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CPWA, CPACC, WAS – what are all these?

My readers may have noticed something like CPWA, CPACC and WAS added to my profile on various platforms. Thought I would write a quick post describing what these acronyms are meant.

These are certifications by International Association of Accessibility Professionals for people working in the area of Accessibility.

CPACC – Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies The IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) credential is IAAP’s foundational certification, representing broad, cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge about 1) disabilities, 2) accessibility and universal design, and 3) accessibility-related standards, laws, and management strategies.

WAS – Web Accessibility Specialist The IAAP Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) credential is a technical level exam for an individual with at least an intermediate level of detailed technical knowledge about the WCAG guidelines and other related web accessibility topics. This exam is not intended for beginners or those without regular hands-on experience in writing, remediating, or identifying accessibility issues in code.

CPWA – Certified Professional in Web Accessibiolity Any individual who passes both the CPACC and the WAS exams will receive the designation of Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA).

I would highly encourage those intend to build career in the area of Accessibility to get these certifications. They add a lot of value; they would also bring in quality into accessibility professionals.

Visit IAAP certification page for more details.

I would also recommend IAAP Certification Preparation Course by Deque. This course has been well structured and helpful.

All the best!

Srinivasu is an accessibility evangelist with 16+ years of experience. Currently works as Senior Accessibility Program Manager at Watermark. Previousely held several positions at companies like BarrierBreak, Yahoo, PayPal, Deque, HCL etc., He believes in the teachings of Shri. Adi Sankaracharya, Swami Vivekananda. He is also Founder of ServeOM Inclusion - a platform to pormote accessibility.

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