Built Environment Taskforce

IAAP Built Environment Taskforce Initiative

Built Environment Taskforce

An IAAP Built Environment Taskforce has been established to support resource development for built environment members, specifically to streamline the application and evaluation process for of the three levels of certification under the Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments program.  This will allow IAAP to scale this certification offering for greater global impact.
In 2020, IAAP assembled a group of international subject matter experts to develop proctored exams for Level 1 and Level 2 applicants.  Level 3 applicants will be required to pass the Level 2 exam and prepare a portfolio of work for review by IAAP’s Expert Panel.  The Expert Panel will convene on a semi-annual basis to evaluate submissions.  
A pilot of the exams was held September 30 through October 30, 2020 with great success and the first CPABE Level 1 and Level 2 exams will be available in the first exam window of 2021 beginning January 18, 
The Taskforce has also assembled a Body of Knowledge (BoK) based on the CPABE content outline which was determined by a completed Job Task Analysis survey.  This BoK document will provide an overview of the knowledge that candidates must have to be successful in taking the exam.  While the BoK provides key concepts and resources, it is not meant to be a textbook to pass the exam but a tool in preparation for the exam.  

With the goals set out in 2020 completed, the taskforce will reconvene in February 2021 to determine goals and intiaitives to be undertaken in 2021.  If you are interested in joining this active working group, please forward your CV to IAAP's Taskforce Liaison Lourdes Arreola Prado lourdesprado@accessibilityassociation.org
The taskforce is made up of the following Subject Matter Experts:

Built Environment Taskforce Co-Chairs:

Taskforce Members

Built Environment Resources 

IAAP has created the following resources for its built environment members to support ongoing professional development and community networking.

Built Environment Community of Practice

Hosted via IAAP’s Connections and available to all IAAP members, the Built Environment Community of Practice (BE CoP) is a member’s only benefit providing an online platform for discussion, questions and answers, a member-built library of resources, and sharing knowledge (blog postings). Join IAAP today and take part in the discussion.

Built Environment Professional Development Webinar Series

IAAP offers live webinars on a monthly basis on a variety of topics. A webinar series dedicated to Universal Design and the Built Environment has been curated by IAAP and volunteers from the the Built Environment taskforce.  It will run September 2020 through to June 2021. 
Schedule of the Built Environment webinar series.

IAAP records and archives every webinar and makes them available for purchase or available for free depending on the level of membership subscribed to. 
Registrants of a live broadcast webinar will receive access to the recording at the conclusion of the broadcast. 

Participation in IAAP activities, taskforces/committees, and sharing knowledge earn continuing accessibility educational credits towards certification renewals. 

3-Part Free Webinar Series on Universal Design

Under development: a free 3-part webinar series, presented by Colette Fransolet, will forcus on the principles of Universal Design. 
Part 1 - Introduction to the Paradigm of Universal Design
Part 2 - 101 of Universal Design Tools
Part 3 - The History of Universal Design 

Registration details forthcoming.

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