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).
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:
- Completed on-line quiz
- Examples of Work (up to 4 Reports/Samples)
- Accessibility Audits - Project References (between 3 – 10 depending on level applied for)
- 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
Application FeesThe 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 FeesSuccessful 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
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
Should you have any questions on details above, please do not hesitate to contact the IAAP Certification Manager for further information: email@example.com. ICAP-BE FAQ page.
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