What is a Certified Access Specialist?
A Certified Access Specialist (CASp) is a qualified professional certified by the State of California, with expertise in the field of state and federal accessibility standards and regulations. These professionals will know can advise you on which standards apply to you property based on its history and other related factors. Although design professionals such as engineers and architects can evaluate your property for accessibility, a CASp inspection can offer you status as a “qualified defendant”. This legal status provides added benefits such as reduced statutory damages from compliance violations.
How do I find a CASp?
You can find a list of Certified Access Specialists on the State of California’s website . To make your search easier you can sort the list by name, phone number and geographic area. Those with a “Yes” in the “Do Inspections” column are independent CASps who are available for hire. You may also consult with a Certified Access Specialist by contacting your local city council to obtain information on California Accessibility standards.
The disability access inspection certificate (Certificate) is a record of inspection, not a certificate of compliance. A CASp does not certify that a facility meets compliance with issuance of a Certificate. However, a certificate is required to be issued to you with a CASp inspection report whether or not your facility is determined to meet applicable construction-related accessibility standards.
The Certificate number is recorded by the CASp in a record book maintained for that purpose and identifies that the certificate is issued in conjunction with a specific CASp inspection report. You are not required to post the Certificate at the facility that was inspected, but you should have it readily available to offer it as proof that your facility has been inspected. CASp inspection reports, however, should remain confidential and should only be disclosed after seeking the advice of an attorney.