The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) needs your feedback on our roadmap for accessibility certification. And we need you to help get the word out to the accessibility community. Spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, that the IAAP really, really wants your feedback.

Here is the roadmap as it stands now:

A Conceptual Roadmap for IAAP Accessibility Certification

IAAP is still in the early stages of designing the certification, so your feedback is most valuable now, before IAAP commits to a certain path.

Here are some questions to consider as you read the roadmap: (questions written by Paul Bohman)
* What do you think of the roadmap overall?
* What would you do to improve our roadmap?
* What do you think of the levels of certification outlined in the roadmap?
* Are there any broad Knowledge Domains and Roles that we have left off that should be included?
* Do you like our list of Digital Accessibility areas of certification? Should we add to or subtract from this list? (For example, one person commented that we should add gaming to the list.)
* 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)
* Do you like the 3 year period for certification? Would you make it shorter (2 years) or longer (5 years)?
* 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 it without first studying or gaining experience, it must be scalable (not too burdensome to administer or grade/score the assessment), and translatable into other languages.
* Once certification becomes available, do you think you would go through the process to become certified? Why or why not?
* What else should we consider as we move forward?

Don’t be shy! Speak up and help make our field of expertise a recognized profession!