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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)

2017 Exam Window Dates

  • Fall: September 11 - October 31  (Application window is now open!)

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 available for the Fall Exam Window:

  • Fall Exam Window:  September 11 - October 31, 2017.  

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. Exam locations:

  • Privately proctored exams - for individuals who use AT or require an accommodation. Deadline to apply is October 20, 2017.

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 is 5 days prior to date of exam.
Fall Exam Window Testing Sites:
My Blind Spot, New York
Friday, 9/15 at 10 am
Friday, 9/22 at 10 am
Friday, 9/29 at 10 am
Friday, 10/6 at 10 am
AMAC, Atlanta
Wednesday, 9/13 at 10 am
Wednesday, 9/20 at 10 am
Wednesday, 9/27 at 10 am
Wednesday, 10/4 at 10 am
Wednesday, 10/18 at 1:30 pm
Tuesday, 10/26 12 pm - 4 pm
Deque, Herndon, VA
Thursday, 10/5 - Study Prep Session
Friday, 10/6 at 10 am
Atos, London
Friday, 10/6 at 10 am
  • 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 October 20, 2017.
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 Fall 2017 Exam Window.  You can view a list of Kryterion testing center locations here: http://www.kryteriononline.com/Locate-Test-Center.

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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