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Autodesk Certified Expert in Generative Design for Manufacturing

Stand out from the competition with an Autodesk credential. Our industry-recognized Expert Certification tells employers you have excelled in generative design for manufacturing.

About this certification

Created for candidates who want to showcase their in-depth software knowledge and abilities. The expert certification signals leadership and a commitment to mastering new skills.

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Required skill sets

To successfully complete the ACE, you typically need superior skills acquired through an advanced academic program or many years of engineering experience. You also need a broad understanding of the following topics:

  • Drawing and organizing objects
  • Modeling
  • Preparing generative design models
  • Setting up a generative study setup
  • Solving and reviewing a generative study

Take a course to prepare for your certification exam

Whether you want to validate the skills you have or gain the skills you need, we have the course for you.

  • Prepare for generative design for manufacturing expert certification

    Designed by industry experts and delivered on-demand, certification prep courses include lessons, practice exercises, challenge assignments, and assessments. They give you an overview of the skills covered in the exam. At the end of the course, you can test your knowledge by taking the practice exam.


  • Explore the Autodesk Learning Pathway

    Learning paths offer curated courses designed by industry professionals and Autodesk experts to align to your career and certification goals. Our self-paced, on-demand courses help you build your skill set and prepare you for in-demand industry roles.


Take an exam and earn your certification

Ready to future-proof your skills and open doors to new opportunities in your industry? Validate your skills and demonstrate your knowledge by earning your certification.

  • Testing options that meet your needs

    Take your exam in person at a Pearson VUE Testing Center near you or take it online with Pearson OnVUE. Online exam-takers, check your system and view the requirements for creating a proctored exam environment.

  • Trusted, industry-validated process

    To protect the integrity of our certifications, we require ID verification, and we have proctors who monitor all exams. (View proctoring requirements.)

  • Register with your Autodesk Account

    Use your Autodesk Account to schedule or reschedule exam appointments, pay for your exam, see your results, and connect to online proctors.

Certification details

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    90-minute exam time

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    $150 USD (approximate)

  • Paper test with questions and pencil

    45-60 questions

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    Exam and proctor available in English

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    Certification valid for 2 years

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    Retesting is required to renew certification

Showcase your achievements

Autodesk credentials help you stand out to hiring managers and earn you peer recognition as an industry leader. They differentiate you in a competitive job market and build your personal brand by highlighting in-demand, transferable skills.

  • Digital badges

    Digital badges showcase your skills and validate your abilities with potential employers in your resume and on professional networking sites.

  • Personalized certificate

    Download and print your certification to show potential employers and peers your skills in a way that is simple, trusted, and easily verified in real time.

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Certification FAQs

Find answers to common questions about exam format, exam scoring, recertification, and more.

  • What is the exam format and what types of questions are on the exams?

    Our Pearson VUE-hosted certification exams are selected response. You will not have access to the software to help you with your answers. Exams feature several different types of questions:

    • Multiple-choice questions measure knowledge of a specific topic. A multiple-choice item asks a question and provides multiple possible answers.
    • Drag-and-drop questions measure object-association and placement skills. Exam takers select and reposition answer options within a list or graphic.
    • Active-screen questions measure familiarity with the software UI by using interactive images of the software.
    • Hot-area questions measure your ability by asking you to select “hot” areas of an exhibit. Hot-area items are essentially multiple-choice items with graphical answer choices.
    • Graphic-interpretation questions measure your ability to view a graphic and interpret the information successfully.
  • I need accommodations to take my certification exam. How do I request them?

    Autodesk and our testing provider, Pearson VUE, are committed to ensuring testing access for all individuals. Requests for test accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis and are included in our application process. To request testing accommodation, indicate the type (for example: extra time, exam reader) and a brief description. Our certification program team will respond in most cases within two business days, and you will receive an email notification with the decision on your request.

    If you are approved for accommodations, we will pass the approval to our testing provider, Pearson VUE. When you schedule your exam test appointment, the accommodations will be automatically approved. If your accommodation is not approved, you may create a case with Autodesk support to request an appeal.

  • How is my exam scored?

    Your exam is scored with a pass or fail result. Passing scores vary by certification exam, and we do not disclose the passing score to candidates before they take the exam.

  • What are the requirements to get recertified?

    To recertify for an Autodesk certification, you must:

    • Submit a new certification application within the six month period prior to the certification expiration date
    • Schedule, purchase, and take the certification exam before the expiration date
    • Achieve a passing score

    Once you have passed the exam, the expiration date on the certification will be appended and extended through a new expiration term.

    There is no grace period for expired certification credentials. To pursue certification after your existing certification has expired, you must submit a new application, purchase and take the related certification exam, and achieve a passing result. The issuance date on this new certification will be effective the date of the passed exam.

  • How does COVID-19 (Coronavirus) impact exam scheduling?

    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many testing centers are closed for in-person testing, but online options are available. For complete information about testing options in your area, visit Pearson VUE’s COVID-19 update page.