CPACC and WAS Resources

How to Maintain IAAP Certification

Overview

The goal of IAAP’s certification maintenance program is to help ensure your continued growth and development in the accessibility profession. To maintain your CPACC, WAS, or CPWA certification, you must:

  • Earn the required number of continuing accessibility education credits (CAEC).
  • Renew your certification with IAAP.

What Counts as a CAEC?

You can earn CAECs in two ways: either by attending professional development activities, or by sharing your accessibility expertise outside your current job function through formal presentations or trainings. Good examples of CAEC activities include: 

  • Accessibility presentations at industry conferences
  • Webinars
  • Online courses
  • Meetups

Earn hours through campus events

OIT offers annual 2-day workshops that allow you to earn 15 credit hours. We encourage all certificate holders to participate if able. OIT also offers occasional events throughout the year, such as Design & Dessert and Website Wednesday sessions that qualify for credit hours. You must register for and sign in to these events to receive credit.

Earn hours through other events

The IAAP offers credit for a variety of classes, workshops, webcasts, conferences, and other events. Some programs are pre-approved, while others must be reviewed when you submit your hours.

Requirements for earning and recording hours

CPACC

  • You are required to earn 45 CAECs every 3 years.
  • You can earn any number of hours per year, provided you have earned 45 by your certification renewal date.
  • You must submit the hours to the IAAP. Directions are below.

WAS

  • You are required to earn 35 CAECs every 3 years.
  • You can earn any number of hours per year, provided you have earned 35 by your certification renewal date.
  • You can earn hours for professional development, and for sharing your accessibility knowledge.
  • You must submit the hours to the IAAP. Directions are below.

CPWA

  • You are required to earn 55 CAECs every 3 years.
  • You can earn any number of hours per year, provided you have earned 55 by your certification renewal date.
  • IAAP will roll over up to five CAECs you earned in the year leading up to your CPWA award.
  • You can earn hours for professional development, and for sharing your accessibility knowledge.
  • You must submit the hours to the IAAP. Directions are below.

Certification renewal requirements

After three years from your certification date, you must renew your certification for a cost of $150.00. If you allow your certification to lapse, you must retake the exam.

CAEC Recording Process

Submit your hours to the IAAP.

It is recommended you track your hours, as well, either on your own or using OIT's IAAP CAEC Tracking Sheet.

Guidance

Here is some help on answering less obvious questions on the IAAP submission form: 

IAAP Membership

This is OPTIONAL. Even if you have a membership number, you can leave this blank. 

Is this a program that has already been approved for CAEC by IAAP?

For any event hosted at Princeton, select No. This does not mean the event will not be approved. Princeton works closely with the IAAP to support our accessibility professional development efforts, and IAAP has approved all of our events to date.

Attach your registration, confirmation email, email from a work webinar event, or certificate of attendance. PDF, DOC, DOCX, PNG, JPG, JPEG, GIF files are supported.

Upload a file showing proof of attendance. Screenshots will do if you cannot get a file. NOTE: If you have supporting documents for more than three events, you should merge them into a single file (for example, if you attend multiple sessions at a workshop or conference, and each session provides its own certificate).

How many CAECs are you requesting from this event?

CAECs are counted in 15 minute increments rounded up to the nearest number.  Credits will be based on published times. For example:

  • 40 minutes = .75 CAEC
  • One hour = 1 CAEC
  • 75 minutes = 1.25 CAECs
  • 80 minutes = 1.5 CAECs
  • 90 minutes = 1.5 CAECs

CAEC Hours Tracking

You should maintain your own list to track the hours you have earned and submitted to IAAP. (If you have used the SharePoint tracking site and have questions, contact accessibility@princeton.edu ) You can also check the number of CAEC hours you’ve earned at any point by emailing certification@accessibilityassociation.org with the subject line: CAEC inquiry.

Free Online Courses

W3C: Introduction to Web Accessibility

Udacity: Web accessibility course

Georgia Tech: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessibility

LinkedIn Learning Accessibility Courses

Paid Courses

Deque Online, Self-Paced Classes

Web AIM's Document Accessibility Course

IAAP CPACC Certification Preparation Course

IAAP WAS (Web Accessibility Specialist) Exam Preparation

Recorded Webinars from Level Access

MS Word Accessibility Basics Series

How to Improve Accessibility for Users with Anxiety

Quick Tips for Writing Meaningful Alt Text

Procurement and Accessibility: I Like WCAG and Long Walks on the Beach

Double Feature: Reading and Writing the VPAT

Meetups

Attend A11yNYC Accessibility Meetups

Attend A11Y Princeton Accessibility Meetups