WebAIM - Web Accessibility In Mind

Accessible Website Certification

Accessible website certification is one component of a multifaceted collaboration with an organization seeking to foster an internal culture of accessible design and development, holistically at all levels. This can also include team training, hands-on website evaluation, ongoing consulting, automated scanning... all tailored to the unique needs of the organization.

What is site certification?

WebAIM will publish a statement on webaim.org declaring the level of accessibility of your website on a specific date.

How much does certification cost?

There is no cost for the certificate itself; it is included as part of a larger engagement. (Certification is not offered as a standalone service.)

What standard do you use when certifying a website?

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are primarily the basis for our evaluations. We will also document other accessibility issues not defined in the guidelines. If your organization is either part of, or does business with, the U.S. government, then we can verify that your site conforms with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Many other countries or states in the U.S. have laws regarding accessibility which we can evaluate to. WebAIM can even help you create your own accessibility policy to which we can help you attain and certify conformance. Certificates are valid for two years.

Is this certification the same as a VPAT?

Government agencies often require a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) that documents your product's conformance with Section 508. Our site certification also can document conformance, but it is not a VPAT. WebAIM can, however, help you author a VPAT.

What if a certified site starts to have accessibility problems?

WebAIM site certifications are for a specific date and conformance level. It is up to you to ensure that your site maintains that level of accessibility over time. Of course, WebAIM can help you in these efforts by auditing and re-certifying your site upon request or at regular intervals.