About WAS Certification
About the Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) Credential
With the adoption of WCAG 2.0 in many countries, there is an increased demand for web developers, designers and other professionals with knowledge of web accessibility standards and guidelines. With this growth comes the need for an objectively verified level of expertise. The Web Accessibility Specialist exam will provide individuals and employers with the ability to assess web accessibility competence.
The Technical-level credential is intended for accessibility professionals who are expected to evaluate the accessibility of existing content or objects according to published technical standards and guidelines, and provide detailed remediation recommendations. They are expected to know and use the relevant technologies, not merely be aware of them.
Who should take the WAS Exam?
The WAS is the ideal credential for those who personally design, develop, implement, evaluate, or manage the technical details of accessible web solutions. The WAS credential represents an ability to express technical proficiency for someone with at least an intermediate level of expertise. This exam is not intended for beginners or those without regular hands-on experience in writing, remediating, or identifying accessibility issues in code. Knowledge of HTML programming alone will not provide the background necessary to successfully achieve the WAS credential. Hands-on experience and knowledge of programmatic code elements, WCAG 2.0 standards, and contextual implications for end users of assistive technology are all required. Please review the WAS Content Outline and WAS Body of Knowledge to ensure that your experience matches these requirements before registering for this exam.
- Accessibility professionals in the areas of web design, development, and programming, whose job requires in-depth knowledge of ICT accessibility standards and regulations.
- Web project managers, designers, developers, and programmers
- User experience designers and testers
- Technical quality assurance (QA) professionals, QA teams and evaluators
- Accessibility and compliance teams and managers
- Web content managers and administrators
- Project, program, and senior ICT managers overseeing initiatives or organizations that focus on web accessibility as a key component of their work.
Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA)Individuals who pass the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and the Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) exams are eligible to carry a higher level credential called the Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA).
WAS Frequently Asked Questions and Exam Fees
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