5 Certificates to Prove You're a Master of the Web
One of the realist challenges for Internet professionals is in getting the respect they deserve from others in the world of business. That may be because doctors, lawyers, even real estate agents and accounts, receive accreditation to work in their chosen field and in their professional positions. When it comes to Web workers, however, the population tends to be self-taught and even more than self-taught, and self-regulated.
A certification however can go a long way, not only in exposing recipients to information and insights that they might not have otherwise gained, but also to position them to earn more in the future. When's the last time you went in for a job interview and were asked what certifications you had? Even if you weren't asked, having those credentials is definitely a talking point and when others know how you're skill set is differentiated, you're in a better position to earn more and move more quickly up the corporate ladder.
Confirm you are truly a master of the Web with some of these respected and coveted certifications for ‘Net professionals:
Adobe Certified Experts are an effective way to show off your experience and expertise and communicate proficiency in Adobe products. Internet professionals (designers specifically) can opt for single product certification, specialist certification which recognizes proficiency in a particular medium, or master certification or the ACE Master Certification
The WOW Certified Professional Webmaster (CPW) examination measures essential competencies for aspiring or practicing Webmasters. The examinee must demonstrate knowledge of Site Admin & Maintenance, Networking Basics, Hardware and infrastructure, Web Business Management, Security.
The Google Partner program brings AdWords certifications to a professional level. Internet professionals with a healthy amount of activity and quality results in the search, display and video (YouTube) networks, along with customer care best practices can and should seek out the certification because the benefits are numerous. Google actually offers several other certifications as well including those for AdSense and Analytics.
CIW offers certifications and training in four "series" that map specifically to industry job roles including Web design, Web development, Web security and one covering the Web foundations covering digital literacy in general.
Microsoft certifications should also be top of mind with IT professionals in particular. Certifications range from server administration to application development as well as for database management. The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended college credit for several Microsoft Certifications.