Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) Levels

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Level I - Associate

Expected to: 

  • Have a variety of work experience in the assessment/audit field 
  • Have limited building specialization 
  • Make accessibility recommendations within the built environment regarding the needs of at least one (1) type of disability

Able to: 

  • Conduct accessibility assessments/audits of buildings and/or drawing reviews and issue general comments and basic recommendations to enhance the built environment to better meet the needs of a specific disability

Diversity of Experience and Specialization.  At least one (1) of the following: 

  • Disability specific buildings (day-program centers, rehabilitation facilities)
  • Housing (Single homes, multi-family dwellings, apartments) 
  • Commercial and Mercantile (Retail, banking, offices) 

Requirements: 

  • Participation in at least three (3) accessibility assessments 
  • At least 2 examples must be submitted 
  • Assessment may include but not limited to: 
    • Single homes
    • Apartments
    • Commercial 
  • Completion of a degree (architecture, engineering) or formal accredited education is considered an asset 
  • Formal accessibility training considered an asset 
  • Participation in workshops, lectures, conferences or other informal education activities considered an asset 
  • Accessibility related presentations, publications, lectures and/or teaching-training activities considered an asset 

Understanding of Legislation and Standards

  • Knowledge of related national and provincial/state legislation  
  • UN CRPD knowledge considered an asset 
  • ISO standard 21542 knowledge considered an asset 
  • Where no national or local standards exist in your country, knowledge of an alternate, recognized accessibility standards is required

Level II - Advanced 

Expected to: 

  • Work in a wide variety of assessments, reporting, and providing accessibility recommendations. 
  • Have experience in more than one building type, with or without specialization, and is able to consider the needs of a wide range of abilities and at least two (2) types of disability. 

Able to: 

  • Conduct accessibility assessments of buildings and drawing reviews in order to issue recommendations using a Universal Design approach. 
  • Participate in new or retrofit/existing building projects. 
  • Contribute to projects involving some or all of the following: 
    • Egress requirements for persons with disabilities 
    • Detailed drawing development providing technical data and specifications regarding accessibility codes/standards
    • Accessible design of public spaces associated with a site 
    • Wayfinding, lightning, or acoustic requirements 
  • Additional Experience participating in standards development and/or design guidelines would be considered an asset 

Diversity of Experience and Specialization.  At least four (4) of the following: 

  • Arts and Culture (museums, galleries, music halls, movie theatres, auditoriums etc.) 
  • Commercial and Mercantile (Retail, banking, offices) 
  • Disability specific buildings (day-program centers, rehabilitation facilities) 
  • Education (Schools, Universities, Colleges) 
  • Health 
  • Historic/heritage buildings, facilities or environments 
  • Hospitality (Hotels, Motels, Catering, Conference Venues, Auditoriums) 
  • Housing (Single homes, multi-family dwellings, apartments) 
  • Leisure and Sports (Recreation facilities, Stadiums, Arenas, etc.) 
  • Manufacturing/industrial 
  • Churches, Chapels and Other Places of Worship  
  • Natural and Outdoors areas (park, beaches, picnic, etc.)  
  • Transport environments (airports, railway and bus stations, ferry terminals etc.) 
  • Municipal buildings (police stations, court houses and fire houses) 
  • Libraries 
  • Accessible play environments and structures 
  • Landscape design 

Requirements: 

  • Participation in at least five (5) accessibility assessments other than housing.  
  • At least 3 examples must be submitted. 
  • Assessments may include but not limited to: 
    • Single homes – apartments 
    • Multi-family dwellings 
    • Commercial 
    • Meeting places 
  • Completion of a degree (architecture, engineering) or formal accredited education is considered an asset 
  • Formal accessibility training considered an asset 
  • Participation in workshops, lectures, conferences or other informal education activities considered an asset
  • Accessibility related presentations, publications, lectures and/or teaching-training activities considered an asset 

Understanding of Legislation and Standards 

  • Knowledge of related national and provincial/state legislation 
  • UN CRPD knowledge considered an asset 
  • ISO standard 21542 knowledge considered an asset 
  • Other international disabled people’s rights international documents (IE: ILO labour related documents, etc.) considered an asset 
  • Knowledge of a range of international accessibility standards: at least one other area than the country of residence, especially for candidates of countries without existing local standards/codes. 
  • Working knowledge and/or implementation of accessible emergency egress considered an asset 

Level III - Expert

Expected to: 

  • Work in all areas of design, assessment, policy development, and training
  • Have experience in a wide range of building types, with or without specialization and is able to consider the whole range of human functioning to assess the needs of the majority of abilities and types of disabilities

Able to: 

  • Conduct accessibility assessments of buildings and complex drawing reviews issuing comprehensive recommendations, referencing technical specifications, using a Universal Design approach
  • Participate in interdisciplinary work with complex interactions between design teams, public and private partnerships, in major facilities 
  • Contribute to Projects involving some or all of the following: 
    • Egress requirements for persons with disabilities 
    • Detailed drawing development providing technical data and specifications regarding accessibility codes/standards
    • Accessible design of public spaces associated with a site 
    • Transportation buildings 
    • Wayfinding, lightning, or acoustic requirements 
    • Standards development 

Diversity of Experience and Specialization.  At least six (6) of the following: 

  • Arts and Culture (museums, galleries, music halls, movie theatres, auditoriums etc.) 
  • Commercial and Mercantile (Retail, banking, offices) 
  • Disability specific buildings (day-program centers, rehabilitation facilities) 
  • Education (Schools, Universities, Colleges) 
  • Health 
  • Historic/heritage buildings, facilities or environments 
  • Hospitality (Hotels, Motels, Catering, Conference Venues, Auditoriums) 
  • Housing (Single homes, multi-family dwellings, apartments) 
  • Leisure and Sports (Recreation facilities, Stadiums, Arenas, etc.) 
  • Manufacturing/industrial 
  • Churches, Chapels and Other Places of Worship  
  • Natural and Outdoors areas (park, beaches, picnic, etc.)  
  • Transport environments (airports, railway and bus stations, ferry terminals etc.) 
  • Municipal buildings (police stations, court houses and fire houses) 
  • Libraries 
  • Accessible play environments and structures 
  • Landscape design 

Requirements: 

  • Participation in at least ten (10) accessibility assessments of varying building types  
  • 4 examples must be submitted. 
  • Assessment may include but not limited to:
    • Single homes – apartments 
    • Multi-family dwellings 
    • Commercial 
    • Health 
    • Education 
    • Transportation 
    • Historic buildings
    • Signage way-finding
    • Meeting places 
  • In addition to assessment activities, participation in the design phase of at least one infrastructure project such as transportation, health, arts and culture, etc.
  • Policy Standard-codes-guidelines-regulations development 
  • Completion of a degree (architecture, engineering) or formal accredited education is considered an asset 
  • Formal accessibility training considered an asset 
  • Participation in workshops, lectures, conferences or other informal education activities considered an asset 
  • Accessibility related presentations, publications, lectures and/or teaching-training activities considered an asset 

Understanding of Legislation and Standards 

  • Knowledge of related national and provincial/state legislation  
  • UN CRPD knowledge is mandatory 
  • ISO standard 21542 is mandatory 
  • Other international disabled people’s rights international documents (e.g. ILO labour related documents) 
  • Knowledge of a range of international accessibility standards: at least two more than the country of residence is mandatory, especially for candidates of countries without existing local standards/codes
  • Working knowledge and/or implementation of accessible emergency egress 
  • Other accessibility/disability related regulations (i.e.: health, labor code, education related regulation or codes that involve accessibility) 

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