Certified Professional Web Designer

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 Designers or Webmasters. The guidelines, objectives, and resources are designed to make the learning experience comparable to one experienced in college-level courses by providing exam descriptions and learning objectives.


The Certified Professional Web Designer (CPWDS) examination measures essential competencies for practicing Web Designers. Examinees know most, if not all, of the information found within the following described domains. Typically, they have at least two years of professional experience. The examinee must demonstrate knowledge of Internet basics, HTML and WYSIWYG editors, Web graphics, Web multimedia, Web site design, Web site management, and legal issues 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 Certified Professional Web Designer. The intent is to certify individuals in a body of knowledge that is identified and accepted for a professional-level Web Designer.

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