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Is a Master CIW Designer qualification better than a degree?

Discussion in 'CIW Certifications' started by poolzey89, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. poolzey89

    poolzey89 New Member

    I was wondering what qualification is the best to have to become a web designer/delevoper?

    Or is a bachelors or masters degree the same standard as a Master Ciw Designer?

    I think that most companies look for degrees, but i've heard than CIW is an industry recognised qualification.

    Please, please help on which is the better.

  2. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    Short answer: No.

    I've not heard of a masters degree in web design, but who knows.
    CIW is a fairly basic cert which will give you a good heads up, but won't be recongised in the same way a degree will.
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  3. Ando

    Ando Bit Poster

    As JohnnyMX says, Master CIW Designer is good but nowhere near as good as a degree.

    As an example, I was fortunate enough to be able to do several certifications through uni which all counted towards part of my degree in I.T.

    Master CIW Designer consists of 3 exams which my uni (University of the West of Scotland) had assessed as 3 modules at 1st year level. (My uni required 8 modules per year at increasing levels of difficulty each year).
    This would mean that Master CIW Designer counts as 3/8s of a first year uni course.
    Certifications: MCP, MCDST, MCTS, MCITP, Mstr CIW Dsgnr
  4. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

    I've never known any of the CIW certifications to be all that highly regarded. I am CIW-certified and I've never had it be requested as a requirement for a job (even jobs as a Web developer). My degree, on the other hand, has been helpful in getting every job I've had since graduating.

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