CPABE Certification Content Outline

The Certified Professional in Accessible Built Environments (CPABE) Content Outline was created through public feedback on our Job Task Analysis in 2020.
  1. Auditing in the Built Environment (45%)
    1. 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
    2. Assess wayfinding both within the built environment and associated public spaces.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Knowledge around fire/life safety requirements and accessible emergency egress/evacuation.
    6. Use of tools to facilitate assessments.
  2. Accessibility Standards, Codes, International Legislation Knowledge (30%)
    1. Knowledge and application of local/regional/national built environment accessibility standards, codes, and best practices.
    2. Knowledge and application of applicable legislation and policies (historical buildings, specialty facilities, healthcare and federal facilities, international human rights treaties).
    3. Knowledgeable in what is developing internationally with regards to accessibility standards, codes, and international legislation and its relevance.
    4. 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).
  3. Reporting and Recommendations (25%)
    1. 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.
    2. Effective communication in both oral and written formats, providing accessibility and universal design benchmarks/recommendations against which the built environment is assessed.
    3. 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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