ICAP-BE Overview

About ICAP-BE
Prepare for ICAP-BE Exam
Application and Fees 
Maintaining ICAP-BE Certification
ICAP-BE FAQ's
Meet the Expert Panel (opens new page)

About the International Certification of Accessibility Professionals – Built Environment (ICAP-BE) Credential

IAAP is committed to deepening the recognition of professionals who have acquired the knowledge and skills to implement built environment accessibility standards, codes, legislation, and apply universal design principles to environments in which we live, work, and play.  The program identifies successful applicants as emerging, advanced, or expert level built environment accessibility professionals. 

Begun under Global Alliance of Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), a non-profit organization which was based in Canada, this certification program transitioned to G3ict and its division of training and certification, IAAP, early in 2019.  While the program currently continues following its established processes, an international IAAP taskforce has been formed to streamline and scale the program, allowing for greater global impact.  

The assembled Subject Matter Experts are working to develop a specific Body of Knowledge and exams to streamline the application and evaluation processes to scale the program. The ICAP-BE program will become a micro-credential program building on IAAP’s foundational certification - "Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies" (CPACC). 

Prepare for ICAP-BE Exam

Evaluations are currently held three times per year (January/May/October). There are a number of mandatory and optional documents to be submitted for the ICAP – BE application. In addition to the submission of documents, there will be an interview conducted between the applicant and Expert Panel. 

Applicants must review the criteria for each level and determine which level of certification is most appropriate for their current skills and experience.   

Portfolio submission includes:
  • Mandatory 
    • Resume/CV 
    • Completed on-line quiz 
    • Examples of Work (up to 4 Reports/Samples) 
    • Accessibility Audits - Project References (between 3 – 10 depending on level applied for)  
  • Optional
    • Details of Formal Classes, Workshops, Training or Educational Activities Undertaken
    • Details of Professional Association and/or Designations
    • Details of Lectures or Conference Presentations
    • Details of Articles and Publications  
Should you have any questions on requirements and which level should be applied for please contact IAAP’s Program Manager: tshipman@accessibilityassociation.org.

Application and Fees

The application fees will depend on the level of certification you are applying for and based on the amount of material to be reviewed by the assembled expert panel. Fees per certification level are as follows: 

Application Fees

The application fees for the program are itemized below. Please note that all fee amounts are noted in US dollars. 

A portion of the application fee of $100 is due with initial submission of documentation. Once the submission is confirmed complete by the program coordinator the remainder of the fee is due, prior to forwarding your submission to the Expert Panel for evaluation. All fees are non-fundable once payment is made. 

Should applicants not be successful in achieving certification they may reapply once at any time at a reduced cost noted below (ie Retake fee). 

Level 1 Application
$300.00 members/$400.00 non-members /Developing Economies $150 

Level 1 Retake: 
Member $185/Non- Member: $240 /Developing Economies Retake: $90 

Level 2 Application 
$500.00 members/$600.00 non-members /Developing Economies $250 

Level 2 Retake: 
Member $300/Non- Member $360/Developing Economies: $150 

Level 3 Application 
$650.00 members/$750.00 non-members/Developing Economies $325 

Level 3 Retake: 
Member $390/Non- Member: $450/Developing Economies: $195 

Triennial Renewal Fees 

Successful candidates will be required to renew their certification status triennially in order to maintain their inclusion as a IAAP/GAATES ICAC-BE certificant. Continued skill development will need to be demonstrated through either education or project engagement as outlined above. The following fees will be applicable: 

Level 1 – Certification renewal 
$90.00 members/$120.00 non-members /Developing Economies $45 

Level 2 – Certification Renewal
$150.00 members/$180.00 non-members /Developing Economies $75 

Level 3 –Certification Renewal 
$190.00 members/$220.00 non-members /Developing Economies $95 

Maintaining ICAP-BE Certification

Certified consultants will be required to commit to a triennial (once every three years) re-accreditation procedure to maintain certification.  Consultants must demonstrate professional development and achieve a minimum of 60 development credits.   

Demonstrating continued work within the field of accessibility is a mandatory requirement for re-certification. Additional credits can be earned through the following ways:
  • Attendance or presentations at seminars, workshops, and/or conferences focused on accessibility
    • 1 hour of attendance = 1 development credit  
  • Participation on standards development committees 
    • 1 hour of participation = 1 development credit  
  • Expanding the range of understanding of cross disabilities (volunteering or educational activities) 
    • 1 hour of attendance = 1 development credit
  • Further education 
    • 1 hour of education = 1 development credit 
  • Publishing articles on topics regarding the development of accessibility 
    • 1 published article = 1 development credit 
  • Reading articles on topics regarding the development of accessibility 
    • 4 credits applicable / year (must confirmed material reviewed) 
  • Preapproved activities by the Certification program 
    • Please contact the IAAP Certification Manager for approval of activity 
Details of submitting your development credits for review will be available shortly.  Please ensure that you retain records of all activities as this documentation will need to be submitted to verify activities. 

Should you have any questions on details above, please do not hesitate to contact the IAAP Certification Manager for further information: certification@accessibilityassociation.org

ICAP-BE Frequently Asked Questions

IAAP has pulled a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding theICAP-BE exam, application process, fees, and other inquiries.  Visit our ICAP-BE FAQ page.

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