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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. Certification exams are open to both members of IAAP and non-members. 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).
Become a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) And Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS)
Upcoming Exam Application Deadlines and Testing Dates
- Spring: Application window is CLOSED | Exams can be taken: March 19 - April 27, 2018
- Application deadline for this exam window closes on end of day 5:00 pm Eastern on 4/16
- Summer: Applications and payments accepted starting May 7 | Exams can be taken: June 11 - July 20, 2018
- Exams available at M-Enabling Summit on Wednesday, June 13th.
- Fall: Applications and payments accepted starting August 13 | Exams can be taken: September 10 - October 19, 2018
- Winter: Applications and payments accepted starting October 15 | Exams can be taken: November 5 - December 15, 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 for Spring is CLOSED
- Spring Exam applications and payments accepted starting February 7, 2018. Deadlines to apply and submit payment vary based on where you take your exam.
- Spring Exams can be taken: March 19 - April 27, 2018
- Applications must be received by 5:00 pm April 16th.
2. Exam locations:
- Privately proctored exams - Ideal for individuals who use AT or require an accommodation, but are open to all IAAP exam candidates. Proctors must not be a supervisor, direct report, caregiver, or family member. Proctors must be able to verify government-issued identification, communicate with IAAP Certification team, oversee the candidate for the duration of the exam, sign a confidentiality agreement, and will not be able to sit for the IAAP Exam they proctor for one year after proctoring. Exam candidates are responsible for providing their own proctor. For full details on proctoring, please contact the IAAP Certification Team. The application deadline for an individual private proctored exam is April 16, 2018.
- 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. Hosted exam sites are listed below. New sites may be added.
- San Diego, CA, USA
- Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 8:00 am - noon and 1:00 - 5:00 pm
- This one-day only exam date will be hosted at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, which is close to the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Venue. The address is 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA.
- Application deadline for this location is March 13.
- AMAC, Atlanta, GA, USA
- Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm
- Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm
- AbilityNet, London, UK
- Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 10:00 am GMT
- San Diego, CA, USA
- Kryterion test centers – for those who do not require the use of AT or an accommodation (1000 test locations in 120 countries). The application deadline is April 16, 2018.
- Take the exam at a Kryterion test center for those who will not be using assistive technology or requesting an accommodation. 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.
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.
What will make our profession strong is having you as a member. Regardless of your knowledge level in accessibility, we all play a role in growing this profession. Help guide us to being a great professional association serving our diverse needs.