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The Certified Internet Web Professional (CIW) education program was created by a community of Web designers and developers in the late 1990s. The company that currently owns CIW, Certification Partners, offers books, on-line learning and high-stakes exams. Third-party companies also sell CIW preparation material.

The CIW program claims that each of their certifications are created from objectives suggested by experts who participate in an advisory council.These objectives are said to outline specific job skills, with the accompanying training that profiles both proprietaryand free and open source software.

The owners of CIW state that the education they provide is "vendor neutral," because no one specific vendor is profiled. The idea is that instead of teaching specific applications, the program teaches more important skills. However, CIW's relevance has come under question in some circles. Because CIW was created during the "dot com" period, it and other certifications like it have fallen under criticism that they were created to simply cash in on IT certification. Nevertheless, CIW seems to have survived the dot com bust and various critiques to become the world's largest Web education certification program. Over 145,000 CIW certificationshave been issued since 1997. This number represents roughly 120,000 individuals worldwide.

Universities, community colleges and secondary schools from North America to EMEA, Japan and China currently use CIW. For example, the University of the West of Scotlanduses CIW because it needs to base its programs on specific competencies and outcomes.

Of the several CIW certification paths, the most popular is Master CIW Designer, largely because it is updated the most often. This credential is given to anyone who passes the following three separate exams:

·         Foundations (which makes an individual a "CIW Associate")

·         Site Designer

·         E-Commerce Designer

·         Associate Design Specialist 

he CIW Community was created with the stated mission to get instructors to share ideas about how to teach Web design and development. The CIW Community site is accessible .

CIW courses are taught all over the globe by various learning institutions. CIW has established a large network of leading education and training partners to deliver industry-standard knowledge and skills. Individuals interested in education and certification exam preparation can attend CIW courses in high schools, colleges and training centers, or use our self-study options.

Academic Partners
As a CIW Academic Partner, your institution will be able to provide outstanding Internet technology and job-readiness training and certification for all your students. When you offer CIW programs, your students will get the education, skills and hands-on experience they need to increase their achievement levels and reach their educational and technical goals. Your institution will also be authorized to market, promote, sell and provide Official CIW Courseware instruction to individuals and organizations. 

Training Partners
Over the past decade, the demand for qualified Web professionals with proven Internet skills has increased dramatically. In today's digital economy, it is more important than ever for individuals to obtain solid technical training skills and certified proof of their Internet knowledge to secure the best job opportunities that are currently available. All CIW Authorized Partners can market, promote, sell and provide Official CIW Courseware instruction to students and organizations. 

Self-Study for Individuals 
Today's professionals strive to perform competitively in a global IT culture by staying current with related skills and trends. CIW self-study materials are a popular solution for those who need to budget their time and expenses as they build new skills and knowledge. Most CIW self-study students are educated, working IT professionals pursuing personal development and career advancement.

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