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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 for an individual with at least an intermediate level of detailed technical knowledge about the WCAG guidelines and other related web accessibility topics. This exam is not intended for beginners or those without regular hands-on experience in writing, remediating, or identifying accessibility issues in code. 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)

Upcoming Exam Application Deadlines and Testing Dates

  • Winter:  Applications and payments accepted starting November 27, 2017.  Deadlines to apply and pay vary based on location of exam.  |  Exams can be taken: January 8 - February 2, 2018
  • Spring:  Applications and payments accepted February 12 - March 26, 2018  |  Exams can be taken:  March 19 - April 13, 2018
    • In addition to other locations, a special one-day exam location will be held in San Diego during CSUN conference week on Tuesday, March 20th.  
      • Exams will be offered in the morning at 8:00 am and in the afternoon at 1:00 pm in San Diego
      • Applications will be accepted starting February 12
  • Summer:  Applications and payments accepted May 7 - June 18, 2018  |  Exams can be taken:  June 11 - July 6, 2018
    • Exams available at M-Enabling Summit as well as other locations.
  • Fall:  Applications and payments accepted August 13 - September 24, 2018 |  Exams can be taken:  September 17 - October 12, 2018

Learn more about Certifications

Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC)

Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS)


How to take the CPACC and WAS exams: 

1. Application and payment window is now open.

  • Winter Exam applications and payments accepted starting November 27, 2017.  Deadline to apply and submit payment vary based on where you take your exam.
  • Winter Exams can be taken: January 8 - February 2, 2018

Prepare for the WAS Exam

Prepare for the  CPACC Exam

2. Exam locations:

  • Privately proctored exams - for individuals who use AT or require an accommodation. Deadline to apply and submit payment is five business days prior to your suggested exam date
    • 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.
  • Hosted exam sites – for those who do or do not use AT or require an accommodation.  Deadline to apply and submit payment is five business days prior to your suggested exam date
    • Winter Exam Hosted Testing Sites:
      • AbilityNet, London, UK
        • Tuesday, January 30th, 10 am GMT
      • AMAC Accessibility, Atlanta, GA, USA
        • Thursday, January 11th, 1 pm EST
        • Thursday, January 25th, 1 pm EST
      • Deque, Hyderabad, India
        • CPACC Exam - Saturday, January 20th, 10 am IST
        • WAS Exam - Saturday, January 20th, 1 pm IST
  • Kryterion test centers – for those who do not require the use of AT or an accommodation (1000 test locations in 120 countries).  Deadline to apply is January 22, 2018.

3. 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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