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HTML5 Specialist Designation

Earn a professional credential while learning HTML5.

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Finally you know...

This is Where You Start Your Development Career

HTML5 is the scaffolding that lies beneath almost every contemporary application.

There was a time when only web designers needed to know HTML5 well. However, it's now a universal skill that every developer needs. Strong HTML5 provides a strong foundation for apps. It also allows you to correctly develop content that appears on web sites, in mobile apps and even digital signage.

How do you learn to create strong HTML5 code that can be easily maintained?

That's what we're here to talk about...

FACT: HTML5 is the First Language You Need to Know

(...and an important part of web and mobile developers' daily work)

We get the question all the time: I want to become a developer, but I don't know where to start.

We don't have to sell you on the idea of becoming a developer. If you're you here, you already know it's one of the most lucrative (and fastest growing) career tracks out there. It's HTML5 that allows you to get your foot in the door. HTML5 developers:

  • Create the scaffolding for content display for web sites, mobile sites and many mobile applications.
  • Mark up web content so it can be distributed across multiple platforms
  • Work in large scale digital publishing to create flexible content
  • Combine HTML5 skills with other digital skill sets to become web and mobile developers

In other other words, HTML5 development skills are critical to all developers. HTML5 is the foundation to almost any development process.

That's why business, design studios, development shops and other organizations need HTML5 developers.

But there's a problem. Most people who learned HTML, learned it in school 12 years ago and have no idea that they're doing.

That's how you separate yourself from the pack.

As a Certified HTML5 Specialist, you are qualified to build, maintain and edit HTML5 documents. You'll be able to help development teams build strong foundations, manage digital content or use HTML5 as a foundation for a strong developer skill set.

In this certification program you will learn:

  • How to create a proper HTML5 scaffolding for the type of application that you’re creating. How should HTML5 differ for web and mobile applications?
  • How to correctly markup text so that it is sized properly across the variety of screen sizes and densities used by consumers
  • How to properly integrate code written in CSS and PHP as external or internal code listings.
  • How to select the most efficient tools and environments for HTML5 authoring and testing.
  • Understand how to upload content to a web server for public consumption. You’ll also cover how to set up a test server environment locally.
  • How to create internal and external links within HTML5 documents.
  • Creating Meta Tags that are properly designed for optimal display on Google and other search engines.
  • Strategically use HTML5 comments to document your code.
  • A unique strategy to use HTML5 comments to debug code and quickly find errors.
  • How to create list based content using ordered lists, unordered lists and custom list bullets for custom branding
  • How to display images and how to properly optimize images for display on web and mobile devices.
  • An infrequently used strategy to boost your Search Engine Optimization value using images
  • How to create beautiful information tables that are easy to both create and read
  • How to use the hexadecimal color system and apply hexadecimal colors to elements in your HTML5
  • How to create usable, functional forms to gather data from your users
  • How to secure your forms to avoid security issues with your forms
  • How to integrate multimedia elements such as audio, video and animations into your HTML5 content.
  • A unique technique for laying out our page that will make complex designs easy to markup and manage
  • How to embed iFrame content from outside sources and make it fit seamlessly into your HTML5 page
  • A great strategy for correctly converting Photoshop documents to HTML5
  • The best HTML5 frameworks to save you time and provide an entry point for new projects

In summary, certified HTML5 specialists are experts who are able to correctly construct rich digital documents that can appear anywhere on the web, mobile or as part of a larger application. They are able to understand how HTML5 fits into the larger context of web and mobile development and work in serious development environments.

So, if you're interested in starting on the path to professional development:

What's Stopping You?

(and.. Exactly Why You Might Want to Get Certified)

Honestly, anyone can claim they know HTML5. So how do you separate the talkers from those who are true experts?

Technical skill verification is a huge problem...

We had the same issue here at LearnToProgram. Even though we primarily teach development, we also use development skills everyday on our own digital, online content and apps.

We're teachers first, but we're also developers.

We hire people with HTML5 and other web and mobile development skills to be part of our team... which is why we know it's tough to find truly skilled people who know what they say they know.

That's why we created not just another HTML5 course, but the HTML5 Specialist Designation.

We built this program so that you can provide verification of your expertise. Anyone can claim to know HTML5, but as a designated HTML5 expert, you can prove it.


How Does the Program Work?

First: Complete the Course
Each of the certification courses includes 5 to 10 hours of video training. Each course also includes lab exercises to help you retain the information in the video lectures. The courses also contain study guides, practice questions and activities-- all with one goal: To help you learn new coding skills.

Courses are designed to be completed in a few days, if significant time is invested. However, you may spread the work out for as long as you'd like. There are no calendars or limits on individual courses. Simply work with the course until you're confident.

HTML5 Specialist Certification

Next: Pass the Exam
When you complete the course, you'll be eligible to sit for the exam. The exams include fifty multiple choice questions with a minimum passing score of 80%. The exams aren't designed to be difficult, but, to verify that you retained the information in the course. You have up to an hour to complete the exam. However, most people complete the exams much more quickly. If you don't pass the exam the first time you take it, you may sit for the exam again.

When you pass the exam, and complete the class you have earned your certification or designation. Congratulations!

Receive Your Certificate and Badge
Now that you're certified, you'll receive your printable, full color digital certificate. Your certificate will include a link to a digital transcript page which will serve as verification of your achievement. You can place the badge on your personal web site, portfolio or resume. You also can automatically place the badge on your Linked In page.

Many individuals who receive these certifications place them in their email signature and other highly visible digital real estate to set them apart from other developers.


Who should get certified?

Graphic and Digital Designers

Startup Employees

Marketing Designers

Content Specialists

Agency Personnel

Students who want to be more Employable

...Anyone else who wants this critical skill set and proof of expertise

Why Should You Be Certified?

If you’re interested in starting a career in development, then the HTML5 specialist is an excellent starting point. Almost every digital development project involves some level of HTML5 and experts are in demand. If you’re a business owner, this designation is a great way to learn what you need to know to manage your own web site. It’s also a great way to train the members of your team who work with your web site to insure that they’re using the latest and best practices. If you’re an agency or freelancer, the HTML5 Specialist designation is a great way to validate your skills— and even justify a rate increase. If you’re a student, the HTML5 specialist designation separates you from other graduates and verifies that you possess specialized technical skills that all employers are seeking.

The HTML5 Specialist designation is tangible proof of your mastery of the critical HTML5 skillset and will drive up your value no matter which environment you work in.



Course Agenda

Module 1: First Steps in HTML5
1.1 Welcome to the Course
1.2 About the Specialist Designation
1.3 About the Instructor
1.4 Quick Start: Making Your First HTML5 Page
1.5 Obtaining the Tools of the Trade
1.6 Learning Basic Document Structure
1.7 Anatomy of a Tag
1.8 Wrap Up Chapter 1

Module 2: Everything You Wanted to Know about Formatted Text
2.1 Welcome to Chapter 2
2.2 Paragraph Tags
2.3 Break Tags
2.4 Preformatted Text
2.5 HTML5 Heading Tags
2.6 Lists
2.7 Quotations & Citations
2.8 Formatting: Bold, Italics and More
2.9 Computer Code
2.10 HTML5 Containers

Module 3: Hyperlinks
3.1 Welcome to Chapter 3
3.2 Creating an Internal Link
3.3 Linking to the Outside World
3.4 The Target Attribute
3.5 Anchors to Navigate Long Pages

Module 4: Digital Media
4.1 Welcome to Chapter 4
4.2 Inserting Images
4.3 Inserting Image Links
4.4 Understanding Image Formats and Size
4.5 Sizing Images Responsively
4.6 Playing and Controlling Audio
4.7 Playing and Controlling Video

Module 5: Displaying Data in Tables and Frames
5.1 Welcome to Chapter 5
5.2 Defining a Table
5.3 Determining the Border of a Table
5.4 Determining Table and Cell Width
5.5 Defining Table Headers
5.6 Spanning Multiple Rows and Columns
5.7 Inserting iFrame Content
5.8 Adding a Table Caption

Module 6: Interacting with the User via Forms
6.1 Welcome to Chapter 6
6.2 Defining the Form
6.3 Text Input
6.4 Limiting Text Input
6.5 Multiple Choice
6.6 Form Submission
6.7 Generic Buttons
6.8 Date Inputs
6.9 Numerical Input
6.10 Organizing a Form with Fieldsets

Module 7: Professional HTML5 Practice
7.1 Welcome to Chapter 7
7.2 Commenting Your Code
7.3 Inserting External Javascript Code
7.4 Meta Tags
7.5 Search Engine Readiness
7.6 It's a Colorful World
7.7 Identifying HTML5 API's
7.8 Drawing on Canvas

Module 8: Styling with CSS
8.1 Welcome to Chapter 8
8.2 Where to Style
8.3 CSS Selectors
8.4 Fundamental Typography with CSS
8.5 Understanding the CSS Box Model
8.6 Floating Your Layout

Module 9: Responsive Design Fundamentals
9.1 Welcome to Chapter 9
9.2 Demonstrating Responsive Design
9.3 Using a Responsive Stylesheet
9.4 Responsive Headers
9.6 Creating Your Own Media Queries


Your Instructor


Mark Lassoff
Mark Lassoff

Mark Lassoff is the founder of and lead instructor at LearnToProgram.tv. Mark has always considered himself a teacher first and a technologist second. With over 20 years experience teaching computer science Mark knows how to make complex technical concepts understandably. Mark's previous experience encompasses everything from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Mark is the author of six programming books and dozens of online courses. He lives in Connecticut where he's redecorating his condo. Want to help?


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Frequently Asked Questions


Is this Certificate Recognized?
The HTML5 Specialist designation is backed by LearnToProgram Media. Over 800,000 people have learned to code with LearnToProgram. It is one of the most recognized brands in training beginners to become professional programmers. The certificate itself will have a license number and private URL which contains a digital copy of your certificate and validation of the credential you've earned.
How Valuable is this Designation?
The HTML5 Specialist Designation is extremely valuable if you want to set yourself apart from the crowd. Instead of just being someone else who "knows", you're a recognized expert with the credentials to prove it.
What if I don't pass the exam? Can I retake it?
You may retake the exam two times. If you don't pass on your third attempt, you must retake the course before you take the exam again. (Retaking the course is free). The exam isn't designed to trip you up. It will simply allow you to prove that you know HTML5!
How Long Does It Take to Finish the Course and Become Certified?
The class has several hours of video lectures and eight lab exercises. How fast you finish the material is up to you. Most people dedicating an hour or two a day to the course, can finish in a week or two. If you take longer, no problem! You have lifetime access to the course.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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