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Overview of IAAP Certification

The IAAP certification program aims to better define what accessibility professionals are expected to know and increase the quality and consistency of the work performed by accessibility professionals. This will not only help individuals to add to their professional qualifications, but it will also help employers of accessibility professionals to assess accessibility competence.

The IAAP will offer two types of certification: a professional level credential, and technical level credential. Current exam offerings include:

  • The IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) credential is IAAP's foundational certification, representing broad, cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge about 1) disabilities, 2) accessibility and universal design, and 3) accessibility-related standards, laws, and management strategies.  Apply to take a certification exam (CPACC).

  • The IAAP Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) credential is a technical level exam representing an individual’s detailed technical knowledge about the WCAG guidelines and other related web accessibility topics.  Apply to take a certification exam (WAS).

  • Any individual who passes both the CPACC and the WAS exams will receive the designation of Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA).

More about goals, scope and structure of certification.

Become a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) And Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS)

2017 Exam Window Dates

M-Enabling Summit 2017, Washington, DC area:  June 12 at 8:30 am  (Applications are now being accepted and will be accepted through May 26th dependent upon space availability.)  Apply to take a certification exam.
Summer: June 26 - July 21  (Not currently open for applications.)
Fall: September 11 - October 13  (Not currently open for applications.)


Learn more about Certifications

Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC)

Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS)


How to take the CPACC and WAS exams: 

1. Applications are now being accepted for the June 12, 2017 8:30 am exam date.  Go to apply to take a certification exam for more details. The exam will be available in the Washington, DC area at the M-Enabling Summit.  (Registration for the exam is separate from the conference registration.  Exam candidates do not need to be registered for the conference to take the exam.)

Details on the WAS content outline is now available.  WAS Body of Knowledge and the updated CPACC Body of Knowledge are now available.

Updated CPACC Body of Knowledge

WAS Body of Knowledge

2. Applications will be accepted for other exam windows at a later date to be published soon.

3. Effective with the Summer 2017 exam window on June 26 - July 21, applicants will have the following options to take the CPACC or WAS exam:

  • Hosted locations (Locations will be announced for the Summer 2017 Exam Window soon.)
  • Privately proctored in-person exams for applicants requesting an accommodation or use of assistive technology
  • Additional information on selected locations* and individual private proctoring for those using assistive technology and requesting accommodations are available on our Apply to Take a Certification Exam page. *Privately hosted exams are sponsored by individual institutions. Some locations are open to the public, while others are open to employees of that institution only.
  • Take the exam at a Kryterion test center for those who will not be using assistive technology or requesting an accommodation. The Kryterion Test Centers will be available for the Summer 2017 Exam Window.  You can view a list of Kryterion testing center locations here: http://www.kryteriononline.com/Locate-Test-Center. Then submit your application once applications are being accepted for that Exam Window.  Applications can be found at Apply to Take a Certification Exam. Please allow at least 5 business days' notice prior to your requested exam date.

4. For details on how to submit an application and to register for an exam, visit Apply to Take a Certification Exam.


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IAAP is a member of ICE (Institute for Credentialing Excellence) 

The Institute for Credentialing Excellence, or ICE, is a professional membership association that provides education, networking, and other resources for organizations and individuals who work in and serve the credentialing industry.  ICE is a leading developer of standards for both certification and certificate programs and it is both a provider of and a clearing house for information on trends in certification, test development and delivery, assessment-based certificate programs, and other information relevant to the credentialing community.

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