The state’s new Web Development Certification Program aims to create a more “web-friendly” environment for software developers.

The goal is to streamline the process, make it easier for those who are new to software development and make it a more attractive option to potential employers, said Kristine Phelan, associate director of Idaho’s Economic Development Department.

“It will be more appealing to companies that are looking for a software developer than those that are just looking to hire a developer,” she said.

For many employers, hiring a web developer will mean more flexibility and more job security than a web designer, said Phelant.

“There is an economic benefit in that there will be fewer headaches for the companies.”

The Idaho Web Development Association has been active in the area for years, and is currently looking to expand its membership and the organization’s website.

The group has about 400 members and hopes to have more than 1,000 members by next year.

Phelans main recommendation for new applicants is that they have at least a bachelor’s degree in web development or a related field.

Those looking to work in software development can look at the web-development certification program, which is free and open to all Idahoans.