The Certified Internet Web Professional or CIW is known to be a globally recognized vendor-neutral IT and Web technology education program created in late 1990 by a group of developers and Web designers. It is owned by Certification Partners, the company that sells books, online training, and exams. Still, CIW prep materials can be offered by third-party companies as well.
Each certification offered by the CIW program is created by experts and equips candidates with definite job skills. Since 1997 more than 210,000 CIW designations have been issued to IT professionals and more than 1 million candidates have been trained worldwide. Currently, CIW is widely used in universities, secondary schools, and community colleges in North America, China, and Japan. Its accreditations are highly valued by such worldly known companies as Cisco, HP, Citibank, and the US National Security Administration. This means that having the CIW certifications is an obligatory requirement for candidates while applying for definite available IT positions offered by these companies.
The main curriculum aims at proving one’s foundational skills to provide the Internet functioning. For that, your capacity to deal with networking, security, administration, Web design, development, and databases will be checked.
Courses and Certifications
Concerning the courses and certifications, they divide into the following categories:
- Web Foundational Series: is the most sought-after Web education program around the world. Candidates have to pass three training courses, get an understanding of Internet business, Web site design, and data networking first. Briefly speaking, they need to be equipped with the digital literacy skills to become real producers of Internet-based technologies, instead of being consumers. Only after that, they are allowed to take a certification exam to gain the CIW Web Foundations Associate certification. This designation is an ideal choice for IT professionals, legal professionals, business professionals, graphic artists, marketing professionals, healthcare professionals. The average annual salary you can earn with this accreditation is about $70,297, according to the figures given on the vendor’s website.
- CIW Web and Mobile Design Series: is intended for professionals who aim at working in such fields as e-commerce, mobile apps, multimedia, social media, graphic design, Web site design, data analysis, and. Certified candidates must demonstrate their skills in implementing scripting and authoring languages to develop Web sites, creating content, applying social media strategies, implementing technologies to provide B2B and B2C e-commerce Web sites, manage and provide data analysis. Because of the changes in the Web design industry, this group includes 7 certifications with appropriate training courses. Currently, you can opt for such designations as CIW Advanced HTML5 and CSS3 Specialist, CIW User Interface Designer, CIW Social Media Strategist, CIW Multimedia Specialist, and CIW Data Analyst Specialist. The rest two CIW E-Commerce Services Specialist and CIW Mobile Application Developer accreditations will be released soon. Concerning the salary that you can get in this area ranges from $66,665-$77,383 per year.
- If you are the owner of the CIW Perl Specialist accreditation, that hasn’t been issued since 2022, you still are eligible for passing the abovementioned two exams to earn the CIW Web Development Professional certification. Speaking of the salary you can earn per year, the figures provided on the vendor’s website are the following ones: from $71,382- $94,284.
- Web Security Series: testifies your ability to operate and secure online data from one computer to a whole corporate network. This series includes taking one course and a certification exam to gain the entry-level CIW Web Security Associate designation. But, if you plan to obtain the advanced CIW accreditations, you have to gain additional certifications from third-party training providers that are centered on security. Thus, CIW partners with CompTIA and (ISC)2 organizations which means that after passing one exam from these reputable IT vendors (or others from the list given on the CIW website), you can gain the CIW Web Security Specialist designation. If you succeed in taking two exams from third-party security training vendors, you will be awarded the CIW Web Security Professional certification. The salary in this area ranges from $69,520 to $111,314 per annum.