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Master Certified Internet Webmaster in Design (MCIWD): Career Facts

The Master Certified Internet Webmaster in Design (MCIWD) designation has been retired, but there are several alternative designations available for webmasters. Learn more about a job as a webmaster and the certifications that are available.

What Does a Webmaster Do?

As a webmaster, you would be placed in charge of a company's website. If a company does not have a website already you would be responsible for making one. This includes creating the layout of the site and assembling all of its components. If a company already has a website then you would be put in-charge of updating its content, ensuring it remains compatible with various platforms, and is navigable. In this career, you would work with a number of other professionals who would help you design the layout and complete web publishing.

Degree Required Associate degree
Education Required Web design, computer science, graphic design
Key Responsibilities Design and maintain client websites; monitor site traffic; write code and create digital graphics
Job Growth (2018-2028)* 13% (for web developers)
Median Salary (2018)* $69,430 (for web developers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What is Certifications Are Available for Webmasters?

Certified Internet Web Professional (CIW) offers several credentials that would be relevant for aspiring webmasters. Within the organization's Web Design Series, it is possible to earn a Web Design Specialist, E-Commerce Specialist or Web Design Professional certification. In CIW's Web and Mobile design series, there are currently four relevant certifications available: Advanced HTML5 and CSS3 Specialist, User Interface Designer, Social Media Strategist and Data Analyst. In the fourth quarter of 2017, CIW plans to offer the Multimedia Specialist and Mobile Application Developer designations, and the E-Commerce Services Specialist designation is schedule for release in the first quarter of 2018.

Alternatively, you could earn the Certified Professional Webmaster (CPW) designation, which is offered by the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW). To earn this certification, you must demonstrate skills in a wide range of topics related to website management, including website administration, website maintenance, network, hardware, computer infrastructure, web business management and security.

How Do I Obtain One of These Certifications?

In order to earn a CIW certification, you will need to pass an exam, the length and content of which will depend on which certification you decide to pursue. Some certifications also require you to have previously earned a lower-level designation.

One way to earn the WOW CPW designation is to pass the WOW CPW exam. The WOW CPW exam is a one-hour test that consists of 70 questions. There are a wide range of topics covered, ranging from marketing to graphics to programming. Some of the questions are multiple choice, but there are also essay questions that evaluate your web management performance. Alternatively, you can earn the CPW designations by passing all four of the associate-level tests that WOW offers: Web Designer Associate, Associate Webmaster, Web Developer Associate and Web Administrator Associate.

How Do I Prepare For the Exams?

To prepare for a CIW exam, you can take an instructor-led course, which can be found at colleges, high schools, middle schools and training centers. Several training companies also partner with CIW to offer classroom and online training. Alternatively, you could purchase a self-study course and practice at your own pace. Practice tests are available through the CIW website.

You are expected to have significant work experience before pursuing the WOW CPW designation, so much of your training will take place on the job. However, you can also find training courses on the WOW website.

What Will Certification Do For My Career?

Earning professional certification can improve your job prospects by demonstrating your skills to prospective employers. It can also help you advance within a company or increase your salary potential in the long run. As of November 2019, salary statistics provided by PayScale.com purport webmasters with 1-4 years' experience earned salaries ranging from $37,000 - $82,000, with a median salary of $50,776.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

Graphic designers play an integral role in the construction of websites and also require an associate degree, though a bachelor's degree may be preferred. They create the digital graphics for websites or media in other industries, such as advertising, publishing, or communications. They may design or select the color schemes, fonts, and visual art of a site. Computer programmers create the code computers use to run different programs and software. These professionals typical have a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field.