Continuing Accessibility Education FAQ

What are the Continuing Accessibility Education Credit (CAEC) requirements I need to maintain my IAAP Certification?

IAAP certification is valid for 3 years. Every three years, certificants will be required to:
  • Complete a specified number of hours of continuing accessibility education credits (dependent upon credential), which must be approved by IAAP
  • Submit an application for certification renewal
  • Pay the certification renewal fee at time of renewal. For IAAP members, the renewal fee is waived as part of your membership benefits as long as your membership has not lapsed during the three year period.
Individuals do not need to retake any of the exams to maintain their certification unless they allow their certification to lapse.

As technologies and professional expectations evolve, these renewal requirements are subject to change.

What is the CAEC hour requirement under the CPACC CAEC program?

  • You are required to earn 45 CAECs every 3 years.
  • A maximum of 15 CAECs each year can come from professional development.
  • A maximum of 5 CAECs each year can come from teaching and presenting new accessibility material outside your primary job role/function.
  • That amounts to a maximum of 20 CAECs that can be earned in any one year.
  • IAAP’s goal is to ensure your continued growth and development in the accessibility profession to maintain your CPACC.
  • You may obtain all 45 CAECs via professional development over the course of three years.

What is the CAEC hour requirement under the WAS CAEC program?

  • You are required to earn 35 CAECs every 3 years.
  • A maximum of 12 CAECs each year can come from professional development.
  • A maximum of 4 CAECs each year can come from teaching and presenting new accessibility material outside your primary job role/function.
  • That amounts to a maximum of 16 CAECs that can be earned in any one year.
  • IAAP’s goal is to ensure your continued growth and development in the accessibility profession to maintain your WAS.
  • You may obtain all 35 CAECs via professional development over the course of three years.

What is the CAEC hour requirement under the CPWA CAEC program?

  • You are required to earn 55 CAECs every 3 years.
  • A maximum of 19 CAECs each year can come from professional development.
  • A maximum of 6 CAECs each year can come from teaching and presenting new accessibility material outside your primary job role/function.
  • That amounts to a maximum of 25 CAECs that can be earned in any one year.
  • IAAP’s goal is to ensure your continued growth and development in the accessibility profession to maintain your CPWA.
  • You may obtain all 55 CAECs via professional development over the course of three years.

Do my CAECs from CPACC and WAS apply to my CPWA?

Once you have successfully passed the second exam, your renewal date is reset to three years from that date. Your CAEC requirement becomes a combined requirement. Only Continuing Accessibility Education Credits earned after that new start date apply towards the new three year renewal.

From what date does my three year renewal begin?

From six weeks after the close of your exam window where you were awarded your certification. You will receive an email providing you the date for your renewal.

If I earned my CPACC in 2016 and WAS in 2017, giving me my CPWA in 2017 – When is my renewal due?

Three years from the time when you were awarded your CPWA. You will receive a notice of change in renewal dates as you earn additional certifications.

What if I want to let one of my certifications expire but maintain the other?

Contact certification@accessibilityassociation.org to notify us of your intent and we will provide you with your CAEC requirements going forward.

How do I obtain my CAECs?

There are two ways that you can obtain the needed credits to maintain your certification. You can participate in professional development activities and you can share your accessibility expertise outside your current job function through formal presentations/trainings.

Professional Development

CAECs can be earned via professional development approved by IAAP, such as attending webinars, workshops, classes, and accessibility presentations at industry conferences. For example, by attending one approved conference and one IAAP webinar, you may be able to satisfy one year or 1/3 of your CAEC requirements.

One hour of structured activity = 1 CAEC

  • CPACC: Up to 15 CAECs per year allowed through professional development activity
  • WAS: Up to 12 CAECs per year allowed through professional development activity
  • CPWA: Up to 19 CAECs per year allowed through professional development activity

Sharing your Accessibility Knowledge

You may also earn CAECs by sharing your accessibility knowledge in a formal, structured environment. These CAECs are earned by teaching and presenting NEW accessibility material at a conference, seminar, college, university, professional association, or other organization. These CAECs require you to deliver accessibility related webinars and trainings outside of your primary job role/function. For example, a training class conducted for your company (to employees, customers, etc.) will not qualify but conducting a session at the M-Enabling Summit would qualify. Each presentation/training conducted must cover new material. A one-hour presentation conducted multiple times to different organizations or different conferences would count once.

One hour of structured teaching content delivery = 1 CAEC
Featured speaker or speaking engagement = 1 CAEC per hour
One Year’s Active IAAP Committee Work = 4 CAECs
Publication of blog series (more than five) regarding accessibility = 3 CAECs
Publication of professional or scholarly article = 2 CAECs
Publication of a book regarding accessibility = 5 CAECs
One hour of IAAP volunteer service (outside of committee work) = 1 CAEC

  • CPACC: Up to 5 CAECs per year allowed through share your knowledge activity
  • WAS: Up to 4 CAECs per year allowed through share your knowledge activity
  • CPWA: Up to 6 CAECs per year allowed through share your knowledge activity

How do I submit documentation for CAECs?

Please submit your documentation via our online CAEC submission tool with the following details to receive your CAEC credits. Please allow 5-7 business days for your CAEC credits to be recorded. You will receive an email confirming additional CAECs and your total number of CAEC credits to date.
  1. Your full name
  2. Your IAAP Member ID (if applicable)
  3. IAAP CAEC Program
    1. CPACC
    2. WAS
    3. CPWA
  4. Type of CAEC activity
    1. Professional Development
    2. Sharing your Accessibility knowledge
  5. Identifying and submitting documentation for your CAEC Content
    1. Professional Development
      1. Program Name (Conference, Webinar, Course)
      2. Program Type (Select Conference, Webinar, Course)
      3. Program Provider (Organization name)
      4. How the program relates to your certification (Area of accessibility)
      5. Number of hours of structured content
      6. Attach your registration confirmation of certificate of completion or attendance (upload document to SurveyGizmo)
      7. Date(s) and time(s) of the CAEC content delivery (For conferences, upload the list of sessions attended and dates and times)
      8. Number of CAECs requested
    2. Sharing your Accessibility Knowledge
      1. Name of your program
      2. At least 3 learning objectives
      3. Method of delivery
      4. Date, time, and location of delivery
      5. Audience makeup
      6. Approximate number of audience members
      7. URL showing your listing on the program or contact person (if follow-up confirmation is required)
      8. Number of CAECs requested

Do all IAAP CAECs have to be approved for credit?

Yes

What kind of content will be considered?

Any program or track of a program that has accessibility content as the primary objective will be considered for CPACC, content must be related to web accessibility to be considered for WAS, at least half of any CAECs must be web accessibility related for maintaining CPWA credit.

Which programs are pre-approved for CAEC Professional Development credit by IAAP?

  • All IAAP Live Broadcast Webinars and Archived Webinars are approved
  • CSUN Conference
  • M-Enabling Summit
  • AHEAD Conference
  • Accessing Higher Ground Conference
  • ATIA Conference
  • Funka Accessibility Days
If a conference or event you have attended is not listed here, please submit the conference details for consideration and review. If the focus of the conference or one of its tracks/strands is accessibility, IAAP will consider adding the event to a list of pre-approved CAEC credits.

Which programs are pre-approved for CAEC Share Your Accessibility Knowledge credit by IAAP?

(Please note that being a panel participant or panel moderator for a 45 minute or one hour session will qualify for .25 CAEC credits for each session; presenting a full single presenter educational session will qualify for the full time of the session.)

  • All IAAP Live Broadcast Webinars are approved
  • CSUN Conference
  • M-Enabling Summit
  • AHEAD Conference
  • Accessing Higher Ground Conference
  • ATIA Conference
  • Funka Accessibility Days
If a conference or event you have attended is not listed here, please submit the conference details for consideration and review. If the focus of the conference or one of its tracks/strands is accessibility, IAAP will consider adding the event to a list of pre-approved CAEC credits.

How can I check my number of CAECs?

Contact certification@accessibilityassociation.org (make the subject line be CAEC inquiry) to receive your current CAEC credit status. Please allow 3-5 business days for a response from the IAAP Certification team.

How are CAEC’s calculated?

CAEC credits are counted in 15 minute increments rounded up to the nearest number.  Credits will be based on published times. For example:
40 minutes = .75 CAEC
One hour = 1 CAEC
75 minutes = 1.25 CAECs
80 minutes = 1.5 CAECs
90 minutes = 1.5 CAECs

How much does it cost to maintain my IAAP Certification?

IAAP members with no lapse in membership have no cost associated with maintaining their certification. Your membership must remain valid for the duration of your three-year certification renewal to be eligible for this member benefit.

For Non-IAAP Members, or those whose membership has lapsed at any time during the three-year period:
  • $150 renewal fee payable at time of renewal. 
  • For those in Emerging Economies the total fee is $50 every three years.

What if I do not renew my certification after three years but then want to reinstate my credential?

If there is any lapse in renewing your certification through continuing education, you will need to retake the Certification exam.  Exams can be scheduled to be retaken using the standard application process available on the IAAP website and the Retake Exam Fees will apply.
 

Please visit the IAAP Continuing Education webpage for an overview of all IAAP approved CAEC programs and activities.


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