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WOW Certified Professional Web Developer

Program Overview

Based on research of industry needs and competencies and skill sets identified as essential for Web technology workers, WOW has designed the following guidelines, learning objectives, and resources as a foundation for those pursuing knowledge, experience, and/or careers as Web Developers and or Webmasters. The guidelines, objectives, and resources are designed to make the learning experience comparable to one experienced in college-level courses by providing exam descriptions and learning objectives.


The WOW Certified Professional Web Developer (CPWDV) examination measures essential competencies for practicing Web Developers. Examinees know most, if not all, of the information found within the following described domains. Typically, they have at least two years of professional experience. The examinee must demonstrate knowledge of programming, markup, scripting, dynamic website technologies, Servers, Networking, and Web Security and Web Business Management that includes basic legal issues and Web Accessibility at the standard defined by this test specification. The skills and knowledge measured by this examination are derived from an industry-wide and worldwide job task analysis which was validated through a survey of hundreds of developers. The results of the survey were used in weighting the domains and ensuring that the weighting is representative of the relative importance of that content to the job requirements of a WOW Certified Professional Web Developer. The intent is to certify individuals in a body of knowledge that is identified and accepted for a Professional Web Developer.

Recommended Books

Web Programming and Dynamic Website Technology

  • ASP.NET Unleashed by Stephen Walther. Publisher: Sams. ISBN: 0672320681.
  • Open Source Web Development with LAMP: Using Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl, and PHP by James B. Lee, Brent Ware. Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional. ISBN: 020177061X
  • Internet & World Wide Web How to Program (2nd Edition) by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, T. R. Nieto. Publisher: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0130308978

Networking, Infrastructure, and Security

  • How Networks Work by Frank Derfler and Les Freed. Publisher: Que, ISBN: 0789727536
  • Sams Teach Yourself Networking in 24 Hours by Matt Hayden. Publisher: Sams, ISBN: 0672320029
  • Maximum Security, (4th Edition) by Anonymous, et al. Publisher: Sams, ISBN: 0672324598


  • Database Solutions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Databases by Thomas Connolly, Carolyn Begg. Publisher: Addison-Wesley. ISBN: 0201674769

Markup, CSS, Scripting, Site Design, Site Management, Accessibility, Scripting

The books in this section cover a broad range of topics, but also provide detailed learning specific to the title content.

  • Special Edition Using HTML and XHTML by Molly E. Holzschlag. Publisher: Que, ISBN: 0789727315
  • Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide by Eric A. Meyer Publisher: O’Reilly Publishing, ISBN: 1565926226
  • CSS: The Designer’s Edge by Molly E. Holzschlag. Publisher: Sybex, ISBN: 0782141846
  • JavaScript Bible (4th Edition) by Danny Goodman. Publisher: John Wiley and Sons, ISBN: 0764533428

Web Graphics and Multimedia

  • designing web graphics.4, Fourth Edition by Lynda Weinman. Publisher: New Riders. ISBN: 0735710791
  • Macromedia Flash MX Unleashed, by Matthew Pizzi. Publisher: Sams. ISBN: 0672324016
  • Creating Web Graphics, Audio, and Video Interactive Workbook by Michael R. Mosher, Roger P. Shepard Jr. Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR. ISBN: 0130865907

Web Project Management

  • Web Project Management: Delivering Successful Commercial Web Sites by Ashley Friedlein. Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann, ISBN: 1558606785