Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies

The CPACC is a foundational professional credential that represents the ability to apply broad, cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge about disabilities and accessibility. At Princeton, we have created a welcoming and innovative program to certify staff in any role, whether technical or non-technical. To date, over 120 staff have earned certifications. We believe that everyone can benefit from and apply accessibility knowledge in their work, and we especially encourage those who:

  • Are responsible for supporting people with disabilities
  • Want to create more inclusive experiences
  • Create content
  • Create or manage IT
  • Organize and host meetings
  • Work with students

OIT's training program is cohort-based and is generally offered in the summer and winter. It includes an online course, three Zoom-based training classes, study sessions, and the exam. Participants should expect to spend 50 hours in the preparation program. The thoroughness of the preparation gives us a high pass rate. Those who do well in the practice exam have their certification fees met by OIT.

Course topics include:

  • Disabilities, challenges and assistive technologies
  • Etiquette
  • Accommodations
  • Universal design
  • Standards and laws
  • Integrating digital accessibility in the organization

CPACC classes are open only to members of the University community.

Ask to join a CPACC study cohort

Web Accessibility Specialist

A WAS certification demonstrates a deep, technical understanding of the design, code and testing methods needed to create accessible websites and applications. This track is recommended for developers who regularly create front-end themes or interactive content.

The introductory and DIY testing for developers classes or their equivalent will provide a good starting point for developers seeking this certification. As the material is highly technical, certificate-holders at Princeton have reported spending up to 60 hours on coursework and study materials before sitting for the exam.

Topics include:

  • The specific requirements of key standards, including WCAG 2.1, WAI-ARIA and ATAG
  • Usable and accessible design and code patterns for common components
  • Techniques needed to enable access for all common assistive technologies
  • Testing with assistive technologies, including screen readers
  • Remediation techniques

WAS classes are open only to members of the University community.

Ask to join a WAS study cohort