An Overview of Trusted Tester for Web ““ Version 5

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


The presenters will provide an overview of the updated Department of Homeland Security Trusted Tester Version 5, associated trainings with trusted tester, and the trusted tester certification process.

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Accessible Systems and Technology, in coordination with other government agencies, have updated the Trusted Tester Training series and certification exam to align with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and the Revised Section 508 Standards. The shared testing methodology results in improved outcomes, including decreased delivery time for accessible web and software, and increased ability to compare the accessibility of multiple products while reducing redundant evaluation efforts. The new training improves consistency of training materials, supports a wider range of student test environments, and streamlines the certification exam while maintaining the integrity of the exam itself.

In addition, Trusted Tester V 5.0 also improves the overall format, flow, and construction of the process and its test conditions to improve readability, coherence, and the overall effectiveness of the test process.

Presenters will discuss the new testing tool, the Accessible Name and Description Inspector (ANDI), and how it is designed specifically to facilitate code inspection-based testing. ANDI's improvements in facilitating code-based inspection improves test efficiency while also simplifying test procedures.

The presentation will provide information on what is covered in the fully revised Trusted Tester training and describe the supporting resources and reporting tools that are available for use for Trusted Testers.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5


Cynthia Clinton-Brown, Executive Director, DHS, OCIO, Office of Accessible Systems & Technology (OAST)

Katherine Eng, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 If I enroll can I complete the training or is it only partially developed?
2 When will the revised Trusted Tester course be fully available?
3 Does Version 3 Certified Trusted Tester who have successfully completed all training and successfully passed Version 3 Trusted Tester Exam need to re-enroll to start over with Version 5 certification?
4 In the past the DHS Trusted Tester Program could not be completed by a person who was blind and using screen reader technology. Has this changed or do you still have to have vision to successfully complete this training? If vision is required are there any plans to develop a Trusted Tester component that can be completed by screen reader users?
5 Is this certification and the Interagency Trusted Tester certification the same?
6 How does Trusted Tester compare to VPAT?
7 How long does it take to become a trusted tester? What's the process to become a trusted tester?

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