On November 30, 2018, I set out to learn web accessibility using the International Association of Accessibility Professionals' (IAAP) certification process as guidance. I spent 100 days studying for their Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) certification. It's the only way I knew how to become committed to learning.
During that period of time, I blogged each day about what I was learning. Eventually, I added my study notes as I prepared for the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC). Since then, this blog has become a valuable study guide for many folks.
My Certification Journeys
My 100 Days journey started with preparation for the Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) certification. After passing WAS, I eventually prepared for the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) certification. You can read my journaling through each track.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
My journey received more attention than I anticipated. Thanks to a lot of (repetive) questions, I've compiled questions and answers that I've received over the past few years.
You can find more questions under my FAQs page.
How much time should I plan on studying?
It depends on your prior knowledge, and what learning techniques you use. I carved out a lot of extra time due to less experience.
If you're exclusively working through a Deque course, follow their recommended time.
IAAP recommends to spend 5-10 hours a week for 6-8 weeks to prepare for each exam.
I want to get CPWA, which exam do I take first?
IAAP recommends taking CPACC first. I agree with that.
Are the Deque courses enough to prepare for WAS or CPACC?
Maybe. It depends on your prior experience.
I highly recommend reading through their specific Body of Knowledge document alongside the Deque course.
I worked through Deque coursework after I did my own self-guided study. But I had less experience, and was really nervous about taking both exams.
Where do I start with CPACC?
Start by visiting IAAP's CPACC page.
Next, you should read IAAP's CPACC Body of Knowledge (PDF).
Where do I start with WAS?
Start by visiting IAAP's WAS page.
Next, you should read IAAP's WAS Body of Knowledge (PDF).
Interviews & Talks
I've talked with a lot of folks about my 100 Days of A11y journey. Most have been 1:1 conversations. But there are a few conversations online.