Nordic IAAP chapter provides certification

The International Association of Accessibility Professionals, IAAP, offers certification of professionals within accessibility to ensure they have the necessary skills. As one of the founders, Funka has been deeply engaged in IAAP's activities from the start and we are now proud to help building the Nordic chapter of IAAP. Through IAAP Nordic we take the benefits of membership and certification even closer to the members.

There are many advantages to being a member of IAAP Nordic. You will, on top of the global benefits also have access to local language webinars, meetings, and online forums where you can discuss and learn from top experts in the field. When working with accessibility you might sometimes feel a little lonely in your role, but here you will have a large community of likeminded persons, says Frida Sandberg, project manager for IAAP Nordic.

IAAP members cover persons from the public and private sector, IT industry, universities and user organisations. But all those who are interested in accessibility are of course welcome as members. The roles that are represented in IAAP are developers, designers, project managers, communicators, procurers and many more. Examples of organisations who have already chosen to be engaged in IAAP Nordic by joining as local founders are Certec, Department of Design Sciences at Lund University in Sweden and Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway.

With our membership in IAAP, we can better point out opportunities for students to continue with universal design issues linked to technology and design even after the completion of their education, says Per-Olof Hedvall, Director of Research at Certec.

With the upcoming European regulations, the need for skilled accessibility professionals will increase. This is the time to move accessibility. From a grass roots movement into a real profession.

As of today, our main focus is web accessibility, but it is our members who set the agenda, so please join us and take your chance to influence the direction of the organisation, Frida Sandberg continues. Our chairman is currently Jay Cardinali from Disney who is himself mainly involved in issues around accessible tourism.

On top of the member benefits, IAAP offer professional certification on different levels. CPACC, Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies, is a general basic certification that concerns accessibility within both IT and the built environment. WAS, Web Accessibility Specialist, addresses persons working with technical details regarding accessible web solutions. Shortly, IAAP will launch a certification on procurement, and later on a certification on documents. In the long term, the examination will be translated into the Nordic languages.

A certification is a proof of your skills. From an employer perspective, you can make sure that your staff are qualified within the area, says Frida Sandberg.

At Funka Accessibility Days in Stockholm mid April, Frida Sandberg will tell you more about IAAP Nordics activities and what you can gain from being a member. You will also be able to listen to Samantha Evans, who is responsible for IAAP's certifications. If you happen to be in Stockholm at the time, do reach out.

Later this spring, information meetings will be held about IAAP Nordics activities and certification in Oslo and Helsinki. In Oslo, the meeting will take place May 31 at Oslo Metropolitan University. Please look at the local language IAAP Nordic website for more information.

IAAP Nordic's website (in Swedish), opens in new window

Frida Sandberg, Project leader IAAP Nordic
+46 76 319 15 64