School of Distance Education

Commercial Web Application Development Certificate

With our Commercial Web Application Development Certificate, acquire the knowledge and skills you need to build web applications that can be easily deployed. Consider the difference between desktop programming and web programming. Learn to use .NET assemblies, the C# (C-sharp) programming language and the integrated development environment of Visual Studio. Focus on data validation, and learn to configure custom errors pages that provide the user with meaningful information when exceptions occur. Develop the ability to manage session state and postback events and to use web services to capture and retrieve data from .NET and SQL databases. Although this certificate has been designed for those entering the web programming field, it would also be valuable for graphic designers wishing to broaden their web design skills.

See the Certificate Fact Sheet for more details about program costs and refund policies.

Completion Details

We would advise you to complete the compulsory courses in the order shown below. However, the order in which you complete the course requirements is only restricted by course prerequisites.


Our Foundations of Application Development course is suitable for beginning programmers and graphic designers who wish to move into web development. Acquire an understanding of HTML coding and learn to install and configure the Visual Web Developer development environment. Explore programming structures and web controls. Learn the important process of ensuring that proper data validation is done within a web application. The C# programming language is used throughout this course, but the concepts taught in this course can be applied to any programming language. 


This is an online course, and registration is offered through continuous intake (meaning registration is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year). Register in the section (CRN) with the Date(s) range that includes the date on which you plan to start the course (keeping in mind that you will receive your course details approximately a week after you register). You have 120 calendar days from the day you receive the course details to complete the course. Please ensure you are familiar with the basic technology requirements for online courses. You will also be required to provide your own Visual Web Developer software (which can be downloaded free from the Internet).


You must have intermediate Microsoft Windows skills (meaning you know how to start an application, open and close a document and copy data from one location to another).


Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4861

*Some courses require you to purchase a textbook. The cost of the textbook is not included in the course fee unless otherwise indicated. If there is a textbook assigned for this course, it will be listed on the bookstore website.