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Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW)

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Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) is a set of courses and exams that, when completed successfully, certifies an individual as capable in Web site development and server administration, including security and e-commerce. The CIW curriculum provides hands-on training for real-world Internet technologies that is independent of particular product vendors. A student may train at an instructor-led training site or train at home or at the office using conference calls, e-mail, and Web-based support. Examinations are administered by Sylvan Prometric, an independent testing body, at one of their testing centers. The Internet Certification Institute International (ICII) offers CIW certification worldwide and ProsoftTraining.Com offers the CIW certification program in the U.S. CIW certification is accredited by the Association of Internet Professionals and endorsed by the World Organization of Webmasters.

The first step toward certification is the CIW Foundations course. It provides basic knowledge of Internet technologies, network infrastructure, and Web page creation with the Hypertext Markup Language ( HTML ). All students must pass the exam at this level before taking other courses. Thereafter, the student may choose from one or more of the following courses:

  • CIW Site Designer: This level teaches the student how to design, implement, and maintain a Web site with HTML, other authoring tools, and script languages, and how to use Web management and new media tools. This is a five-day course.
  • CIW Application Developer: The student learns to build client and server-side Web applications. This course is divided into four sections totaling 10 days: JavaScript Fundamentals (2 days), Visual Java Using Visual Caf? or Visual Age (3 days); Fundamentals of CGI Programming Using Perl (2 days) and Server-Side Scripting and Security (3 days).
  • CIW Enterprise Developer: An Enterprise Developer builds n- tier database and legacy solutions for Web applications. This course takes 10 days and is divided into four sections: Java Programming Fundamentals (5 days); Enterprise Development with JFC (Java Foundation Classes) and Swing, which is used to create GUI (graphical user interface) (2 days), Enterprise Development with JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) (1 day) and Enterprise Development with CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) and Java (2 days). A student needs a familiarity with Windows NT and web server administration concepts and a working knowledge of C, Pascal or C++. A student must complete the Foundations and Application Developer courses before taking this course.
  • CIW Server Administrator: This course teaches a student how to manage and tune corporate Internet and intranet infrastructures, monitor Web server systems, news and mail servers, and configure and deploy e-business servers. A student needs a working knowledge of Windows NT including installation and configuration. The course takes five days to complete and is divided into two sections: Internet System Management (2 days) and Advanced Internet System Management (3 days).
  • CIW Internetworking Professional: An Internetworking Professional defines network architecture, identifies infrastructure components, and monitors and analyzes network performance. Basically, the Internetworking Professional is responsible for the design and management of enterprise TCP/IP networks, including troubleshooting when necessary. This course is divided into three parts totaling seven days: TCP/IP Internetworking (2 days); Advanced TCP/IP Concepts and Practices (3 days); and Simple Network Management Protocol ( SNMP ) Network Management (2 days).
  • CIW Security Professional: The Security Professional implements security policies, identifies security threats, develops and provides countermeasures using firewall systems and attack-recognition technologies, and manages the deployment of security solutions. The course is divided into four sections each two days long: Network Security and Firewalls; Windows NT Network Security; UNIX and TCP/IP Network Security; and Security Auditing, Attacks, and Threat Analysis. A student must successfully complete both the Foundations and Internetworking Professional courses before taking this course.
  • CIW E-Commerce Professional: The student learns how to design and implement e-commerce Web sites, identify customer needs, monitor customer usage patterns, determine order processes and service after the sale and how to determine what e-business solutions increase sales. The student examines the relationships between cardholders, issuers, merchants, acquirers, payment gateways, and third parties using Secure Electronic Transactions ( SET ), cryptography standards, certificate authority , and services including VeriSign and CyberCash . This course is five days long divided into two parts: E-commerce Concepts and Practices (2 days) and E-commerce Strategy and Solutions (3 days).
This was last updated in March 2011

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