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Re: DHS Trusted Tester Program

From: Greg Jellin <gjellin@usfca.edu>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 16:36:03 -0700
Message-ID: <CADy-T8x7-KUSOnOGz3dAhEpT2K8OJV5CXHcwe2_5D-mpq_FOcg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Emily Ogle <emily.ogle27@yahoo.com>
Cc: "Laura.hoffman66" <laura.hoffman66@gmail.com>, pshikli@bizware.com, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Thanks for the tips Emily!

Greg

Greg Jellin
Web Accessibility Specialist
Web & Digital Communications

University of San Francisco
gjellin@usfca.edu | usfca.edu


On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 4:24 PM, Emily Ogle <emily.ogle27@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I myself am *very* keen to take the updated certification. So note, Greg,
> if you are looking to do this, wait until October when the Refresh is
> integrated.
>
> I found this certification very helpful once I began working in a setting
> where web apps aren’t as common. I don’t know if the DHS will continue to
> take a technology agnostic approach, but I’ll be signing up first thing.
>
> The certification is a time expense. I hadn’t heard that there would be a
> cost associated with the refresh, but if there is, I would hope the DHS
> improves its customer service. The 1-on-1 technicians are great, but
> sometimes I have a hard time getting my questions answered by the initial
> help desk.
>
> Be prepared to get frustrated—sometimes the terminology wasn’t entirely
> clear and it was hard to understand what the DHS was looking for. I’d
> engage the technicians as much as possible, though they are available only
> on government eastern business hours.
>
> On Jun 5, 2018, at 5:57 PM, Greg Jellin <gjellin@usfca.edu> wrote:
>
> Thank you Laura,
>
> I checked out that page earlier, but couldn't find all of the information
> I was looking for, specifically how to sign up. I've reached out to the
> contact and am in the process of signing up now.
>
> Thanks!
> Greg
>
> Greg Jellin
> Web Accessibility Specialist
> Web & Digital Communications
>
> University of San Francisco
> gjellin@usfca.edu | usfca.edu
>
>
> On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 3:52 PM, Laura.hoffman66 <laura.hoffman66@gmail.com
> > wrote:
>
>> Greg,
>>
>> You do not need to be a federal employee or contract to be eligible for
>> the program and there is no fee associated with it.
>>
>> You can find more information at https://www.dhs.gov/trusted-tester
>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.dhs.gov_trusted-2Dtester&d=DwMFaQ&c=qgVugHHq3rzouXkEXdxBNQ&r=iDnTWnA6skDocLNn6o3DMgD0lgfawaDaBgSsuAwsRPs&m=JkKe3xmI9hULX0TZMCgmRd49YnrA1P5Q6cNw6Tp3U7Y&s=VnIGSg_XQ9r60CJGYIsPSqv_DY6x3Ksqwq1DEDtWGfU&e=>
>> .
>>
>> DHS OAST is currently updated the training program to reflect the 508
>> Refresh. I believe their goal is to have the full training available by
>> October 1st but some of the introductory courses should be available in
>> July. At least that’s the last I heard.
>>
>> Laura
>>
>> On Jun 5, 2018, at 6:16 PM, Greg Jellin <gjellin@usfca.edu> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks Peter,
>>
>> Wow, that sounds like fun /s. I appreciate the feedback.
>>
>> A few questions if you don't mind:
>>
>>    - Does one have to be a federal employee/contractor to be eligible
>>    for the training/cert?
>>    - Is there a fee?
>>
>> Thanks!
>> Greg
>>
>> Greg Jellin
>> Web Accessibility Specialist
>> Web & Digital Communications
>>
>> University of San Francisco
>> gjellin@usfca.edu | usfca.edu
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 3:08 PM, Peter Shikli <pshikli@bizware.com> wrote:
>>
>>> We are a group of Trusted Testers certified by the federal Office of
>>> Accessible Systems and Technology under the Department of Homeland
>>> Security.  The process includes a rather intensive educational curriculum
>>> for which they recommend budgeting 6 months.  Our analysts completed it on
>>> average over 3 months, but a full-time commitment is mandatory or the
>>> retention suffers.  A 90% correct result on a multi-day final is required
>>> to pass.
>>>
>>> The focus is to understand a structured test process over 81 specific
>>> failure conditions, mastering each in detail, and producing an objective
>>> violation report.  Federal agencies need that objectivity and consistency
>>> to audit websites and online applications for procurement and meeting
>>> Section 508 standards.
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>> Peter Shikli
>>> pshikli@access2online.com
>>> 503-570-6831
>>> FAX: 503-582-8337
>>> Access2online
>>> 29030 SW Town Center Loop East
>>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__maps.google.com_-3Fq-3D29030-2BSW-2BTown-2BCenter-2BLoop-2BEast-2BSuite-2B202-26entry-3Dgmail-26source-3Dg&d=DwMFaQ&c=qgVugHHq3rzouXkEXdxBNQ&r=iDnTWnA6skDocLNn6o3DMgD0lgfawaDaBgSsuAwsRPs&m=JkKe3xmI9hULX0TZMCgmRd49YnrA1P5Q6cNw6Tp3U7Y&s=JshtGBjKpEI3XdRPGouGvtYDQxOdsafeKcDFi9UoqJg&e=>
>>> Suite 202
>>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__maps.google.com_-3Fq-3D29030-2BSW-2BTown-2BCenter-2BLoop-2BEast-2BSuite-2B202-26entry-3Dgmail-26source-3Dg&d=DwMFaQ&c=qgVugHHq3rzouXkEXdxBNQ&r=iDnTWnA6skDocLNn6o3DMgD0lgfawaDaBgSsuAwsRPs&m=JkKe3xmI9hULX0TZMCgmRd49YnrA1P5Q6cNw6Tp3U7Y&s=JshtGBjKpEI3XdRPGouGvtYDQxOdsafeKcDFi9UoqJg&e=>
>>> -187
>>> Wilsonville, OR 97070
>>> www.Access2online.com
>>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.Access2online.com&d=DwMFaQ&c=qgVugHHq3rzouXkEXdxBNQ&r=iDnTWnA6skDocLNn6o3DMgD0lgfawaDaBgSsuAwsRPs&m=eU0FDN5j3axUE3OI8dETFvM5JW8fT85rCw_h8TS6p0Y&s=stzALolrt9bTdYleDfTwq7A73Vbl4gCn5zi1HrSeAZA&e=>
>>> Prison inmates helping websites become accessible
>>> ------------------------------
>>> *From*: Greg Jellin <gjellin@usfca.edu>
>>> *Sent*: 6/5/18 2:32 PM
>>> *To*: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>>> *Subject*: DHS Trusted Tester Program
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> Is anyone familiar with the Department of Homeland Security's
>>> "Interagency Trusted Tester Program" for Section 508?
>>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.dhs.gov_interagency-2Dtrusted-2Dtester-2Dprogram&d=DwMFaQ&c=qgVugHHq3rzouXkEXdxBNQ&r=iDnTWnA6skDocLNn6o3DMgD0lgfawaDaBgSsuAwsRPs&m=eU0FDN5j3axUE3OI8dETFvM5JW8fT85rCw_h8TS6p0Y&s=5KyX81HGeMcrCmEBusa0xnqR0lteTUa3H1pXUi_G2ks&e=>
>>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.dhs.gov_interagency-2Dtrusted-2Dtester-2Dprogram&d=DwMFaQ&c=qgVugHHq3rzouXkEXdxBNQ&r=iDnTWnA6skDocLNn6o3DMgD0lgfawaDaBgSsuAwsRPs&m=eU0FDN5j3axUE3OI8dETFvM5JW8fT85rCw_h8TS6p0Y&s=5KyX81HGeMcrCmEBusa0xnqR0lteTUa3H1pXUi_G2ks&e=>
>>> https://www.dhs.gov/interagency-trusted-tester-program
>>> <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.dhs.gov_interagency-2Dtrusted-2Dtester-2Dprogram&d=DwMFaQ&c=qgVugHHq3rzouXkEXdxBNQ&r=iDnTWnA6skDocLNn6o3DMgD0lgfawaDaBgSsuAwsRPs&m=eU0FDN5j3axUE3OI8dETFvM5JW8fT85rCw_h8TS6p0Y&s=5KyX81HGeMcrCmEBusa0xnqR0lteTUa3H1pXUi_G2ks&e=>.
>>> I had never heard of this and just stumbled across it. It isn't clear how
>>> to become certified. Does anyone know what the process is to get certified?
>>> Is anyone certified?
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>>
>>> Greg Jellin
>>> Web Accessibility Specialist
>>> Web & Digital Communications
>>>
>>> University of San Francisco
>>> gjellin@usfca.edu | usfca.edu
>>>
>>>
>>
>
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