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Re: How to become a DHS "Trusted Tester"?

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From: Dona Patrick
Date: Jul 18, 2017 11:21AM


I'm working the Trusted Tester Program now and here's a word of warning:
keep an eye on the calendar. You get 60 calendar days from the day you get
the welcome email to complete the coursework that you take before you can
take the certification exam. You can ask for extensions, but you need to do
that before your time is up. I learned that the hard way and am waiting for
a call back to see if I need to start all over.

That said, even though I have been testing Websites and writing Web
accessibility/Section 508 audits for 15 years, I am learning things I
didn't know before and I feel the course is worth it. Much more
rigorous than anything else I have done in this field. One of the points of
the course is to have folks all doing the same thing when testing.

Dona

On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 10:36 AM, Katie Haritos-Shea < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
wrote:

> The Trusted Tester program is looking to update using WCAG 2 (currently it
> validates the old Section 508 standards), you might want to wait until that
> is ready.
>
> Katie Haritos-Shea
> 703-371-5545
>
> On Jul 17, 2017 11:01 PM, "Robert Fentress" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>
> Thanks, Ryan. I heard back from DHS OAST and they sent me an application.
> Looks like it is available beyond DHS and even the federal government. I'm
> exploring whether it might be a useful framework for ensuring the
> reliability of evaluations of products that are used by peer universities
> in Virginia. It would be nice if we could eliminate some of the
> duplication in our testing. I do wonder, though, how useful it will be
> with the move towards software as a service with rapid release cycles.
>
> On Jul 14, 2017 5:42 PM, "Ryan E. Benson" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>
> > It started as a DHS only certification, meaning you needed to get the
> Cert
> > to officially test DHS systems for namely 508 compliance, and did some
> WCAG
> > 2.0. There was some activities to get it used across all of the federal
> > government, but I am not 100% sure what the status is right now, I think
> > there was work generalizing it – taking out the DHS specifics and update
> > the content to WCAG 2.0.
> >
> > I’ll try to ask my POC on Monday.
> >
> > --
> > Ryan E. Benson
> >
> > From: Angela French
> > Sent: Friday, July 14, 2017 13:38
> > To: WebAIM Discussion List
> > Subject: Re: [WebAIM] How to become a DHS "Trusted Tester"?
> >
> > How about people who work for state governments?
> >
> > Angela French
> > WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On
> > Behalf Of Shiva Pourgholaminejad
> > Sent: Friday, July 14, 2017 10:31 AM
> > To: WebAIM Discussion List
> > Subject: Re: [WebAIM] How to become a DHS "Trusted Tester"?
> >
> > Yes, you need to email OAST <EMAIL REMOVED> and inquire about
> > the Trusted tester certification training program. The program will take
> > about three months.
> >
> >
> > Shiva Pourgholaminejad
> > Graduate Research Assistant
> > Disability Resources Center
> > University of Nevada, Reno
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On
> > Behalf Of Robert Fentress
> > Sent: Friday, July 14, 2017 9:55 AM
> > To: WebAIM Discussion List
> > Subject: [WebAIM] How to become a DHS "Trusted Tester"?
> >
> > Is it possible for people not associated with Homeland Security to become
> > certified as a "Trusted Testers" based on the Department of Homeland
> > Security’s (DHS) Office of Accessible Systems & Technology’s (OAST)
> Trusted
> > Tester Certification? I need to submit a budget request today and would
> > like to include this in that, but I can't seem to find anyone who offers
> > the training.
> >
> > --
> > Rob Fentress
> > Senior Accessibility Solutions Designer
> > Assistive Technologies at Virginia Tech
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