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  • # December 1, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Regards, I try to get certified in some sort of degree in a graphic design career (focusing on the web).

    In my country (Chile) is a newly opened field, and frankly the curriculum of career is very poor. In fact the issues more than the know, so I’m looking for something I really serve to learn and can give me some kind of international certification.

    Any suggestions?

    # December 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    It’s difficult to understand your question exactly, but if you are just looking to learn some basics around front-end web development take a look at w3 schools. I found their tutorials extremely useful when starting out:

    # December 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    In short, I need international certificates evidencing my knowledge.

    # December 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I would [recommend against]( w3schools. They are **not** an authoritative institution, and their curriculum is disorganized, incomplete, misleading, and often outright wrong.

    (Yes, there is useful information, of course, but it’s not worth trying to sort through the bad parts.)

    If you are looking for certifications, w3schools is the wrong place to spend your money. They are not affiliated with the w3c (the web standards body) and their “certifications” are not recognized or valued by employers.

    My first recommendation for learning HTML/CSS/javascript is google’s [From The Ground Up]( series.

    # December 2, 2012 at 11:56 pm


    thanks for introducing “from the ground up” series, Is there any certifications for web designing?

    also i want to start my career as a web designer, can u list what are the skills required to be a web designer ?

    # December 3, 2012 at 12:15 am

    > also i want to start my career as a web designer, can u list what are the skills required to be a web designer ?

    make good websites : )

    Seriously, that’s it. Some employers will be looking for university degrees, but *all* employers will be looking for competency. Chris Coyier says “just build websites”; he’s right. Make sure you’re always learning, practicing, and making something better.

    # December 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Certification is not required nor highly respected. They are meaningless. And I also agree with @traq.

    # December 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Agreed with Traq. so mr. traq m also learning css now a days by my self with helping with n w3school and also working with my own website. now m stuck with that. i build my home page with the help css now trun second page n m stock. do i need to make separate css for next page. plz i need some helping hand.


    # December 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    @r2jeff Create a new discussion and explain your problem in detail.

    # December 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    thANKS .. i did post.. cheers mate..

    # December 23, 2012 at 5:12 am

    W3school is the best tutorial to learn web designing online.I must recommend to all my friends this useful site.

    # December 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I don’t know about Chile, but in my country most certificates that you can get online are not really valued.

    Take a degree in a related field (Graphic Design if you are more of a “Web Designer” or computer science if you are more of a “Web Developer”).

    For actually learning the specifics of Web Design / Web Development you can buy good books, take online courses (e.g. and follow websites such as this one for the latest developments.

    Then build a portfolio of a few well made websites.

    A degree in something like Graphic Design or Computer Science + a good portfolio will be everything that you need and any employer will appreciate that way more than any certificate you can get online.

    # December 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    @seeman – see my post (and conversation) above.

    > I would [recommend against]( w3schools.

    # March 8, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Personally I have spent more than a decade to web development, first as an amateur and about five years ago professionally, using my degree in computer science.

    Currently study graphic design, although slightly oriented web design. It’s a little twist in my working life, I hope to make a good choice. At least I’ll try.

    Thanks for the feedback.

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