The CIW Web Design Specialist Course is suitable for students who want to gain the necessary skills to specialise in Web design and already have an existing knowledge of basic HTML Programming. This syllabus builds upon the web authoring skills taught in the CIW Web Foundations Associate and covers the essentials and best practices of web design, including design theory, web tools and technologies.

CIW Web Design SpecialistThe CIW Web Design Specialist course prepares candidates to take the CIW ID0-520 exam. Students who pass the CIW Web Design Specialist and the CIW E-Commerce 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 Course or the CIW Site Development Foundations Course.

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.

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The CIW Web Design Specialist Course includes the following items:

  • Access to your official CIW Web Design Specialist 1D0-520 syllabus online course material through our online portal. The CIW online course material gives students access to digital versions of their course book and includes: Pre-Assessment, Course Mastery, Movies, Exercises, Hands-on-Labs, Supplemental Materials and Practice Exams. (1 Year Online License).
  • Hard copy of the official CIW course book covering the full CIW Web Design Specialist 1D0-520 syllabus. (Delivered within 7-10 working days).

Target Audience:

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

The CIW Web Design Specialist Course includes the following items:

  • CIW Web Design Specialist Course Books (Online Access - 1 Year License & Hard Copy)

The Web Design Specialist course teaches you how to design and publish Web sites. General topics include Web Site Development Essentials, Web Design Elements, Basic Web Technologies and Advanced Web Technologies. You will also work with popular production tools such as Microsoft Expression Web, and Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash.

Skills Taught:

  • Web site development essentials, including the site development process, customer expectations, and ethical and legal issues in Web development.
  • Web design elements, including aesthetics, the site user's experience, navigation, usability and accessibility.
  • Basic Web technologies, including Hypertext Markup Language [HTML], Extensible HTML [XHTML] and extended technologies, image files, GUI site development applications, and site publishing and maintenance.
  • Advanced Web technologies, including multimedia and plug-in technologies, client-side and server-side technologies, and Web databases.
  • Popular production tools, including Microsoft Expression Web, and Adobe Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash.
  • Design and development technologies, including Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Extensible Markup Language (XML), JavaScript, Java applets and Dynamic HTML.
  • Current issues in Web design, including the extensibility of design tools, compatibility of these tools, open-source applications and the functionality of current Web browsers.

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  • CIW Web Design Specialist Exam Study Guide (Online Access - 1 Year License)

The CIW Web Design Specialist course books come with an additional Exam Study Guide which prepares you for the CIW 1D0-520 Web Design Specialist exam. 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 Web Design Specialist Pre-Assessment (Online Access - 1 Year License)

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.

  • CIW Web Design Specialist Course Mastery (Online Access - 1 Year License)

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 Web Design Specialist Online Exercises (Online Access - 1 Year License)

The Online Exercises test knowledge of the topics presented in the course books and help students 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 Web Design Specialist Practice Exams (Online Access - 1 Year License)

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

  • CIW Web Design Specialist Movies (Online Access - 1 Year License)

Over 7 hours of official CIW interactive movie clips relevant to studying the CIW Web Design Specialist syllabus.

  • CIW Web Design Specialist Live Labs (Online Access - 30 Hours)

CIW Live Labs are available to give remote access to all of the software covered within the CIW Web Design Specialist course. The following software packages are covered within the Live Labs: Microsoft Windows; Microsoft Internet Explorer; Mozilla Firefox; Microsoft Expression Web; Adobe Dreamweaver; Adobe Fireworks; Adobe Flash Professional; Apple QuickTime; and Adobe Flash Player.

  • 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.


Students should have knowledge of HTML or XHTML Programming. The course does not have any prerequisites although we do recommend completing the CIW Foundations Associate Course or an equivalent beginners HTML and CSS course to learn the basics of Web site authoring and development.

Course Duration & Support:

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 Web Design SpecialistOn Completion of this curriculum, you can apply for the internationally recognised CIW Web Design Specialist 1D0-520 Examination.

CIW exams are completed via the PSI Remote testing system. The exams consists of 70 multiple choice/multiple answer questions over 75 minutes and the passing score is 70%.

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