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

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From: Shiva Pourgholaminejad
Date: Jul 18, 2017 11:43AM


It is very relative. Every course has its own exam, you don’t get to the next course until you get 100% score from the exam. So, it depends how fast you can finish testing.

Shiva Pourgholaminejad
Graduate Research Assistant
Disability Resources Center
University of Nevada, Reno

-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Angela French
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:32 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] How to become a DHS "Trusted Tester"?

How many hours would you say it requires to take the course and do any required coursework?

Angela French

-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Dona Patrick
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:22 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] How to become a DHS "Trusted Tester"?

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.
> >
> > --
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> > Senior Accessibility Solutions Designer Assistive Technologies at
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