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#106 - CPACC Journey #01 - Certification Requirements, Accessibility Professionals

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Juan Jesús Millo

CPACC certification requirements

Hello! I want to take this issue to tell you that this year my personal work efforts (outside UX Database) are twofold: improve my level of accessibility and universal design; and also improve my level of English, which I get writing, classes, etc ... but the important thing is the first!

After a lot of research, I think that the best training is the formal, the serious one, the one that starts from an academic or empirical basis, I have never been a fan of the typical courses that want to get your money at any cost, so I decided to study the two certifications of the IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals).

IAAP Certification, accessibility professional

These certifications are the CPACC (Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies), which deals with the foundations of accessibility, the different models of disability, categories and barriers associated with each type of disability, principles of universal design, as well as more legal and protocol-related things.

Requirements for WAS certification

On the other hand, there is the WAS (Web Accessibility Expert) which does apply all this to digital environments, but frankly I consider that a context on what accessibility really is and its different medical, social, political or even functional implications before delving into more operational technical issues.

The interesting thing is that if you get both, you get the CPWA (Certified Professional in Web Accessibility).

The WAS, who knows when I attack it, as the CPACC comes first, the requirements being:

  • The study of disabilities, challenges and assistive technology (40% of the syllabus).
  • Accessibility and universal design (40%)
  • Standards, laws and management strategies (20%).

All this in order to take the IAAP's own exam ($485) of 100 multiple-choice questions over 2 hours.

Study material on accessibility practitioners

In this series I will tell you a bit about my study experience because, who knows, it might be useful for someone else!

For now, my study material will be:

Let's see how it goes! 😄

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