IT Certifications are granted to you by organizations once you get a passing score on their certification test.
Certifications prove to potential employers that you have trained as a web developer and that you can pass a well-rounded exam on web development.
Here are some certifications we have worked with which have good standing in the industry.
CIW (Certified Internet Web Professional) is an organization which grants a variety of certifications for web development and web design. You can schedule one of their exams at testing centers all across the world.
CIW offers a number of certifications which can boost your career. We suggest you study for and earn their Site Development Associate Certification before you begin your job search.
Some schools and training centers will charge you thousands of dollars for courses to pass certifications. Please do not use their services.
The Site Development Associate exam costs $150 to take and consists of 30 questions. You have to get 19 questions correct to pass the exam. You should not pay thousands of dollars to get 19 questions right.
To study for the exam you should use an online preparation course like the one offered here: Certify Guide Certification Preparation. That course is $39. You can also use Google to find practice tests for the exam for free.
So for $189 you can earn a respected certification which will be a great boost to your resume.
Microsoft offers a certification which is also good for entry level web developers:
This certification is also $150 and must be taken at a testing center.
We suggest passing the CIW Site Development Associate Certification before attempting the Microsoft Certification. The CIW Certification is not as challenging, and having one certification is better than having zero.
Hi, did you use the 39 dollar prep course? how quickly did you sign up for it (were there any pre-required stuff, or was this the first thing you did?). I’m asking because there appears to be no feedback on the course (0/5 stars 0 votes cast when following this link: http://certifyguide.com/exam/1d0-61b/
I did not personally use it. I did not find any good online prep courses when I got certified in 2006.
I found some practice tests and example questions and studied those. The bulk of what I knew was from reading material on general web development, not material focused just on taking the certification test.
I included the prep course on here because I wanted people to be aware self-study options exist. The parent site had good reviews and it is relativity cheap compared to other options. As with anything, make sure it’s right for you before you spend the money.
Thanks a lot for the link, that cheaper course is exactly what I need. I’m all for investing in my certification and this course seems to be right up my alley. Right now I’m doing the research work so I know exactly what I’m up against and your site is more than helpful. I need to know exactly what I should do, step by step, so I don’t waste my time. I’ll give that test a go when I’ll be ready, can’t wait!
Uneiveblable how well-written and informative this was.
Hi, I just began learning front end through Code Academy. It’s not as thorough or helpful as I was expecting. Have you been over that site or know anything about it? Also. What are some good resources for someone who is just starting out? I.e. Specific books or sites. I don’t know exactly what part of this I should be putting more focus into.
Thanks for the great site