From Web Professional to Certified Government Digital Services Professional

    NAGW Navigator: Volume 1 • Issue 4 • Summer 2018

    by Barbara Belli

    Class sessions are complete. Homework assignments have been turned in and completed online. The final project – the Capstone – has been written, rewritten, proofread, and turned in. The virtual tassel on the graduation cap has been moved to the left for the inaugural class of the Certified Government Digital Services Professional (CGDSP) certification program.

    When NAGW sat down with Public Technology Institute in 2015 to talk about a certification program partnership, the possibility of career advancement in the government web profession was put into motion.

    We’re More Than a Webmaster

    Depending on which definition you look up, the position of webmaster has grown by leaps and bounds. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines it as:

    noun, often capitalized web·mas·ter ?web-?ma-st?r
    a person responsible for the creation or maintenance of a website especially for a company or organization

    We know from our experiences as web and IT professionals that our jobs encompass more than just managing our respective government websites. Managing social media, ensuring that our websites are ADA compliant, writing website usage policies…the list goes on. We do a lot more than meets the eye.