The CASp program is designed to meet the public's need for experienced, trained, and tested individuals who can inspect buildings and sites for compliance with applicable state and federal construction-related accessibility standards. This program is governed by the Title 21 Voluntary Certified Access Specialist Program Regulations and applies to any individuals who seek certification or do business as a CASp.

The CASp Program application, examination, certification, and certification maintenance process is outlined below. It contains information on how to become a certified access specialist, fees associated with the certification program, and a description of the CASp scope of work.

Information on how to hire a CASp is located on the CASp Property Inspection webpage.

Step 1: Submit an Application

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; however, in order for a candidate to be considered eligible for the next examination administration, the CASp Program must be in receipt of the candidate eligibility application and application fee a minimum of two business days prior to the examination registration deadline, to allow for application processing, request for additional information if required, and for confirmation of eligibility to be sent to the candidate. (The review may take more than two days. Please allow additional time, if possible.) You must have an approved application prior to registering for an examination.

There are two methods for applying:
  1. Online through the CASp Account Login.
  2. By mail (only check payments may accompany a mail-in registration) with a completed CASp eligibility application (DSA 600-A).

The application fee is $500 for Eligibility Category A, B, or C. The fee is $100 for Eligibility Category D. (Refer to the handbook for explanation of the categories.)

Step 2: Register for an Examination

There are two examinations: Open Book and Closed Book. The cost is $400 per examination and the fee is non-refundable. You may register for one or both examination portions. Registration closes one month prior to the examination date or when the exam reaches the maximum capacity seating, whichever occurs first.

After confirmation of eligibility, you may register for an examination.

There are two methods of registration:
  1. Online through the CASp Account Login.
  2. By mail (only check payments may accompany a mail-in registration) with a completed CASp Examination Registration form (DSA 601).

A candidate will receive his/her CASp examination results by mail within six to eight weeks of taking the examination.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Process

Once you have eligible passing scores for both the Open Book and Closed Book examinations, you may complete the certification process. Once the following two items are received, your name is published on the Certified Access Specialists List.

  1. Submit to the CASp Program an original signed Disclosure of Social Security Number and/or Federal Taxpayer Identification Number (DSA 650) form, by mail. Your certification will not be processed until this this form is received by the CASp Program.
  2. Pay the $300 certification fee.

Certification is valid for a three-year period beginning on the date stipulated in the letter of certification confirmation by the State Architect (typically the date of your certification fee payment). For more information on working as a CASp and maintaining certification, please review DSA's resource documents below.

Examination dates and locations are subject to change. All registered candidates will be notified should changes take place. Register for the examination through your CASp Account Login. The list is sortable by location and date.

Please arrive at the check-in time for each exam for registration, announcements and seating. Check-in lasts approximately 30 minutes. A 15-minute period will be provided for reviewing the plan set prior to the start of the open book exam. The timed examination begins after the proctor reads the instructions.

June 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO - Four Points by Sheraton, 4900 Duckhorn Drive, Sacramento, CA 95834
HAWTHORNE -  Hawthorne Memorial Center, 3901 W. El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250

Registration closes May 15, 2019.

OPEN BOOK EXAMINATION - Morning

  • Check in begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Two-hour examination.
  • Project Type - A New Hotel
  • List of References

CLOSED BOOK EXAMINATION - Afternoon

  • Check in begins at 1:30 p.m.
  • 90-minute examination.

Additional Examinations

The last exam for the calendar year will be on October 16, 2019 . The October exam will be posted upon securing examination sites. The 2020 examination dates and locations are not yet available. Dates and locations are subject to change.

Certification renewal is required every three years. We ask that you submit your renewal application no earlier than six months prior to the expiration date. A CASp that submits certification renewal information electronically within two days of certification expiration may place in jeopardy completing the certification renewal process by the expiration date.

There are two methods for renewal:
  1. Online through the CASp Account Login.
  2. By mail (only check payments may accompany a mail-in registration) with a completed CASp Certificate Renewal Application (DSA 600-R) form.
The renewal process includes two fees:
  1. CEU Verification Fee: $200
  2. Certification Fee: $300

A certification that has expired may be renewed within one year of expiration provided the holder of the expired certification was not on suspended status at the time of certification expiration, has met the requirements of certification renewal, and has paid a $150.00 delinquency fee in addition to certification renewal fees.

Certification maintenance information, including information regarding Continuing Education Units (CEU) required for certification renewal, can be found in the CASp Examination, Certification, and Practice Standards Handbook. It is imperative that you download and read this document prior to purchasing classes and obtaining CEU so that you know the CEU requirements for certification maintenance.

 

DSA Academy offers a CASp 101 class to assist CASps in gaining a better understanding of disability access statutes and in providing services as a CASp. This class offers 5 CEUs to satisfy CASp, AIA, ICC, and California Architects Board continuing education requirements.

 

DSA does not certify providers of continuing education. Possible sources of continuing education are available at the following links:

 

For CEU relating to California Building Code updates:

For CEU relating to federal accessibility standards and guidelines:

DSA has made available for purchase numbered Disability Access Inspection Certificates (DAIC) for a price of $10 each. Certificates are available for purchase by a jurisdictional agency or a CASp in private practice, and are issued only to CASps.Requests for purchase of Disability Access Inspection Certificates are to be directed to the CASp Program at:

                Division of the State Architect
                CASp Program
                1102 Q Street, Suite 5100
                Sacramento, CA 95811

Along with your check payment, please include the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your CASp certification number
  • The number of certificates you are purchasing
  • The address to which DSA should mail the certificates

Disability Access Inspection Certificates will be sent by US Mail, or can be picked up at DSA Headquarters in Sacramento. Overnight shipping is available for an additional fee. For a quote on the overnight shipping cost, please call (916) 323-2737 and let us know how many certificates will be in your order.

How do I become certified?

Information regarding the process for becoming a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) is detailed in the CASp Examination, Certification, and Practice Standards Handbook. It is imperative that you download and read this document prior to applying to the CASp program. This handbook is designed to guide you through the CASp program application, examination, certification, and certification maintenance process. It contains information on how to become a CASp, and on fees associated with the certification program. In addition, information is provided on the format, administration, and content of the CASp examination along with sample examination questions and answers. This handbook also contains the requirements for certification maintenance and renewal, along with information on the disciplinary process of the certification program. It is your responsibility to read the handbook carefully and become familiar with the procedures and policies contained therein.

Where do I find information about being a CASp?

Prior to applying for qualification into the program, we recommend you download and read both the CASp Examination, Certification, and Practice Standards Handbook and the complete text of the CASp Program Regulations. The CASp Program certifies through examination an individual's knowledge of various accessibility codes, standards, and regulations. The CASp Program Regulations state the criteria for eligibility, examination, and professional conduct and are designed to assure the public that CASps possess the expertise to assess facilities for compliance with construction-related accessibility standards.

How do I apply to the CASp program?

DSA prefers that all applicants apply to the program online. Application to the program, registration for the CASp Examination, application for certification renewal, and payment of all required fees for certification can be processed online through the CASp Account Login. DSA currently accepts Visa and MasterCard for payment by credit card using our secure pay-online system. Before completing the application, you should thoroughly read the CASp Examination, Certification, and Practice Standards Handbook, as the application fee is nonrefundable. Application and payment must be received a minimum of two business days prior to the CASp Examination registration deadline stipulated on the "Examination Dates and Deadlines" section on this webpage.

If necessary, you can apply to the program by mail, by downloading form DSA 600-A: CASp Eligibility Application (PDF). Before completing the application, you should thoroughly read the CASp Examination, Certification, and Practice Standards Handbook and form instructions. If applying by mail, DSA recommends that you submit your application and payment at least two weeks prior to the examination registration deadline listed on the CASp Examination Dates and Deadlines webpage to allow for DSA approval of your application and your subsequent CASp Examination registration by mail.

If sending your application and payment by mail, please mail to:

Division of the State Architect
CASp Program
1102 Q Street, Suite 5100
Sacramento, CA 95811

Notice of candidate eligibility or denial of eligibility will be sent to your email address if an email address was included on your application. If an email address was not provided, notice of candidate eligibility or denial of eligibility will be mailed to the address indicated on your application. If eligibility is confirmed, you will be able to register for the CASp Examination.

How do I register for the CASp examination?

DSA prefers that all candidates register for the exam online through the CASp Account Login. Select the date and place of the examination you wish to attend and pay the examination fee by Visa or MasterCard using our secure pay-online system. The examination fee is nonrefundable. Registration and payment must be received by the examination registration deadline stipulated on the CASp Examination Dates and Deadlines webpage.

If necessary, you can register for the examination by mail, by downloading form DSA 601: CASp Examination Registration. Before completing the application, please thoroughly read the CASp Examination, Certification, and Practice Standards Handbook and the form instructions. Registration and payment must be received by DSA by the examination registration deadline stipulated on the "Examination Dates and Deadlines" section on this webpage.

If sending your examination registration and payment by mail, please mail to:

Division of the State Architect
CASp Program
1102 Q Street, Suite 5100
Sacramento, CA 95811

Confirmation of successful examination registration will be sent to your email address if an email address was included on your examination registration form. If an email address was not provided, confirmation will be mailed to the address indicated on the examination registration form.

What if I need a reasonable accommodation to take the examination?

Examination facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require a testing accommodation, please download and read ADA Test Accommodation(s) Guidelines for the CASp Examination. Candidates requesting a test accommodation(s) must read form instructions and then submit form DSA 602: CASp Test Accommodations Request and form DSA 603: CASp Test Accommodations Request Questionnaire to DSA. All reasonable accommodation requests and required documentation must be mailed and must be postmarked by the examination registration deadline listed on the "Examination Dates and Deadlines" section of this webpage; however, DSA strongly recommends that you submit your reasonable accommodations request and all required documentation as early as possible in order to ensure adequate time for DSA to arrange necessary accommodations. Please review the CASp Examination, Certification, and Practice Standards Handbook for additional information.

What is the cancellation policy if I have registered for an examination?

A candidate who has registered for an examination and is unable to attend must notify the DSA CASp program at least two business days prior to the examination date, in order to receive credit of the examination fee towards a future examination date. If advance notification is not provided and/or the candidate does not appear for the examination, the candidate will forfeit the examination fee.

How do I update my contact information?

To update contact information, log in with your established username and password at the CASp Account Login and select “My Contact Information” from the main menu. Revise your contact information and click on the “Update” button.

What should I do if I have forgotten my password?

If you have forgotten your password, you may request a password reset from the system. Go to the CASp Account Login and select “Forgot My Password.” Answer the security question you selected when you created your account profile. If the correct answer to the question is submitted, a password reset will be emailed to you. If you experience problems obtaining a password reset, email CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov or call the CASp Program at (916) 323-2737.

How do I change my password?

To change your password, log in with your established username and password at the CASp Account Login and select the link to “Change Password,” which can be found under the “My CASp” tab at the upper left corner of the webpage. Enter your current password under “Password” and then enter your “New Password” and confirm your new password by entering identical characters. When you have completed your entries, click on the “Update” button. You will receive confirmation by email that your account profile was successfully updated. Next time you log in, use your new password. If you experience problems changing your password, email CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov or call the CASp Program at (916) 323-2737.

How do I renew my certification?

The CASp Examination, Certification, and Practice Standards Handbook was designed to guide you through the certification maintenance and renewal process and it is imperative that you download and read this document prior to renewing certification. The Division of the State Architect (DSA) prefers all applicants to apply for certification renewal online through the CASp Account Login. Access the link for “My CASp Certification Renewal” and then the link to “Apply for Renewal.”

A nonrefundable $200.00 Application Evaluation Fee is required upon submission of your certification renewal application. Additionally, if DSA has issued any disability inspection certificates to you, you must submit a record of every disability inspection certificates issued to you, which must include the number of each certificate as well as the name and address of the facility inspected. The record should include a status of “VOID” for any certificates you voided, and “UNISSUED” for any certificates that have not yet been issued. Any information pertaining to the determination of the facility as “CASp-inspected” or “meets applicable standards” must be redacted prior to submittal to DSA. Please email your record to CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov, or mail your record to:

Division of the State Architect
CASp Program
1102 Q Street, Suite 5100
Sacramento, CA 95811

Upon approval of your continuing education units (CEUs), a non-refundable $300.00 Certification Fee to cover program administration for a three-year period of certification is required. DSA currently accepts Visa and MasterCard for payment by credit card using our secure pay-on-line system.

All renewal information (including continuing education information, payments, and, if applicable, the record of disability inspection certificates) must be received and approved by DSA prior to current certification expiration. Upon receipt of payment, DSA will mail you a confirmation letter of successful renewal and an official CASp certificate with your new expiration date.

Please note that your certification renewal application will not be processed unless DSA has a copy of your form DSA 650: Disclosure of Social Security Number and/or Federal Taxpayer Identification Number. If you did not send this information at initial certification or with a prior renewal, please see DSA’s AB 1424 Notification on the Certification  for information and carefully read all instructions before completing the Form DSA 650.

Can I renew my certification by mail?

Although DSA prefers that you complete certification renewal information online, you can download, complete, and mail the form DSA 600-R: CASp Certification Renewal Application. Please read all form instructions and the CASp Examination, Certification, and Practice Standards Handbook before applying for certification renewal.

All renewal information (including continuing education information, payments, and, if applicable, record of disability inspection certificates) must be received and approved by DSA prior to current certification expiration. Upon receipt of payment, DSA will mail you a confirmation letter of successful renewal and an official CASp certificate with your new expiration date.

What if I fail to renew by my certification expiration date?

An expired certification may be reinstated within the first year after expiration, provided that you meet all certification renewal requirements and pay an additional $150.00 delinquency fee. You may not practice as a CASp while your certification is expired. If you let your certification lapse for a year or longer, you must repeat the examination process if you decide you want to become CASp certified again.

How do I update my contact information?

To update contact information, log in with your established username and password at the CASp Account Login page and select "My Contact Information" from the main menu. Revise contact information and click on the “Update” button. You will receive confirmation via email that your account profile was successfully updated.

What should I do if I have forgotten my password?

If you have forgotten your password, you may request a password reset from the system. Go to the CASp Account Login and select “Forgot My Password.” Answer the security question you selected when you created your account profile. If the correct answer to the question is submitted, a password reset will be emailed to you. If you experience problems obtaining a password reset, email CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov or call the CASp Program at (916) 323-2737.

How do I change my password?

To change your password, log in with your established username and password at the CASp Account Login and select the link to “Change Password,” which can be found under the “My CASp” tab at the upper left corner of the webpage. Enter your current password under “Password” and then enter your “New Password” and confirm your new password by entering identical characters. When you have completed your entries, click on the “Update” button. You will receive confirmation by email that your account profile was successfully updated. Next time you log in, use your new password. If you experience problems changing your password, email CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov or call the CASp Program at (916) 323-2737.

Contact the CASp Program

Division of the State Architect Headquarters
1102 Q Street, Suite 5100
Sacramento, CA 95811

 

Phone (916) 323-2737

casprogram@dgs.ca.gov