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About the Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) Credential

With the adoption of WCAG 2.0 in many countries, there is an increased demand for web developers, designers and other professionals with knowledge of web accessibility standards and guidelines. With this growth comes the need for an objectively verified level of expertise. The Web Accessibility Specialist exam will provide individuals and employers with the ability to assess web accessibility competence.

The Technical-level credential is intended for accessibility professionals who are expected to evaluate the accessibility of existing content or objects according to published technical standards and guidelines, and provide detailed remediation recommendations.  They are expected to know and use the relevant technologies, not merely be aware of them. 

Who should take the WAS Exam?

The WAS is the ideal credential for intermediate (3-5 years' experience) professionals who function in one of many team roles related to accessible web solutions. The WAS is ideal for people who design, develop, implement, evaluate, or manage accessible web-based content, projects, and services. The WAS is not focused on writing code, but rather the ability to recognize and identify issues in programmatic content, ability to explain what is missing or incorrect, understand usability and testing practices, along with contextual understanding of the impact on the end-user. This exam is not intended for beginners or those without regular hands-on experience or exposure to these elements of web accessibility.

Knowledge of HTML programming alone will not provide the background necessary to successfully achieve the WAS credential. Hands-on experience and knowledge of programmatic code elements, WCAG 2.0 standards, and contextual implications for end users of assistive technology are all required. Please review the WAS Content Outline and WAS Body of Knowledge to ensure that your experience matches these requirements before registering for this exam.

  • Accessibility professionals in the areas of web design, development, and programming, whose job requires in-depth knowledge of ICT accessibility standards and regulations.
  • Web project managers, designers, developers, and programmers
  • User experience designers and testers
  • Technical quality assurance (QA) professionals, QA teams and evaluators
  • Accessibility and compliance teams and managers
  • Web content managers and administrators
  • Project, program, and senior ICT managers overseeing initiatives or organizations that focus on web accessibility as a key component of their work.

Prepare for WAS Exam

The IAAP has compiled a list of resources and materials to help you prepare for the WAS exam.  Visit our Prepare for an Exam page to access all exam preparation resources. 

WAS Frequently Asked Questions

The IAAP has pulled a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding the WAS exam, application process, fees, and other inquiries.  If you can not find the answer to your question on our WAS FAQ page, please email certification@accessibilityassociation.org or call 678-392-1250 with any questions on the certification process.


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