Certified Web Developer Associate (CWDVA)

Certified Web Developer Associate Program Overview

Based on research of industry needs and competencies and skill sets identified as essential for Web technology workers, WebProfessionals.org has designed the following guidelines, learning objectives, and resources as a foundation for those pursuing knowledge, experience, and/or careers as Web Developers and or Webmasters. The guidelines, objectives, and resources are designed to make the learning experience comparable to one experienced in college-level courses by providing course descriptions and learning objectives. After completing the CWDVA guidelines and resources, individuals may take the WebProfessionals.org Certified Web Developer Associate Certification Exam.

Introduction

The WebProfessionals.org Certified Web Developer Associate (CWDA) examination measures essential competencies for aspiring or practicing Web Developers. The examinee must demonstrate knowledge of programming, markup HTML including HTML5, CSS3, scripting, dynamic website technologies, Servers, Networking, and Web Security and Web Business Management that includes basic legal issues and Web Accessibility at the standard defined by this test specification. The skills and knowledge measured by this examination are derived from an industry-wide and worldwide job task analysis which was validated through a survey of hundreds of designers. The results of the survey were used in weighting the domains and ensuring that the weighting is representative of the relative importance of that content to the job requirements of a WOW Certified Web Developer Associate. The intent is to certify individuals in a body of knowledge that is identified and accepted as the baseline or foundation of any Web Designer.

The exam contains 70 questions. Examinees have 60 minutes to complete the exam. The exam is currently only available in English and available at testing centers throughout the U.S.

NOTE: The exam contains 70 questions. Examinees have 60 minutes to complete the exam. The exam is currently only available in English and available at testing centers throughout the U.S.

The table below lists the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented in the examination.

Topics of the exam include:

Domain % Of Examination
Web Programming 30%
Markup 13%
Scripting 15%
Dynamic Web Site Technologies 15%
Databases 10%
Web Security 10%
Web Business Management 4%
Web Accessibility 3%
TOTAL 100%

Examination Description

The examinee selects, from four (4) or more response options, the option(s) that best complete(s) the statement or answer(s) the question. Distractors or wrong answers are response options that examinees with incomplete knowledge or skill would likely choose, but are generally plausible responses fitting into the content area. Test item formats used in this examination are:

Multiple-choice: The examinee selects one option that best answers the question or completes a statement.

Multiple-response: The examinee selects more than one option that best answers the question or completes a statement.

Sample Directions: Read the statement or question and, from the response options, select only the option(s) that represent(s) the most correct or best answer(s).

Content may include the following. Below is a list of topics for each course objective followed by a list of recommended textbooks.

Examination Domains and Topics

  1. Web Programming
    Content may include the following:

    • Java Script
    • JSP
    • ASP.Net
    • PHP
  2. Markup and Scripting
    Content may include the following:

    • XHTML
    • HTML (including HTML5)
    • Document Type Definitions (DTDs)
    • CSS (including CSS-3)
    • XML
  3. Web Design and Graphics
    Content may include the following:

    • Layout
    • Navigation
    • Images
    • Icons
    • Tools
    • Formats
    • Color
    • Imaging
  4. Dynamic Website Technology
    Content may include the following:

    • Application object
    • Session object
    • Cookies
    • Java Script
    • AJAX
    • DOM and shadow DOM
  5. Web Database Technology
    Content may include the following:

    • Schema
    • Legacy Systems
    • Relational database model
    • XML
  6. Servers, Networking and Administration
    7.0 Content may include the following:

    • UNIX/ Linux
    • Windows Servers
    • FTP (and sFTP)
    • DNS
    • HTTP
    • TCP/IP
  7. Web Security
    Content may include the following:

    • PGP
    • Public Key Encryption (PKE)
    • SSL
  8. Web Business Management
    Content may include the following:

    • Legal and Copyright Issues
    • Project Management
  9. Web Accessibility
    Content may include the following:

    • The W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative
    • Planning and coding for accessibility
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