CIW Website Foundation Associate

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CIW comprises the world's fastest growing vendor-neutral Web technology education and certification programs for professionals. It has become the educational standard adopted by academic institutions, governments and businesses worldwide for Web technology skills.

The Web Foundations Associate Certification series  (Online courses delivered over the internet) consists of three foundational courses and corresponding certification exams that teach and validate more than mere digital literacy skills.  These courses and certifications are ideal for all students and professionals who use the Internet on the job.

The CIW Web Foundations courses prepare candidates to take the CIW Web Foundations exam, which, if passed, earns the individual the CIW Web Foundations Associate certification. 

The CIW Internet Business Associate course prepares you to work effectively in today's business environment. In this course, you will learn about the tasks involved in various Web Technology job roles, and you will learn the skills and technologies to perform them.  The career opportunities that demand these common Web-based skills are endless.

The CIW Site Development Associate course teaches you essential Web page development skills. You will learn to develop Web sites using Hypertext Markup Language version 5 (HTML5) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). You will learn to write code manually, as well as use graphical user interface (GUI) authoring tools. You will also work with images, create hyperlinks, and add tables, forms, video and audio to your Web pages. If you want the knowledge and skills to design or improve Web sites, this course is for you.

The Network Technology Associate course prepares you for job readiness in many business and technology-related careers. Understanding the fundamentals of networking, Internet protocols and network security is important for all professionals who use the Internet.

This certification proves your mastery of the basics of networking and prepares you for further study in the specialty of your choosing.

No prior experience using the Internet, developing Web pages or configuring networks is necessary. However, learners should be familiar with an operating system such as Microsoft Windows 7 before taking this course. The CIW Web Foundations courseware does not provide entry-level computer literacy.  Rather, it builds upon computer literacy training and certifications such as Microsoft Office Specialist.

Technical Requirements

This online course is delivered over the internet, therefore  the technical requirements are as follows:  128MB of RAM; Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Minimum screen resolution 800×600, Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher; Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher; Flash 8.0 or higher; 56K minimum connection; broadband (256 kpbs or higher) connection recommended; Javascript, DHTML and cookies enabled; Sound card with speakers or headphones strongly recommended.

All Learners preparing to enter or continue in the workforce can benefit from the CIW Foundations Associate Certification: School/College Leavers, Technical and Professionals in all industries can benefit from the CIW Foundations Associate certification - sample includes:

Information Technology Legal Healthcare
Business  / Graphic Artist Relevant Life/work Experience Marketing

 The CIW Web Foundations Associate series of courses is the most popular vendor-neutral Web technology education program in the world.  Individuals who have completed all three Foundations courses have mastered more than digital literacy skills. They have also validated their understanding of important technologies that affect virtually every business, and they have gained a unique understanding of Internet use, data networking and Web site design.

This course and certification series is ideal for all learners and professionals who work (and play) with computers, networks and the Internet. Once certified, these individuals are ready to enter or advance in the workforce, and to pursue specialized study in Web design, e-commerce, JavaScript, databases and other fields. The career opportunities that demand these common Web-based skills are endless.

CIW Web Foundations Associate Certification

Internet Business Associate

Module Units
Introduction to IT Business & Careers Multimedia on the Web
Internet Communication Databases and Web Search Engines
Introduction to Internet Technology Introduction to Data Searching Tools
Web Browsing Business E Mail and Personal Information Management
Protecting Yourself Online Internet Services and Tools for Business
IT Project and Program Management  

Site Development Associate

Module Units
Markup Language and Site Development Essentials Hyperlinks
HTML5 Coding HTML Tables
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Graphical Elements Video, Audio and Image Techniques
Web Forms Extending HTML
GUI HTML Editors and Mobile Web Sites Web Site Development for Business

Network Technology Associate

Module Units
Introduction to Networking Networking Components and Standards
Connecting to the Internet Internet Services
Hardware and Device Connectivity Network and Cloud Security Risks

Learners can register for CIW exams online with Pearson VUE at the CIW exam registration page at  Follow the instructions on Pearson VUE's site for details on registering for exams. You may also register in person at any authorized Pearson VUE testing centre.

Local Learners may take the examinations at Dorset College Pearsonvue/ Prometric Testing Centre:

Course Title & Exam Number Individual Awards
CIW Internet Business Associate: Exam 1DO-61A CIW Network Technology Associate
CIW Site Development  Associate: Exam 1DO-61B  CIW Site Development Associate
CIW Network Technology Associate: Exam 1DO-61C CIW Network Technology Associate

Awards (3 individual Exams or 1 overall exam)
CIW Web Foundations Associate Certification

Whether you are an experienced Web professional looking for advancement opportunities or just starting out in a career in Web technologies, CIW professional certifications will help you reach your goals.

Becoming a certified CIW Associate, Advanced CIW HTML5 & CSS3 Associate, CIW Web Design Specialist, e-Commerce Specialist or CIW Web Development Professional can help you reap great rewards. CIW Certifications verify that you have the skills necessary to master today's technology-driven world. And in today's tough economy, it is imperative that your abilities set you apart in the minds of the hiring managers.

Consider some of the benefits you can earn with CIW job-role certifications:

  • Obtain the skills and qualifications to succeed in your career.
  • Validate and specialise in defined job-role skills.
  • Add industry-recognised qualifications to your résumé.
  • Increase your salary and job responsibilities.
  • Distinguish yourself and earn advancement within your organisation.
  • Keep your skills up-to-date in the evolving technology world.

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 CIW Foundation Associate Courseware

Official CIW Curriculum course books covering the complete CIW Foundation Associate syllabus for:

  • Internet Business Associate
  • Site Development Associate
  • Network Technology Associate

CIW Exam Study Guide

CIW Exam Study Guides for the three courses provide focused study for individuals preparing to take high-stakes CIW certification exams. Each Exam Study Guide features:

  • Information about taking CIW certification exams
  • A table listing CIW exam objectives, including knowledge domains and individual skills objectives
  • Enumerated content sections that summarize each skills objective
  • Sample exam questions

CIW Pre-Assessment

We offer an online pre-assessment test that mirrors the number of questions and distribution of skills objectives covered on the CIW exam. The CIW Pre-Assessment helps students determine their existing skill levels and their preparedness to take the CIW training courses. It also helps identify knowledge areas in which students need to focus their studies in order to pass the certification exam.

The CIW Pre-Assessment allows students to:

  • Practice time management, because the test's time limit mirrors the certification exam's time limit
  • Exit the test at any time (they must start over on their next attempt)
  • Skip a question, flag it for review and return to it later
  • Review all answers before getting the final score
  • See which questions they missed, with correct answers and explanations
  • Repeat the test as many times as needed within the subscription period

CIW Course Mastery

CIW Course Mastery is an online tool that delivers CIW course review questions. This tool is based on research in learning and memory and it delivers an accelerated teaching solution that reduces training time and boosts retention of material in the learner’s memory to provide 100-percent mastery of all content.

Students can use Course Mastery after each lesson to review the material, and identify the concepts that they understand and those that they still need to learn. For each question, Course Mastery asks students to indicate their level of confidence in their answer. Course Mastery creates an adaptive, personalised learning plan and cycles the student through a process of test-learn-retest until the student achieves mastery of the material.

CIW Practice Exams

The CIW Practice Exams consist of a variety of tests designed to help reinforce learning and assess the students' knowledge of specific skills objectives

  • Objective Reviews and Quizzes
  • Reinforcement Tests
  • Self-Assessment Tests
  • Practice Exams

CIW Supplemental Materials (online)

For each CIW course supplemental materials is provided for students. Materials include files required to complete the coursework, as well as other optional elements. Student materials include the following: Lab files required to complete the course labs.
Answers to student exercises and quizzes
Appendixes with related information.