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Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap

From: Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:54:29 -0400
Message-ID: <CA+20umGKcOUcPYyX=u_MyVAsTPuWmua0V9b2_08Pdp-StzbxwA@mail.gmail.com>
To: CAE-Vanderhe <gregg@raisingthefloor.org>
Cc: accessys <accessys@smart.net>, "J. Albert Bowden" <jalbertbowden@gmail.com>, IG - WAI Interest Group List list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Thanks Gregg,

I understand that certification requires a level of formality that exceeds
our current organization. We are at the early stages in this process, and
at this point we're mostly trying make sure we're pointed in a good
direction. As our ideas coalesce, and as we get at least some level of
consensus from the stakeholders, we'll take the steps to formalize the
certification process.


Paul Bohman, PhD
Director of Training
Deque Systems, Inc
www.deque.com
703-225-0380, ext.121


On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:57 AM, CAE-Vanderhe <gregg@raisingthefloor.org>wrote:

> you should be sure to check all the certification regulations
>
> usually an organization cannot issue certifications.  When RESNA did this
> - It had to set up an arms-length certification board.  Very expensive and
> complicated.
>
> You might look into this to see what it is all about and if it applies
> here or not.
>
> Gregg
>
>
>
>
> On Apr 8, 2014, at 7:03 PM, Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com> wrote:
>
> IAAP certification is not specific to any law, such as the ADA. It is for
> accessibility professionals in a variety of accessibility disciplines.
> Similarly, the IAAP is an international organization, not just for American
> laws.
>
> It's also important to separate the concept of courses from certification.
> The IAAP will offer a variety of educational resources and opportunities
> which can impart the kind of knowledge necessary to pass certification, but
> the certification itself is an assessment; a test. The idea behind
> certification is to show that the individual has met a certain level of
> expertise in the field, according to industry-accepted competencies.
>
>
> Paul Bohman, PhD
> Director of Training
> Deque Systems, Inc
> www.deque.com
> 703-225-0380, ext.121
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 7:55 PM, <accessys@smart.net> wrote:
>
>>
>> when I took the DoJ training back in 1992 they made it very clear that
>> there was going to be no accepted "Certification" for ADA, so wonder how
>> this sits with the DoJ position or has it changed???
>>
>> and how will it relate to DoJ training courses??
>>
>> Bob
>>
>> On Tue, 8 Apr 2014, J. Albert Bowden wrote:
>>
>>  Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:47:40 -0400
>>> From: J. Albert Bowden <jalbertbowden@gmail.com>
>>> To: Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com>
>>> Cc: W3C WAI ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>>> Subject: Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap
>>> Resent-Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:48:09 +0000
>>> Resent-From: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>>>
>>>
>>> does it cost money to get certified?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM, Paul Bohman <paul.bohman@deque.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>  Cross posted request for feedback:
>>>>
>>>> The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)
>>>> needs
>>>> your feedback on our roadmap for accessibility certification. Here is
>>>> the
>>>> roadmap as it stands now:
>>>>
>>>> http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?contentid=163
>>>>
>>>> We are still in the early stages of designing the certification, so your
>>>> feedback is most valuable now, before we commit to a certain path.
>>>>
>>>> Here are some questions to consider as you read the roadmap:
>>>>
>>>>    1. What do you think of the roadmap overall?
>>>>    2. What would you do to improve our roadmap?
>>>>    3. What do you think of the *levels* of certification outlined in the
>>>>    roadmap?
>>>>    4. Are there any broad *Knowledge Domains and Roles* that we have
>>>> left
>>>>
>>>>    off that should be included?
>>>>    5. Do you like our list of *Digital Accessibility* areas of
>>>>
>>>>    certification? Should we add to or subtract from this list? (For
>>>> example,
>>>>    one person commented that we should add gaming to the list.)
>>>>    6. Do you like the idea of certifying for these areas separately, in
>>>> a
>>>>    modular approach as we have done? (See the section on *Referencing
>>>>    IAAP Credentials* for an explanation of how this might work)
>>>>    7. Do you like the 3 year period for certification? Would you make it
>>>>
>>>>    shorter (2 years) or longer (5 years)?
>>>>    8. What kind of certification assessment would you create? Keep in
>>>>
>>>>    mind that it has to be a valid and meaningful test of the right kind
>>>> of
>>>>    competencies, it must be challenging enough that novices could not
>>>> pass it
>>>>    without first studying or gaining experience,  it must be scalable
>>>> (not too
>>>>    burdensome to administer or grade/score the assessment), and
>>>> translatable
>>>>    into other languages.
>>>>    9. Once certification becomes available, do you think you would go
>>>>
>>>>    through the process to become certified? Why or why not?
>>>>    10. What else should we consider as we move forward?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> To give feedback, you can reply directly to this email, or you can send
>>>> an
>>>> email to the certification committee: CC@accessibilityassociation.org
>>>>
>>>> Paul Bohman, PhD
>>>> Chair, IAAP Certification Committee
>>>> Director of Training
>>>> Deque Systems, Inc
>>>> www.deque.com
>>>> 703-225-0380, ext.121
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> J. Albert Bowden II
>>>
>>> jalbertbowden@gmail.com
>>>
>>> http://bowdenweb.com/
>>>
>>>
>
>
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