The CIW E-Commerce Specialist Course is designed for students who already have an understanding of web technologies and want to gain a good understanding of e-commerce practices and site design.

To be a member of a web or marketing team it is important to have a good working knowledge of e-commerce standards and this course will teach students how to conduct business online and manage the technical issues associated with constructing an e-commerce website. You will also learn about the similarities and differences between traditional and electronic commerce, and you will explore e-commerce technologies at various levels of sophistication.

CIW Web Design Professional SeriesThe CIW E-Commerce Specialist course prepares candidates to take the CIW ID0-525 exam. Students who pass the CIW E-Commerce Specialist and the CIW Web Design Specialist certification will also earn the advanced CIW Web Design Professional certification.

Students with little or no background in Web design should consider starting with the CIW Web Foundations Associate or the CIW Site Development Foundations.

Purchase a CIW Exam Voucher: You can order a PSI Exam Voucher for £100.00 when ordering via our website (Valid for 12 months from purchase). The exam voucher can be added to your order as an additional extra in your shopping cart.

CIW Official Training ProviderDistance Learning Centre is proud to be an authorised training partner for CIW course materials and we offer the official Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) self study courses.

The CIW E-Commerce Specialist Course includes the following items:

  • CIW course books covering the CIW E-Commerce Specialist 1D0-525 syllabus.
  • CIW Exam Study Guide.
  • CIW Movies (Online).
  • CIW Course Review Questions (Online).
  • CIW Online Exercises (Online).
  • CIW Practice Exams (Online).
  • Online Live Labs (Online).

Target Audience:

  • Web designers
  • Internet consultants
  • IT professionals
  • Marketing professionals
  • Web and graphic artists
  • Business professionals

The CIW E-Commerce Specialist Course includes the following items:

  • CIW E-Commerce Specialist Course Books

The E-Commerce Strategies and Practices course is for the individual who already understands the foundations of Web technologies and wants to become proficient in e-commerce practices and site design. To stand out as an increasingly valuable member of a Web or marketing team, you need a working knowledge of e-commerce standards.

The official CIW Self Study Course books cover the complete syllabus for the exams and teach in-depth knowledge and skills with easily digestible narrative and hands-on labs. Supplemental files are included online which will be used in conjunction with your study. An Exam Study Guide provides condensed study material on the specific skills objectives you need to master for the exams.

Skills Taught:

  • E-commerce site development, including ways to conduct business online and manage the technical issues associated with constructing an e-commerce Web site.
  • E-commerce technology and security, including e-commerce technologies at various levels of sophistication, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, and practices for securing your online transactions as well as your customers’ personal information.
  • E-commerce business, marketing and legal issues, including Web marketing strategies, online product promotion, and legal topics such as taxation and international shipping.

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  • CIW E-Commerce Specialist Exam Study Guide

The CIW E-Commerce Specialist course books come with an additional Exam Study Guide which prepares students for the CIW examinations. This guide include overviews and information on how to take the exams, a table of all exam domains, objectives and sub-objectives, summarised content sections on what you need to know for the exam and sample exam questions.

  • CIW E-Commerce Specialist Movies (Online Access - 1 Year License)

Official CIW interactive movie clips relevant to studying the CIW E-Commerce Specialist syllabus.

  • CIW E-Commerce Specialist Review Questions (Online Access - 1 Year License)

The Course Review Questions are provided online and consist of a variety of tests that cover each of the lessons in the course. The questions for each test are drawn from a larger pool of questions. The Course Review Questions consist of Lesson Reviews; Lesson Quizzes; Course Reviews and Course Tests.

  • CIW E-Commerce Specialist Online Exercises (Online Access - 1 Year License)

The Online Exercises test knowledge of the topics presented in the course and help you prepare for the certification exam. The Exercises are presented in a variety of formats including flash cards, matching exercises, true-false questions, crossword puzzles and fill-in-the-blank exercises.

  • CIW E-Commerce Specialist Practice Exams (Online Access - 1 Year License)

Web-based CIW Practice Exams provide a personalised study plan to help focus your study and determine skills mastery as you prepare to take a CIW certification exam. Practice Exams feature multiple study modes for adaptive learning, personalised study plans and progress reports, study questions, reference tools, and simulations of actual testing processes.

  • CIW E-Commerce Specialist Live Labs (Online Access - 30 Hours)

CIW Live Labs are available to give remote access to all of the software covered within the E-Commerce Specialist course.

The following software packages are covered within the Live Labs: Microsoft Windows Server, with the following components: Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS); Microsoft Windows Server; Microsoft Internet Explorer; Netscape 7.2 or later (optional); Mozilla Firefox (optional); ShopFactory; Microsoft SQL Server; Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2; Microsoft Visual Studio; Microsoft Commerce Server; Microsoft Commerce Server; Microsoft Commerce Server; Webserver Stress Tool; Webreporter; CyberSource; Almyta; Adobe Reader.

  • PSI Exam Voucher (Optional - £100.00)

PSI Testing is a remote video proctoring service and allows you to take CIW exams from the comfort of your own home or office. The system requires an active webcam and stable high speed Internet connection. A live proctor will visually monitor the student and the exam during the entire testing session.

Please Note: Extensions for the online content can be purchased if you need to extend your studies. We will email students prior to their access expiring to see if they require a one-year extension.


We recommend a good knowledge of IT, computers and Internet/Email use. The course does not have any pre-requisites although we do recommend completing the CIW Foundations Associate Course, CIW Site Development Foundations Course or an equivalent beginners HTML and CSS course to learn the basics of Web site authoring and development.

Apple Mac Users: We recommend this course is completed on a PC with the Windows Operating System. The course can be run on an Apple Macs using software such as Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop 7, VMware fusion or CrossOver Mac although we cannot support any issues that may occur with PC-Based software running on a Mac.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time. The course is designed as a self-study course but you do have full support from our own support team and CIW. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer, and we do not impose a cut-off date for study.

CIW Examinations:

CIW E-Commerce Specialist CourseOn Completion of this curriculum, you can apply for the internationally recognised CIW E-Commerce Specialist 1D0-525 Examination. CIW exams can be sat at registered Pearson VUE testing centres or via the PSI Remote testing system. The exams consists of 72 multiple choice/multiple answer questions over 75 minutes and the passing score is 68%.

You can locate Pearson Vue testing centres and schedule examinations on the Pearson Vue Website. Pearson Vue currently charge £90.00 + VAT for CIW exams.

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