Webmaster Certification Program – Retired

Retired Program

This program was redesigned to allow for new course content that is up-to-date and reflects changes in the field. Please visit our new Online Web Design and Development Professional Certification Program.

In addition to creating a real-world project to add to your career portfolio, the following are the required courses that you must take in order to become FSU Webmaster Certified. It is recommended that you take the courses in the order listed below.

  1. Foundations of Web Design
  2. Designing for the Web with Photoshop
  3. Basic XHTML for Structure
  4. Styling Web Pages with CSS (Prerequisite: XHTML or equivalent knowledge).
  5. Developing Dynamic Websites

Foundations of Web Design
Study of design principles, the web design process (research, competitor analysis, layout), usability testing, writing for the web. The site building process (client consultation, prototype, and maintenance) is also covered.

Designing for the Web with Photoshop
Study of Photoshop CS5 basics including tools, layers, and color. Graphics optimization and graphic file formats are covered. The use of Photoshop to create elements for a page prototype including text titles, background images and navigational buttons is also covered.

Basic XHTML for Structure
Study of the components of XHTML code to build web pages. The course will cover XHTML markup, tables, forms, a preview of Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) and accessibility guidelines. Students will also learn how to create valid web pages and upload files to the World Wide Web.

Styling Webpages with CSS
Study of the components of Cascading Styles Sheets to create style for web pages. The course will cover CSS selectors, properties, values, the Box Model and navigation styles. Students will also use CSS to create tableless design with both liquid and fixed layouts. Prerequisite: XHTML or equivalent knowledge.

Developing Dynamic Websites
Study of dynamic website design through the use of scripting languages and relational databases to generate dynamic content. The course covers Javascript, PHP and MySQL basics. Students will learn how to use software development tools to assist with dynamic content creation.

Webmaster Certification
Upon completion of each of the 5 Webmaster Certification courses, register for the Webmaster Certification Fee where you will propose and build a final Certification Project. In addition to the Certification Competencies, the Webmaster Certification Committee will review the aesthetics and usability of your project site. Upon final approval, you will earn the FSU Webmaster Certification.

Before applying for the Florida State University Webmaster Certification, please complete the following requirements.

Complete the required Webmaster Certification courses including the homework for each course. Your course enrollment entitles you to one year of course access. This ensures that the skills demonstrated in your project reflects current web standards and best practices.

Register for the Webmaster Certification Fee and submit payment online or mail to:

Center for Academic & Professional Development
ATTN: Registrar
555 W. Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1640

Read the Certification Competencies Checklist as set forth by the Webmaster Review Committee.The Webmaster Certification project must be an individual effort. Therefore no portions of a department website are permitted; the final project must be a website in its entirety. The website must be a project for a real or fictitious client. Websites for personal use only (ie. family connection websites) are not allowed. The FSU Webmaster Core Competencies represent the skills that certification candidates are expected to demonstrate in their certification project. The competencies evolve constantly as new technologies become popular and new best practices are discovered. Candidates should be sure to always work from the most recent document.
After satisfying the previous three steps you may then complete The Proposal, and upon approval, complete The Project phases of the Certification Process as described below.

The Proposal
Upon completing each of the 5 Webmaster Certification courses, you must register for the Webmaster Certification Fee and submit payment. Then you will propose a Certification Project. The Proposal must include the following information:

A link to a Proposal that describes, in detail, the content and functionality that will make up all web pages once the site is built out in The Project phase. Additionally, you must include a section within this proposal labeled “Market Research.” This section must include links to three websites of similar topic to your proposed site that you feel are modern and professional in their design and layout. For each, you must tell us what design elements (color scheme, layout, etc.) that you will use for inspiration for your own website prototype.

A link to one XHTML, fully functional and complete, web prototype page. This page must be the completed XHTML home page for The Project (not a splash page), yet the navigational links do not have to connect to the other pages within the site because the remainder of the pages should only be built out upon approval of The Proposal.

In addition to the Certification Competencies, the Committee will also review the aesthetics and usability of your project site. A website that is too basic, disregards usability analysis, or does not have a modern look and feel will not be certified. We urge students to research sites that are similar in audience, goal, and scope as applicable to their project site and create something that is as advanced, if not more so, than the results of their research.

The Webmaster Review Committee will conduct one review of The Proposal and one follow up review if necessary. The average turnaround time for a submission response is 1-2 weeks. Upon approval of The Proposal, you may proceed to The Project phase of the Certification Process.

The Project
Once your Proposal is approved, submit the Certification Project Form located within the “Student Main Menu” including the link to your completed Certification Project. The committee will conduct one review of The Project and one follow up review if necessary. The average turnaround time for a submission response is 1-2 weeks.

Visit our new Online Certificate program featuring the following courses:

  1. Introduction to Digital Graphic Design
  2. Introduction to Web Design
  3. Web Application Development