Web Developer Accreditations

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I’ve been thinking these last couple of years that we need some sort of government accreditation within our industry. An ISO/BSI accredited certification would give clients more confidence when choosing a suitable web development company.

Kevin Leitch mentioned it a while back and John Oxton has recently brought up the subject again while mulling over the PAS 78 Guide to Good Practice in Commissioning Accessible Websites.

Having read this guide now it gives me extra confidence when I battle against trying to make websites as accessible as possible without compromising the design. But having a particular accreditation would really help to show this to potential clients who aren’t aware of these guidelines.

Is there anything on the horizon so we can all be properly accessed to exterminate the amateurs accredit those who care?

2 thoughts on “Web Developer Accreditations

  1. This is a really good idea.

    I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve offered my services to friends and family to discover they have already been ripped off by some amateur company/freelancer who couldn’t tell you why table-based design is bad.

    If there was such a certification available, it would certainly clean up the industry and distinguish the professionals from the wannabes and, in the end, make the industry much more respected.

    Who do we talk to about this though? Maybe it could be (yet another) Multipack campaign for the (near) future…?

  2. Hi Si, this could definately be a campaign within Mulitpack, the more noise we can make the better.

    I think the main problem within our industry though is that there aren’t any clear ‘rules’ just guidelines and I’m not sure that would be a good idea to change…

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