editing is as natural as breathing, you just know what works, and what is a bad edit, editing is an art, the same was as painting with oils is an art, what you are taught is how to use that most effectively so as to save oils, time, get the best art out??

Should Apple be teaching editing?? The way the books are structured this is the point of the exercise, you have to edit, no way around that... But the sad obvious point here is that Apple are not actively in interested in the product.

The old Diana Weynard books at least had a varied range of editing to be done as you learned classic FCP, that stopped the learning from being dull...Apple could not do any worse than having 500 pages of editing and 500 clips of color stripes and test tone to edit...Actually that might be better...Sorry Mr helicopter pilot....

What you edit, how you edit, what is best?? i guess media management is key, technical aspects of computer management, how to do this or that, that is very important, but when to cut, when to fade, when to use b roll...Can that be taught???

Having worked for over a decade in tv news video editing, using analogue tapes [betacam/dvcpro-look it up] we could not see on the monitor the timeline..you had to remember what you had edited, evaluate all the media on hand, and make judgement calls, tv news tight impossible deadlines, multiple languages, changing scripts etc..

In a way watching the source being fed to HQ, was a form of pre-editing, reading draft scripts, gave me ideas about archive to pull, this was not something I was taught at college, it was just instinct, about what I could and could not use, legally, both technical and "can we be sued".

I guess you only learn from the doing of the thing, no matter what the thing is.. In a way, maybe the author of my late mom's mazda 323 manual should author the next FCPX book.. It was all about how to use the car..and not a single paragraph on how to drive...How did they get this right???
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