Accessibility Professional Certification Grants
About the grant program
Studying for the CPACC and WAS dramatically expanded my knowledge in almost every area of accessibility. I learned more about areas that I thought I knew well and gained depth in areas I didn't know well. TLOS' Accessibility Professional Certification Grant Program is the most rewarding program I've participated in while working in the Division of IT.
- Scott "Chandler" Chandler
Accessible Technologies awards grants to selected candidates throughout the university to become certified accessibility professionals. The International Association for Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) offers the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) credentials, and, this year, there will be separate grants awarded to prepare candidates to take the CPACC and WAS exams, respectively. The grant pays for membership in the IAAP, online exam prep training, and exam fees. Those awarded grants participate in a learning community, which meets weekly with an experienced accessibility professional who can answer questions and demonstrate assistive technologies used by those with disabilities.
The less technical CPACC certfication is described by the IAAP as follows:
The IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) credential is IAAP's foundational certification, representing broad, cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge about 1) disabilities, 2) accessibility and universal design, and 3) accessibility-related standards, laws, and management strategies … The CPACC is the ideal credential for those who manage and support accessibility, but who may not personally design, implement, or evaluate the technical details of accessible solutions.
The developer-oriented WAS certfication, by contrast, is described by IAAP in this way:
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.
How do I apply?
You can apply for the grant that prepares you for the CPACC exam, the grant that prepares you to take the WAS exam, or both. Each grant is awarded twice a year, so if you are interested in pursuing both certifications, we recommend you attempt them in sequence. Those who pass both the CPACC and WAS certfications are awarded the Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) credential.
The deadline for applying for our Spring 2020 cohort has passed. Please check back in late summer to apply for our Fall grants.