Our Web Developer certificate program equips you with the creative and technical skills to design and build user-friendly websites and web services.

Whether you hope to create corporate websites, launch your own consulting venture or develop the next internet sensation, this program offers you the skills to excel in any of these paths.

As a student, you’ll:

  • gain expertise in website design and creation, from the basics to advanced techniques 
  • learn how to design and construct websites that are not only visually appealing but also easy for users to navigate
  • delve into social media integration, multimedia elements, e-commerce integration, web analytics, design tools and techniques
  • explore the world of consulting services, rounding out your skill set. 
This intensive program requires a significant commitment of time and energy. You’ll need to make your education a priority throughout. 

As a graduate, you’ll be equipped to take on roles in web development, from crafting user-friendly websites for clients to realizing your entrepreneurial vision.

Join us and embark on your journey to becoming a proficient web developer and digital innovator. Get ready to contribute to creating and improving tools that drive the online universe. 

Web developers are innovative, methodical and directive. 

You need:

  • logical thinking to analyze complex problems and create and verify solutions
  • patience and persistence when developing applications
  • attention to detail to avoid errors that cost time and money
  • the ability to interpret user needs
  • knowledge of user experience (UX) techniques
  • speaking, listening and writing skills
  • interpersonal and teamwork skills.
To do well in this field, you should enjoy learning new computer languages and programming styles, creative problem-solving, being precise and taking a structured approach to your work.

Due to the tight integration of the courses in this program, credit for prior learning is not available.

There may be opportunities to further your education once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options.

You will participate in an off-site practicum at a participating corporation or business, giving you a realistic taste of what it is like to work in the technology industry and the opportunity to make connections with potential future employers. 

Upon successfully completing this program, you’ll be awarded a SAIT Web Developer certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

people icon 90% graduate employment rate

Find out more about our graduate employment statistics >

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 21230, 21232, 21233, 21234.


Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

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The Web Developer certificate requires 15 credits (eight courses) to complete.

The program spans 23 weeks, with your practicum placement occurring in the second semester.

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Course Credits

This course will introduce industry standard content management systems used to create websites by using and customizing themes and templates. Advanced concepts will investigate large customized local and remote content management systems.


This course introduces standard web, image, and photo editing programs, as well as drawing tools used in website creation. Topics such as image correction, optimization of files, image resolution, and special effects will be covered.


This course includes best practices in web design theory including usability, accessibility, and web site creation. Students will use the most recent version of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and cascading style sheets to develop consistent web pages that are easy to standardize and modify.


This course provides an introduction to Web Application development concepts for client facing and server-side programming to build database applications accessed through browser clients. Learners will enhance websites to provide support for RESTful API endpoints.


This course will include the skills required for career management including resume and cover letter writing, job search strategies and interviewing skills. Contracting and consulting also provide many opportunities in web development, so the essential skills required to successfully contract or consult will also be addressed, including relationship management, setting fee structures and developing a product mix.


This course provides the knowledge and skills required to deploy a website. Concepts such as domain registration, internet marketing, content management, search engine optimization, and web hosting will be included. E-commerce strategies will also be discussed including setting up payment options and shopping cards, while using appropriate levels of security.


This course will introduce the best practices in web design theory including web usability and standardization. The course will also address types of social media sites, integrating social media into the website, and appropriate usage of social media.


This is a practicum conducted off campus at a participating corporation or business. It provides learners with a realistic taste of what it is like to work in the technology industry. Learners are involved in all steps of the practicum process.



Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent OR
  • a minimum of two years of post-secondary education from a recognized university, institute, or college.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.


Academic Upgrading

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024


2024/25 tuition and fees

The following estimated costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 1.5 $9,030
$1,211 $10,241
Total cost:

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $15,465 $1,211 $16,676
Total cost:

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This program uses e-books for learning, which will be provided to you.

This program requires custom computer hardware and software. All computers must meet the following minimum specifications:

Mac specifications

  • Processor: i7
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Video card: AMD Radeon Pro
  • Screen size: 15"
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • OS version: Mac OS Catalina or newer
  • Approximate price (CAD): $2,750
  • Suggested model: 16" Macbook Pro case model

PC specifications

  • Processor: i7
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Video card: Nvidia Quadro T1000
  • Screen size: 15"
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • OS version: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Other software: Antivirus/Malware protection
  • Approximate price (CAD): $3,000
  • Suggested model: Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 3

2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective until June 30, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $8,865 $1,570 $10,435
Total cost:

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $14,061.90 $1,570 $15,631.90
Total cost:

Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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Application process

Ready to apply?

Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sadt.advising@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.


Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

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