CPABE Certification Content OutlineThe Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) Content Outline was created through public feedback on our Job Task Analysis in 2020.
- Auditing in the Built Environment (45%)
- Collection of details and assessment of accessibility of the built environment (planning, new builds, renovations), as well as pre/post occupancy audits to confirm that recommendations have been incorporated appropriately.Characterize and Differentiate Between Theoretical Models of Disability, including the strengths and weaknesses of their underlying assumptions
- Assess wayfinding both within the built environment and associated public spaces.
- Working with Persons with Disabilities and Disability Organizations to assess on a diverse range of building types and disabilities and gather information on lived disability experience that will influence design and accessibility recommendations.
- Experience in applying Universal Design to ensure accessibility for everyone, including for diverse groups of people such as older people, people with hidden disabilities, and people with cognitive / sensory disabilities, as well as those with unique cultural requirements.
- Knowledge around fire/life safety requirements and accessible emergency egress/evacuation.
- Use of tools to facilitate assessments.
- Accessibility Standards, Codes, International Legislation Knowledge (30%)
- Knowledge and application of local/regional/national built environment accessibility standards, codes, and best practices.
- Knowledge and application of applicable legislation and policies (historical buildings, specialty facilities, healthcare and federal facilities, international human rights treaties).
- Knowledgeable in what is developing internationally with regards to accessibility standards, codes, and international legislation and its relevance.
- Consistently applied benchmarks for international accessibility and universal design (e.g. ISO 21542; UN CRPD; Sendai Framework, UN Flagship report; NUA and Sustainable Development Goals; Plan of Action for the Aging, other international standards, legislation).
- Reporting and Recommendations (25%)
- Champions the requirements of persons with disabilities and universal design concepts, with the ability to present framework and findings to a project team and client in an educational and informative manner so they gain an understanding of the rationale behind accessibility requirements.
- Effective communication in both oral and written formats, providing accessibility and universal design benchmarks/recommendations against which the built environment is assessed.
- Understanding the rational and be able to effectively prioritize recommendations based on a range of criteria, including but not limited to, disaster risk reduction, emergency and fire-life safety, code compliance, immediate needs, short term and long-term capital planning.
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