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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.
 
  • 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.

Details are now available on the WAS content outline.  The WAS Body of Knowledge and additional materials are available at Prepare for the WAS exam.

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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