If there is one innovation that has forever changed the way we communicate, do business and entertain ourselves, it’s the internet. Slowly yet steadily, the internet is forming a virtual world around us that seems to be quickly overpowering the physical world we live in.
The web identity you create, whether in the form of an e-mail, website or social media page, will be your property in the virtual world. Look at it this way: Ten years ago the very thought of buying shoes or clothes online sounded foolish, today the thought of running into a physical brick-and-mortar store to buy shoes raises the same kind of emotion. We have accepted the transition to an online environment and are learning to live seamlessly online.
Any business serious about its survival needs to be on the web. As demand for a strong web-presence climbs, so too does the demand for skilled web developers. Additionally, the complexities of websites have increased as well, creating even more demand for web developers. Dynamic sites with high-end graphics, e-commerce portals, easy to manage CMS, community building features, and mobile applications are the order of the day.
According to a survey done by Arena Multimedia, the web development industry will cross the 45,470 crores ($7 billion U.S.) mark by 2017. Another survey done by Computer World ranks web development among the top ten IT skills in India, authenticating the claim with the fact that more than 29 percent of tech hiring in the country happens for web developers.
As businesses look for more dynamic, fast and performance based portals, the demand for web developers in India will only improve over time. Below are some of the most in-demand certifications for web developers in India.
Basic Entry Level Certifications:
Certificate in Graphics, Web Design and 2D Animation (DGWA) from Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC)
MAAC is a reputable institute in India that offers a variety of certs for students. Their one year DGWA program is the perfect entry point for freshers breaking into the web development. Important web development concepts covered by DGWA include:
- Fundamentals of design
- Concepts of graphic and illustration
- Concepts of web design
- Web page designing
- Interactive presentation
- Basics of 2D animation
- Digital 2D animation and much more
The course is divided into two semesters, with exams taking place at the end of each semester. After successful completion of the course, participants receive their DGWA certification.
Certificate in Graphics, Web Design and Development (GWDD) from Arena Multimedia
This cert is highly popular among employers. This one-year program can be done by both graduates and undergraduates, and focuses primarily on web development. Some of the topics covered in this program include:
- Graphics and illustration fundamentals
- Essentials of web designing
- Layout design
- Web animation
- Designing for web using mark-up language and style sheets
- Developing interactive web pages
- Search engine optimization
- Web analytics
The GWDD course is also divided into two semesters, with exams taking place at the end of each semester. Successful completion of this course earns you a solid certification, and possibly a good job in a reputed company.
Certifications for Experienced Professionals:
Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications from Microsoft (Exam 70-486)
If you have several years of experience designing ASP.NET web applications then this cert can help catapult you into the big league. You’ll need 3 to 5 years of experience in ASP.NET web applications allows to sit for this exam. The exam contains 50 questions that have to be answered in 50 minutes. The exam fee is ₹ 4500 ($71 U.S.).
Exam questions are in multiple-choice and drag-and-drop answer formats. The following topics and percentage of such questions are typically:
- Design the application architecture (15-20 percent)
- Develop the user experience (15-20 percent)
- Design the user experience (20-25 percent)
- Troubleshoot and debug web applications (20-25 percent)
- Design and implement security (20-25 percent)
VSkills Certified Python Professional – A Government of India Initiative
Python is one of those languages high in demand; employers are always looking for new talent to plug existing skills gaps. This cert covers various topics like installation, syntax, usage, semantics of Python and much more. If you want to carve a career in Python, this cert is a must.
VSkills is for both graduates and professionals. It’s more valued, however, if you have worked as an IT professional in the field for a minimum period of one year. The exam contains 50 questions that you must complete in 60 minutes or less. Exam fees are ₹ 3155 ($50 U.S.) plus any applicable service taxes.
Exam questions are in a multiple-choice format and cover the following topics:
- Language Basics
- Operators and Expressions
- Data Structures
- Object Oriented Programming and much more
Exam questions include multiple-choice, simulations, reorder, and build a tree format, the typical percentage of such questions are:
- Implement and manipulate document structures (24 percent)
- Program flow (25 percent)
- Access and secure data (26 percent)
- Use of CSS3 (25 percent)
The field of web designing is not only hot in India, but also in many other countries like Italy, Canada and Mexico. If you’re looking for a lucrative career opportunity abroad, then a certification in Web Development can be your ticket. Just make sure you choose the right certification that can give your career the required push.
Before choosing any certification, you should thoughtfully answer these three questions:
- Will this certification help me get a promotion or good growth in terms of salary?
- Will this certification remain valuable in the coming years?
- Does it improve my skill set and confidence?
If the answer to all of the above is a big yes, then go for the corresponding certification without thinking twice!