Acrobat training
Introduction to Acrobat training

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Key details

Key details

Adobe Acrobat training course for beginners, teaching key techniques for creating, converting, sharing, signing and managing PDFs.

PDF is the de-facto standard for distributing documents via the Web to view or print.

Our Introduction to Adobe Acrobat course teaches how to create PDF documents from a variety of sources, and goes on to cover:

  • Sharing PDFs with virtually anyone, anywhere.
  • Unifying content into a single compressed PDF portfolio.
  • Collaborating through shared document reviews.
  • Creating interactive forms and collecting data easily.
  • Protecting and controlling sensitive information.
  • Extending Acrobat functionality to users of Adobe Reader software.

Introduction to Adobe Acrobat training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) Acrobat courses.

We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

The training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in Acrobat.

Accredited Acrobat training

Armada is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC), accredited by Adobe to provide Acrobat training.

Acrobat courses are hosted by Adobe Certified Instructors with vast experience of using the application professionally. For further details, see Expert trainers.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for Acrobat, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited Acrobat training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following Acrobat training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their Acrobat trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


No prior Acrobat knowledge is necessary.

Acrobat version

Training can be based on any recent version of Acrobat to suit you, including the current version Acrobat DC, as contained in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2019 and Adobe Creative Cloud version 2020.

All Acrobat training is suitable for Windows and Mac users alike.

General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for Acrobat training can be made bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.

For further details, see training course payment options.


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Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Introduction to Acrobat course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Introduction to Acrobat course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainers

Expert trainers

Adobe Acrobat courses are hosted by Phil Talbot, Philip Odell, Mark Gatter and Greta Powell.

Phil Talbot

Acrobat trainer Phil Talbot

Philip Talbot works as an Adobe Design Specialist and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI).

He has expert knowledge of Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, and uses all four applications extensively in his professional work.

Phil’s professional qualifications and extensive experience provide an ideal base to train delegates using blended learning techniques to improve the individuals’ and organisations’ capabilities.

He has worked with and trained many blue-chip organisations, including FTSE 100 companies, in a career spanning 25 years.

Philip Odell

Acrobat trainer Philip OdellPhilip Odell is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI), specialising in Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and FrameMaker.

Philip began his working life with Texas Instruments, before joining Adobe in 1995, where he worked for five years. Philip still has links with Adobe, manning their stands and carrying out presentations when they’re exhibiting in the UK.

For the last eighteen years, Philip has worked as a graphic design specialist, consultant and trainer. He continues to use Adobe applications extensively in his day-to-day professional work.

Philip knows these tools inside out – he has been a user of Acrobat since version 4.

Greta Powell

Acrobat trainer Greta PowellGreta Powell is long-established consultant and trainer with expert knowledge of Adobe Acrobat.

She has worked as a consultant to some of the biggest publishing companies in Europe.

Greta also has expert knowledge of Adobe’s Creative applications, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, and the Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Away from her training and consultancy work, Greta has a passion for photography.

Mark Gatter

Acrobat trainer Mark Gatter

Mark Gatter is an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) with expert knowledge of Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Mark has specialised in all aspects of the digital pre-press process for over three decades, including 18 years in California, where he worked as the production manager for the biggest print shop in the north part of the state.

He began training in 1998, and he holds a teaching qualification.

He has published five books, which you’ll find on Amazon, covering topics relating to graphic design and polytunnel gardening, one of Mark’s interests when not delivering a course.


Course content

Course content

Introducing Acrobat

  • A discussion of Acrobat, Portable Document Format (PDF), PostScript and Distiller
  • Creating, using and distributing PDF files

Working with Acrobat

  • Opening PDF files in Acrobat
  • Getting to know the work area
  • Using and customising the toolbars
  • Browsing documents using a variety of methods
  • Using the zoom functions
  • Saving and closing files

PDF file creation

  • Using Acrobat’s open file command and the PDF printer
  • Creating PDFs from other file types and the web
  • Converting paper documents to PDF
  • Creating PDFs from Microsoft applications

Working with PDF files

  • Editing files
  • Rotating, cropping and inserting
  • Extracting and re-numbering pages
  • Selecting and editing text and images
  • Creating headers and footers
  • Adding watermarks and backgrounds
  • Creating new links and bookmarks


  • Combining a wide range of file types into a polished, organised portfolio

Bookmarking and linking

  • Creating and editing bookmarks
  • Working with the link tool
  • Creating links
  • Changing link appearance
  • Action properties

Using Acrobat in a review Cycle

  • Working with the commenting tools
  • Setting preferences and comment appearance
  • Marking up a document
  • Using a variety of tools, e.g. notes, stamps, highlighter, pencil and other drawing tools
  • Attaching files as notes
  • Exporting and importing comments
  • Summarising and reviewing comments

PDF security

  • Securing PDF documents against editing and extracting data
“The content of the Adobe Acrobat course was very thorough. I can actively see how I can use this back in the workplace. Thank you :-)”

Lisa D

“Would highly recommend this excellent course.”

Jeremy E

“Great delivery, Phil was more than happy to help out on personal projects while delivering the content.”

Claire D

Remote training is available for our most popular courses. For a limited time, we’re offering discounts off the usual course price. See Live online training.