Certified Internet Webmaster?

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I’m just wondering if there are any people out there in Internet Land who have experience of the Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) course and qualification, and whether it is worthwhile doing it?

I’m thinking about doing some formal training in web design to prepare me for “April And Everything After” (apologies to Counting Crows).

Also, do you have any experience of Skillstrain / Scheidegger Training, who offer the course? Good or bad.

The course as I’ve been presented it is packed with a lot of good stuff (HTML, CSS2, Server Technologies, Perl/CGI, Javascript) but seems to misses out a lot of what I’d see as essential modern tools: XHTML, PHP, MySQL. Sure I’d like the certification, but I’m not entirely convinced that I couldn’t sit the exams on my own, having taught myself. I mean, my XHTML and CSS2 are pretty good already. I’ve dabbled with PHP and MySQL for about a year, and I have IIS5.1 installed on this PC and Apache 1.x installed on another.

And at the end of the day will a potention employer look more favourably on someone with a CIW qualification? Hmm … decisions, decision. All comments welcomed.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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  1. I discovered a CIW forum while searching the web for relevant info, with this interesting comment from one contributor:

    I would say that the CIW design courses are an excellent supplement to someone who already tinkers with a bit of Web design stuff. It teaches you all the things that you wouldn’t pick up from a book on ‘how to learn Dreamweaver in a weekend’. It is more business focussed than hands on but it does tell you stuff that you need to know if you want to be taken seriously as a designer.

    Also, another comment that CIW is a USA thing, with no real equivalent in the UK. I’m not entirely sure how true that is. The CIW website seems pretty international to me.

    I’ll keep investigating…

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