The Accessible Technologies team at Virginia Tech implemented an Accessibility Professional Certification Grant program in 2018. These grants offer VT employees the opportunity to develop valuable professional skills around accessibility while they serve the university community. Grant recipients received membership in the International Association for Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and course materials designed to prepare participants to take either the IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) exam or the IAAP Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) exam. Participants joined a community of practice, meeting weekly (via Zoom) to develop skillsets, review prep course material, and enhance accessibility within their respective areas.
For spring 2021, we are excited to extend invitations to our colleagues across the Commonwealth to join our CPACC cohort. The CPACC community of practice is facilitated by Christa Miller, Director of Inclusive Media Design at Virginia Tech. A limited number of seats are available. The application window officially opens on Monday January 11, 2021. Unfortunately, Virginia Tech cannot cover costs associated with the IAAP membership or certification exam fee (if the IAAP certification route is desired). However, participation in the community of practice will set you on the path of becoming a credentialed digital accessibility professional! Upon successful completion of the cohort program, participants would be eligible to obtain a Virginia Tech issued CPACC micro-badge acknowledging efforts and cohort completion.
If accepted into the CPACC cohort, you would be required to join the weekly (1-hour) virtual sessions. A kickoff meeting for the cohort will occur February 23, 2021 (time TBD by selected cohort participants). The CPACC program will conclude the third week of May 2021.
Again, we have a limited number of non-VT seats available within our spring 2021 CPACC cohort. If you are interested in participating, please complete the CPACC application before 5:00PM on February 10, 2021.
Feel free to reach out with any questions. You are welcome to freely share this information with other colleagues in VA.
For more information, contact Mark Nichols (firstname.lastname@example.org).