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Re: DHS Trusted Tester Program

From: Katie Haritos-Shea <ryladog@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 20:01:14 -0400
Message-ID: <CAEy-OxHEKRHA-iRu8W2i5j55Ori3vA3KRp8NG77fjmTN8wUK5A@mail.gmail.com>
To: Greg Jellin <gjellin@usfca.edu>
Cc: Emily Ogle <emily.ogle27@yahoo.com>, "Laura.hoffman66" <laura.hoffman66@gmail.com>, pshikli@bizware.com, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
It is worth your time, but wait until it is updated!

On Tue, Jun 5, 2018, 7:53 PM Greg Jellin <gjellin@usfca.edu> wrote:

> 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
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>>>> Suite 202
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>>>> -187
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>>>> 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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