I am in this "build your website the right way" for one reasons only, to get my certification in web designing. I am willing to spend the time need to learn everything there is to learn about web designing. Does SitePoint offer certifications?
There are no universally recognized certifications for web design or development. It's a fairly unregulated industry.
Experience and a portfolio are the only things you can really present to potential clients or employers.
What areas of web development/design are you interested in? HTML/CSS, graphics, content management systems, back-end development, databases, multimedia, or something else?