The organizations and programs that we've mentioned here all offer the necessary education choices and some form of testing to ensure an established level of knowledge, exposure, and competence. These organizations offer an expected variety of educational options with traditional classroom training at local schools or independent sites, online courses, and self-paced instruction. The instruction covers the expected areas: website design techniques, programming languages and authoring tools, network and server basics and administration.
WOW provides three progressive certification levels: Apprentice is the first level; Associate is the second level. These two levels have the same examination; passing at 50 - 70% establishes Apprentice certification; passing at 70% or above establishes Associate level. Candidates can achieve the Certified Professional Webmaster certification by passing all four of the Associate level exams (Certified Web Designer Associate, Certified Associated Webmaster, Certified Web Developer Associate, Certified Web Administrator Associate), or by directly passing the single Certified Professional Webmaster exam.
The Florida State University program consists of five classes: XHTML 1.1; Cascading Style Sheets (CSS); Website Architecture; Dreamweaver; Intro to Photoshop. These classes constitute 84 total credit hours of instruction. The candidate must then propose and complete an individual project to develop and post an entire website. Upon project completion, a review board examines the website project to determine certification.
Each of these organizations recommends that their respective programs be completed within one year of starting the program. There are varying provisions for requesting extensions. No cost figures were directly available.
The few programs described here make it fairly obvious that there is an expected level of rigor, effort, commitment, and accomplishment to getting certified. This also means that the candidate needs to make a very serious evaluation of the specific reasons for certification, the anticipated benefit to be derived, and the time, effort, and monetary costs involved.