Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap

There is a wide variation between ADA, CVAA and other international 
accessibility laws, which may not be harmonized. I suggest IAAP should 
focus onto the U.S., since it may be too difficult to encompass 
international certification.

Tony Jasionowski
Senior Group Manager Accessibility
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company 
Two Riverfront Plaza, 9th Floor 
Newark, NJ 07102
Tel/Fax: 201-348-7777

From:   Paul Bohman <>
Cc:     "J. Albert Bowden" <>, W3C WAI ig 
Date:   04/08/2014 08:05 PM
Subject:        Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap

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
703-225-0380, ext.121

On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 7:55 PM, <> 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??


On Tue, 8 Apr 2014, J. Albert Bowden wrote:

Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:47:40 -0400
From: J. Albert Bowden <>
To: Paul Bohman <>
Cc: W3C WAI ig <>
Subject: Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap
Resent-Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:48:09 +0000

does it cost money to get certified?

On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM, 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
   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 
   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 
   without first studying or gaining experience,  it must be scalable (not 
   burdensome to administer or grade/score the assessment), and 
   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

J. Albert Bowden II

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