Certificate in Web and Software


This program is based on extensive research of industry competencies and skill sets that are identified as critical for Web technology workers. The following guidelines, resources and learning objectives are designed as foundation for those students pursuing careers, knowledge or experience as Webmasters, and were created to mirror a learning experience equivalent to college-level courses. Upon completion of the CAW guidelines, students are eligible to take the CAW Certification Examination.

The Certified Associate Webmaster (CAW) exam measures essential abilities needed by aspiring or practicing Webmasters. The student must exhibit knowledge of Internet basics, Web graphics, HTML, Web site design, Web multimedia, Web site management, Web marketing, Web project management, Web accessibility and basic legal issues surrounding the Internet. The  knowledge and skills measured by this testing are derived from industry-wide and global task analysis and validated by a survey among hundreds of designers. The survey results were used to weight the domains and ensure that the weighting is typical of the relative value of that content to the actual job responsibilities of a Certified Associate Webmaster. The purpose is to certify students in an accepted and identified body of knowledge that is the baseline for any Webmaster.

1. Internet Business Foundations (2 days)

This two-day course guides students through the Internet and a wide range of useful resources. Students will learn to use numerous Internet technologies, like Web browsers, email, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), newsgroups, Telnet and search engines. They will gain hands-on experience configuring Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator to access multimedia, like RealPlayer, Flash and Shockwave content. Students will also use a range of Web-based search engines to help conduct advanced searches and learn basics of e-commerce and Web security issues.

2. Foundations in Networking Technology (4 days)

This is a four-day course and it was designed to help students learn fundamental networking practices and concepts, including network architecture, TCP/IP, Internet servers, networking protocols, server-side scripting, database connectivity and security.

3. Web Site Development Foundations (4 days)

This four-day course was designed to help students learn about Web page creation and other parts of Web authorship. Students will gain actual experience developing Web pages in a text editor, and also within a graphic user interface (GUI) editor. They will also learn to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and learn the basics of Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML), Dynamic HTML (DHTML), JavaScript, and the Document Object Model (DOM). Upon completion of this course, a student will have the abilities to complete simple Web pages that contain text, hyperlinks, graphics, tables, forms and frames.


1. Technology-Tools and Design Methodology

This four-day course will teach students to create and manage Web sites using tools like FrontPage 2000, Macromedia Dreamweaver 3.0 and Flash 4.0, and various other programs.   Students will learn to implement strategies that develop third-generation Web sites and how to evaluate tools for Web design. The course targets theory, design and Web page development, along with information architecture concepts, scenario development, Web project management, and performance evaluations.

2. Design Methodology and Technology- Languages

This three-day course teaches students how to design, create and manage Web sites using  tools like Dynamic HTML and CSS standards. Students will talk about coming technology standards and explore compatibility issues in current browsers. The course targets theory, design and  construction, as well as information architecture ideas, scenario development, Web project management and performance evaluations. Students will learn about many different areas and complete relevant lab work, and instructors will point out topics that are favourite areas for certification exam questioning.


This credential is designed for graduating software engineers and entry-level software professionals and is intended to bridge gaps between educational experience and real-world occupational requirements. The CSDA is step one towards becoming a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP).

Upon passing, you will get a score report that tells you simply that you have passed. If you do not pass, you will get a scaled score along with some additional diagnostic data will help you pass on your next attempt.

Maintaining your CSDA credential does not require re certification processes. You will likely want to move forward with the more prestigious SCDP credential when you become eligible.

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