What is Atlassian ACP?


What is Atlassian ACP?

ACP stands for “Atlassian Certification Program”.
An Atlassian contractor or working professional who has participated in the ACP is recognised as an Atlassian Certified Professional – or an ACP (we know, it’s confusing!). The best of the best go on to become ACEs (Atlassian Certified Experts) or, if it’s a company like ours, an Atlassian Solution Partner (our parent company, Clearvision, is a Double Platinum Atlassian Solution Partner).

An Atlassian contractor with an ACP has validated expertise and proven knowledge.

This gives them credibility and trust. But it’s not open to just anybody; only professionals with a minimum of two years of experience (sometimes three) as an admin of Atlassian products can apply.

The ACP scheme gives participants Badges and Certificates on the successful completion of modules.

As well as experienced Atlassian contractors and administrators, it’s also open to existing Atlassian Solution Partners and companies who want to improve their skills in-house. It allows businesses to cross-skill, retrain, and develop their teams.

The exams and training courses cost money to take – so it takes commitment and serious study to become certified.

We fast track Atlassian contractors who hold ACP accreditation through the vetting process, because we understand that it’s a serious undertaking. Only the best are willing to get their Badges and Certificates – and only the best of the best go on to achieve Atlassian Certified Expert status.

What Atlassian ACP exams and courses are there?

Managing Jira Projects

  • ACP-420

    Jira Administration for Cloud

  • ACP-120

    Jira Administration for Data Center and Server

  • ACP-100

    Project Administration in Jira Server

  • ACP-610 (New for 2022)

    Atlassian Certified Expert

For most applicants, Atlassian University courses are required. They give you hands-on experience with the Atlassian stack, not just theory and instructions. After getting the skills for real, study begins – followed by a certification exam.

If you have the relevant hands-on experience already, and just want to get certified – you can apply to sit the exams; but this isn’t always the best path, especially if your knowledge is very specific, and doesn’t use the full scope of the tool in question.

The general path to certification might look like this:

  1. Choose your exam
  2. Prepare: check your current knowledge against the relevant Exam Topics
  3. Take Atlassian courses that fill in your knowledge gaps
  4. When you’re ready, sign up, pay for, and sit your exam
  5. Pass – hooray!
  6. ACP status lasts for 18 months. To maintain your ACP, you can:
    1. Retake the exam
    2. Earn Badges to top up your knowledge

What are ACP exams like?

Well, they’re not easy – even if you know your stuff. They draw heavily from challenging real-world scenarios, and require hands-on experience and knowledge.

Exams are delivered in a timed online format which will be familiar to anyone who has done a driving theory test, or Google Academy examinations.

The majority of questions are multiple choice. Some have multiple answers. You aren’t penalised for giving a wrong answer – you only rack up points for what you get right. So, even if you don’t know what the answer is, you should still have a go!

Why should you hire ACP contractors?

The short answer is – because they have recognised knowledge of the platform you’ve hired them to work in. Atlassian ACP contractors are diligent, dedicated, and have up-to-date knowledge. It’s proof that they have kept going as students of their craft.

It’s a strong trust signal.

That’s why we fast track ACP certified Atlassian contractors through our vetting process at CleatHub. It validates our assessments, and is a clear indicator of candidate suitability for any given project.

So, if you’re looking for contractors with the right stuff – then we have the world’s largest network of ACP Atlassian contractors at our disposal…

Hire ACP Certified Contractors, with ClearHub

When it comes to finding Atlassian contractors, there’s no other recruiter that can do what we do. Trust the experts at ClearHub to find your ideal ACP certified Atlassian contractor.

Get started now – speak to us today.

UK contact: Aaron Rowsell

Global Contractor Manager

Email: arowsell@clearhub.tech 

Call: +44 2381 157 811

US contact: David Runyon

Recruitment Consultant

Email: drunyon@clearhub.tech

Call +1 858 304 1215

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Remote Work: How to Hire International Talent


Remote Work: How to Hire International Talent

The remote work revolution proved to be a triumph.

So much so, that when bosses emailed staff with “get back to the office” after Covid restrictions ended, swathes of home workers decided to quit instead. It’s part of what drove the so-called Great Resignation.

Remote working has a ton of benefits, but getting it right takes experience and discipline – not to mention tools. But these days, just about every company capable of going remote has at least some experience of it from lockdown. And some are taking it to the next level, by hiring outside of their country.

The benefits to hiring international talent, and taking them on as remote workers, are massive; but this definitely won’t be true for every organisation. When it comes to tech industries, and fields like the ones we work in (development and coding, through customised Atlassian tools), remote hires make the most sense.

Let’s show you why – and how – you should hire contractors outside of your country, or even a full-time remote workforce.


Related: Is there a skills shortage, or are you just looking in the wrong places?

Why should businesses hire away from home?

Like we said, hiring remote workers outside of your country might not work for everyone. But the advantages are just too good to ignore – and if you have the right processes in place, you’ll have a roadmap to success.

Hiring international remote workers gives you access to an infinitely larger talent pool, diverse knowledge and experiences, a global market presence – and can even save you money.

A bigger talent pool

Your local economy is probably fighting over an ever-decreasing number of skilled professionals right now. There’s a lot of demand for tech skills, and practically nobody has them at the moment. By looking for international remote workers, you can turn a pool of tens of candidates into a pool of THOUSANDS. If you’re struggling to find the right skills in your own region right now, then widen the net – go international.

The knowledge advantage

With that said, it’s always good to hire from your local talent pool, and help build a thriving economy. But if you do this exclusively, you’re in danger of building a team with tunnel vision, and “groupthink” tendencies. Building tools and services for everyone cannot happen if those doing the work only represent a tiny fraction of society.

So, burst your bubble.

If your competitors only hire locally, they’re missing out on diverse thought, experience, and creative problem-solving. They’re blinkered, and focused on solving the problems of a shrinking minority.

If you mix up your teams and hire international, diverse talent – you’ll have a significant knowledge advantage over your competition.


Global pay rates vary – and hiring international employees can boost your profit margin.

Take the United States, where the average dev salary is $110,140. In Argentina, the same job, with the same skill set, pays on average $39,898. That’s a saving of 64% per year on salary. Currency exchange rates can also benefit employers, if they pay in the local currency – and even if you offer significantly over the market rate for international talent, you’ll still be paying less.

Cover more global hours, and gain a global presence

Hiring international remote workers gives you a global presence, and a chance to spread into new territories. This might require some investment in infrastructure – like ensuring compliance with data residency, for example – but with local expertise, global expansion is far quicker to scale when you have an international workforce.

Plus, you can essentially have your teams working around the clock, in different time zones. An international remote worker picks up where your local staff leave off at the end of their day. It’s an amazing way to scale at speed, with a tight, lean workforce.

So far – this probably all sounds great, right?!

Well, it is. But there are, of course, complexities. It’s not always smooth sailing, especially if you’re planning on doing the talent search alone.

What can go wrong?

As with everything in business, things can go wrong. There are no guarantees that your hire will be the right fit, have the necessary skills, or perform as you expect – but we’ll show you how ClearHub gets hiring right the first time, after we cover some common pitfalls.


Hiring a remote full-time employee from a different country could require you to register your business there. Companies can fall foul of compliance and regulatory laws if they fail to do so. Data residency can also be an issue – but migrating to the Cloud can solve this.


You need to be able to communicate mutually, and do so over the spread of time zones. This can be a challenge, especially if trust is an issue. Language proficiencies on both sides must be presented honestly in the first instance.


This comes back to trust. Bringing a new hire up to speed always incurs some kind of cost, usually time. That investment can disappear if the new hire decides to quit shortly after joining. Commitment in remote international employees is hard to gauge, but we have a guide to working with remote teams to help you.

How to hire international remote workers – the ClearHub way

When it comes to international recruitment of Atlassian contractors, we get it right for our clients. That’s because we stick to our core values and principles, no matter which international region we’re looking to hire from.

The result? A 100% hit rate on our first candidate selection.

How do we manage that? For starters, ClearHub has the following features:

  • The biggest international network of Atlassian contractors
  • All candidates are pre-qualified, skills tested and vetted
  • Talent is tailored to each client’s needs

As for the rest, it’s no secret. In fact, we’re completely transparent about the process at ClearHub. Learn more about our full process, and how we get it right the first time:



Hire the best remote Atlassian talent, around the world

Trust the experts at ClearHub to help you hire remote international workers, with world-class Atlassian knowledge.

Cut your talent search down to days, not months. Get the skills you need for success. Reap the rewards of an international knowledge base.

Speak to us today.

UK contact: Aaron Rowsell

Global Contractor Manager

Email: arowsell@clearhub.tech 

Call: +44 2381 157 811​

US contact: David Runyon

Recruitment Consultant

Email: drunyon@clearhub.tech

Call +1 858 304 1215

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