The Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program was created by Senate Bill 262 (Chapter 872, 2003) and 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. The CASp program is governed by Title 21 Voluntary Certified Access Specialist Program Regulations.
Revised regulations for the CASp program went into effect on May 9, 2016:
The following lists are continuously updated by the Division of the State Architect (DSA):
Stay up to date on the CASp program by joining DSA’s email notification list.
Certified Access Specialists & Examination Candidates
CASps have successfully passed a comprehensive exam administered by DSA to ensure they are knowledgeable on the applicable building code for existing buildings of all ages.
Materials For CASps
Business Owners, Property Owners and Consumers
Having a business/property reviewed by a CASp shows that you care about ensuring equal access for all of your customers, and that you intend to follow the law. The good-faith effort of hiring a CASp may lessen your liability and provide certain legal benefits if an accessibility claim is filed against you.
City and County Offices
The CASp program receives funding through a one-dollar fee collected by California cities and counties when business licenses and equivalent permits are issued or renewed. All jurisdictions within California are subject to the Senate Bill (SB) 1186 Fee and Reporting Requirements.
Local jurisdictions can help inform businesses and commercial landlords in their communities about their rights and responsibilities under the law. DSA produced the CASp Benefits Flyer for Business Owners (PDF – 344KB) to help local jurisdictions get the word out.
- CASp Certification: (916) 323-2737 or email CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov.
- CASp Renewal: (916) 324-8932 or email CASprogram@dgs.ca.gov.
- CASp Program Administration and Services Provided by a CASp: (916) 322-2490.
- DSA Technical Assistance Helpline (For accessibility provisions of Chapter 11B of the California Building Code): (916) 445-5827.
Additional Resources for Accessibility Information
CalCAP/ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act Financing Program
California Commission on Disability Access
Department of Rehabilitation – Disability Access Services