The position and responsibilities for today’s web manager has transformed from serving as a technical resource to becoming a professional digital communications manager. Managing a government’s web service delivery has become more complex as expectations increase and many new—and more sophisticated—users, whether residents or other departments, are utilizing your organization’s web services.
As a web professional you face many challenges:
- Keeping abreast of compliance rules
- Staying on top of the latest technology platforms
- Meeting the needs of internal customers
- Responding to the public’s demand for more services
In light of all these challenges, there is a growing demand for practical and leadership-oriented professional development certification aimed at recognizing the web professional in this fast-evolving field: Delivering digital services through new methods and platforms. Having a certification program designed specifically to fit the needs of today’s busy web and digital services professional is highly desirable to demonstrate your competencies and skills required in today’s competitive environment.
Recognizing this need, the National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW) has partnered with the Public Technology Institute (PTI) and the Rutgers University Center for Government Services to offer a nine-month certificate program: The Certified Government Digital Services Professional (CGDSP). This program is about leadership in the field of digital services delivery. It is not designed to be a technical certification. Enroll Now >>
The structure of this program is designed with the busy schedule of the working professional in mind. The program is 9 months in length, with one mandatory full-day class (September 19, 2017 at the beginning of the NAGW Annual Conference in San Diego, California); a mix of virtual class discussions and self-paced online coursework; and delivery of a Capstone paper describing a program or practice that you have implemented, or an organization or web/digital services issue that you have had to resolve.
The Certification program shall be divided into 10 modules and all course-work will be graded on a pass/fail basis. These modules will be covered beginning with the September 19 live class at the NAGW Annual Conference. After that, modules will be covered with light reading/homework assignments, followed by a combination of recorded presentations and 90-minute virtual/online discussions to be held every 3 weeks.
Citizen participation (video, recorded meetings, live meeting participation, etc.)
Digital Service Delivery
Metrics and Big Data
Reporting Systems, Techniques
Management, leadership, and governance, policies and procedures
Compliance and Contract management (CJIS, PCI, HIPAA, FOIA, e-Discovery, etc.
Security and Crisis Management
As an added feature, students of the program will have access to a series of two online courses (self-paced) provided through SkillPort, a web-based, e-learning portal that allows you to access a range of training resources at work or at home. The topics to be covered are:
- Project Management
- Emotional Intelligence
An applicant applying to the CGDSP Program should possess the following:
- Be employed in the public sector for at least three years.
- Have a track record of administrative or managerial experience in basic web design and communications management.
- Have exposure to social media and app applications.
- Have at least a 2-year college degree or equivalent.
The above requirements are necessary to help ensure a robust and meaningful class. Applicants can still apply if they do not meet or exceed the above requirements by requesting a waiver. (With regards to a college degree: PTI's experience has been that a student's overall experience surpasses formal learning.)
- NAGW and PTI Member Officials: $2,500
- Non-members: $3,000
Tuition is to be paid in full prior to the start of the program. The deadline for enrolling is August 31, 2017.
Students who fulfill all course and program requirements will receive a certificate worthy of framing and a graduation ceremony shall take place during the 2018 NAGW Annual Conference.
Certification is granted for a period of three years from the date of graduation. Graduates are expected to be re-certified every three years through a series of activities, including, but not limited to participating in NAGW and PTI education events – such as attending web seminars and webinars, the NAGW annual conference, participating in state- or local-based digital service events, writing articles, mentoring staff, etc.
Upon graduation, all students will be required to sign a non-binding Digital Ethics Policy.