I am conTENT. My work is CONtent.

becoming certifiable in Webmastery

Posted by contentgrrl on November 3, 2007

I have learned so much on the job. But the more you know, the more you discover you don’t know. I am always discovering new gaps. When I need to fill those gaps to meet my long-term goals, and a book won’t cut it, sometimes a little more formal training is in order.

The International Webmasters Association partnered with the HTML Writers Guild to offer a certification program via eClasses.

I completed most of of the classes required for the Web Programming certificate, but the Design curriculum looks good as well.

In my case, each class required about 6-12 hours of work per week. Pretty standard online experience: register for membership, pay for class, buy the text, wait for class to begin, log on to read lectures & assignments, peruse classmates’ questions/answers (VERY USEFUL!) and assignments (EVEN MORE USEFUL!), post your own work, and wait for an acknowledgement from the instructor.

It doesn’t look bad on the wall, and it doesn’t look bad on the resume either.

I have to stress that you can’t plagiarize. You do your own work on the hands-on exercises, and the assignments are structured to encourage projects that will help you on the job, and will therefore be more individualized. And often the instructor’s feedback and comments from fellow students are very eye-opening.

At the time of this writing, course prices range from $80 to $270 or so, depending on whether you’re a member. Session durations range from 4-8 weeks, with a staggered schedule (new classes begin every week) rather than a semester-like schedule.

As of June 8, Rend Lake College (RLC) in Illinois offers the Webmaster certificate program online through a partnership with eClasses, and you can request 2 credit hours per course completed. (see 2nd link below)

RLC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as an accredited institution by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission.

Always search the US DOE database if you’re concerned about accreditation and creditability.


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