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

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From: Jeremy Echols
Date: Jul 18, 2017 1:07PM


Thanks for that! That'll be a tough sell, but this does seem like the sort of thing we need at least one or two people to know.

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Dona Patrick
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 11:57 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] How to become a DHS "Trusted Tester"?

I have spent more than 80 hours on just the 250 section. I have another 20
- 30 to go in this section, so more than 100? They do have an estimate of their own for each of the sections, but I don't know where that is.

On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 2:13 PM, Jeremy Echols < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Is there any kind of ballpark guess you could offer? Even if it's
> "between 10 and 60 hours", that would be useful just to have some idea
> what to expect (in order to sell this to administration, I have to
> come up with some kind of time estimate).
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On
> Behalf Of Shiva Pourgholaminejad
> Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:43 AM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] How to become a DHS "Trusted Tester"?
>
> 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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