ICT Testing Baseline
Baseline tests of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) attempt to reduce ambiguity, increase consistency of results, and emphasize methods and techniques to reliably meet federal accessibility requirements.
The ICT Testing Baseline describes how to evaluate conformance to the Revised 508 Standards, which align with WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA Success Criteria. It is organized by categories to help you easily identify applicable requirements. Note that the Baseline is not a test process and does not include testing tools; rather, it should be used to create an accessibility test process.
Email the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Accessibility Helpdesk at Accessibility@HQ.DHS.GOV with questions.
DHS Trusted Tester Process & Certification Program
The DHS Trusted Tester Process is a manual test approach that aligns with the ICT Testing Baseline, and provides repeatable and reliable conformance test results. DHS offers training and formal accessibility testing certification for using the DHS Trusted Tester Process. Agencies that adopt the Trusted Tester Process only accept test results from individuals who have been certified as Trusted Testers.
- DHS Trusted Tester Process and Certification Program
- DHS Trusted Tester Training Self-Enrollment Portal
- Trusted Tester - Section 508 Conformance Test Process for Web
- Trusted Tester V5 Testing Tools
Note that DHS no longer provides training and certification on Trusted Tester v4.0.
- Trusted Tester Awareness Webinar - Overview of the purpose, benefits, and components of the Trusted Tester certification program
The resources on this page were created through interagency collaborative efforts sponsored under the Accessibility Community of Practice (ACoP), a committee under the Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council and the Federal Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO) Council. These resources are endorsed by the ACoP for use across the US Government for validating conformance to the Revised 508 Standards.
Reviewed/Updated: June 2021