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CIW a little bit confused :S

Discussion in 'CIW Certifications' started by Nats, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. Nats

    Nats New Member

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    Hey everyone.... this is my first post :biggrin

    I want to get into web design and have been looking at doing the CIW certificates, But as their so expensive to buy i was going to try and teach myself. Any ideas on how i should start.. i am a little bit lost as to where i should go lol!! And no i dont have a lot of experience just the general knowledge kind of thing :rolleyes:

    Thanks :what?

    Nats
     
    Certifications: None yet
    WIP: CIW
  2. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    I'm no web expert but I think these have been posted in another thread as a good start for a beginner doing it by self study :

    http://www.w3schools.com/

    Oh and welcome aboard !
     
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  3. Nats

    Nats New Member

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    Ahh yes i found something similar to that :p Me thinks it is a good place to start too

    Thankies you:cheers
     
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    WIP: CIW
  4. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    If you don't mind going to college (evening classes) you could take a look at the ITQ 3 route to Adobe Certified Associate, see here for an example. Or you could self-study for the ACA and then take the ACA exam at your local Certiport testing centre.

    CIW are great exams, but I don't think that they are as big over here as in the US (still a great cert to have, this is one cert that I'll be aiming for at some point). The certs from w3schools, I'm not sure of, I believe that they are more along the lines of certificates of completion/achievement (just like Learndirect certs) and not an academic/vocational/professional certificate as you can sit the exams unproctered. In my opinion Adobe certs have more backing as:

    1. Adobe is already a strong provider in certification as well as software &
    2. Has already be mapped to a NQF level (which is level 3)

    -ken
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    They're not that big in the US, either. Web dev companies here want people who can show a portfolio of Web sites they've developed, not exams they've passed or certificates they've gained.
     
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  6. Mitzs
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    Go to amazon, look for a html book that is not that old and has good ratings, the same for css, your gonna need to know both. The css book I have is the missing manual series. Love it.
     
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  7. nellyp123

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    I agree with mitzs...look on Amazon and find "CSS the missing manual" or better still copy and paste the ISBN number into the search field : 978-0596526870. It's a excellent read and will bring you up to speed with BOTH xhtml and CSS.

    But even though this is a good starter and will teach you good techniques....it wont give you enough knowledge to pass the CIW certs. Especially the foundations exam. (the first one).

    You really do need the CIW modules so you can understand how and what CIW want you to know.
    Because if you have looked at the CIW requirements you will see that to pass the foundations exam you need to learn about networking, web browsers, cookies, plug-ins and file management. Also the development side of things like, database connectivity, Web site project management and marketing and design concepts.

    So personally and this is exactly what i did......look on ebay for the official training modules or computer base training (CBT) CD's, which as it happens there is one up for auction now. Here is the item number:330248854990

    If you don't win this, keep looking. I was lucky and found the foundations modules on ebay and a couple of cdRoms. And i just managed to buy the site designer modules before this ridiculous restriction came about on posting to the U.K. They only cost me £89 then!. With both exams and the training material, it cost me about £400.

    Also look on www.cramsession.com for some free exam study guides.

    Let me know how you got on, perhaps i can help you further?

    good luck, neil
     
    Certifications: CIW Professional
  8. Nats

    Nats New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your comments i found them really helpful :biggrin

    I didnt even see that CIW package on ebay and i looked the other day YEY!!! And i most certainly will b buying it:p

    And i am sure i wil need more advise so thank you in advance:iluvcf

    Thanks Nats
     
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  9. MickyBobs

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    Hia you look out for that skills train ad on telly RING IT!
     
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  10. PhoenixAngelique

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    I'm studying through them, want their link?
     
    WIP: CIW Master Website Design Manager

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