Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies

A CPACC certification demonstrates a broad understanding of disabilities, and what considerations go into highly usable products and content. Aspects of accessible development and accessibility testing are explored, but the focus is on developing a strong conceptual understanding for designers, content creators and managers.

The introductory and DIY content testing classes or their equivalent provide a good framework for the the course material. Certificate-holders at Princeton have reported spending roughly 30 hours additional hours on coursework and study materials before sitting for the exam.

Topics include:

  • Categories of disabilities and strategies for enabling equal access
  • Common accommodations and assistive technologies
  • Accessibility standards and universal design patterns for technology, education and architecture
  • Legal, financial, social and ethical incentives for integrating accessibility considerations into projects and processes

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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

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