Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap


IAAP will certify the knowledge and skills of individuals, not tools or web
sites or products. There are several goals of certification, and several
reasons for moving in this direction. In general, the purpose is to move
the accessibility profession forward. Certification helps legitimize the
profession in the eyes of employers, helps individuals demonstrate their
commitment to accessibility and their skills, helps define what it means to
be an accessibility professional, and so on. So the impact on tools will be
indirect. The impact on accessibility will hopefully be more directly
measurable, as we increase the number of people with verifiable skills who
are working in the field.

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

On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 2:46 AM, David Hilbert Poehlman <> wrote:

> Does this make our tools more effective and bring us closer to
> accessibility?
> --
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> On Apr 8, 2014, at 13:15, Paul Bohman <> 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:
> 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:
> Paul Bohman, PhD
> Chair, IAAP Certification Committee
> Director of Training
> Deque Systems, Inc
> 703-225-0380, ext.121

Received on Wednesday, 9 April 2014 14:00:07 UTC