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Becoming Atlassian Certified Expert without Data Center/Jira Service



I am new to the Community aspect, but have some work experience handling Administration duties of Atlassian for my company. I have been studying and started the road towards badges and certifications. 

I came across confusion when I read about the Atlassian Certified Expert course requirements. I am planning to take the following courses in Path 1:

However, as probably noticed, I run short of one more course required from any of the following:

  • ACP-SA Atlassian Certified System Administrator
  • ACP-JSD Atlassian Certified Jira Service Desk Administrator
  •  ACP-CA Atlassian Certified Confluence Administrator for Data Center

My question is can an individual become a Atlassian Certified Expert with only Cloud, and without Jira Service Product? My company does not utilize the Data Center due to expected retirement or Jira Service per no business need at this time. The Atlassian Product Family that we use are Atlassian Confluence, Jira Software Cloud and Atlassian Access.

This is important to me, because I am one of the few "go-to" experts in my company for Atlassian and wish to be certified. However, I rather be told its not possible or they are updating to provide more cloud courses to 'even the requirement field', so I do not mess up my future education with Atlassian. 

Thank you.

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Julia Atlassian Team Sep 21, 2022

We have some exciting news to share!  By the end of 2022, there will be a new Cloud-only path to Atlassian Certified Expert that includes an Atlassian Organization Administrator certification.   This means that ACE can be earned either without Jira Service Management OR without Confluence Space Administration.

Hi @Sierra Valdez , thanks for your question and congrats on deciding to get certified.

I agree with you that currently, if you are only using Cloud and not Service Management, that there isn't a pathway for you to get Atlassian Certified as an expert.

My understanding is that this qualification should be for people who have achieved a level of expertise in both platforms, self-hosted and Cloud. If you aren't using self-hosted, that is fine, but it would also not make sense to have a certification to say you are an expert in both platforms if you use only Cloud. It is possible, for example, to install a local instance of a self-hosted Jira and teach yourself and using the Atlassian University to achieve the Data Center certifications. That is what I did to get the Project admin certification for Jira Data Center. It depends on your commitment to study and also the financial and time resources you have available to you, if this would be feasible.

I would encourage you anyway to get certified in Jira Cloud, as a project admin and then for the Jira Cloud platform, but at the moment, I think it wouldn't be possible for you to become a certified expert. I would say it is worth keeping an eye on the page about the Atlassian Certfied Expert because it might be the case in some near future that Atlassian create another pathway.

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Hello @Sierra Valdez ,

Hope you are doing well!!

If you want to just peruse the Cloud course and certification only then the path for becoming Atlassian Certified Expert would be 


For more information you can have look at the Atlassian Certified Expert : Atlassian

Hope this information is helpful!



@Mayur Jadhav , I think there was a typo, because you stated ACP-MJCP twice, were you trying to mention another course?


Mayur Jadhav Community Leader Sep 21, 2022

Hello @Sierra Valdez , Yes you are correct my bad it is  ACP-MJSP Atlassian Certified Jira Service Project Manager for Cloud for Jira Service Management for Cloud.

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