Test takers must notify the AAC or ATS organization of a special need for accommodation prior to a scheduled testing session. Test takers must provide some type of documentation from a professional qualified to diagnose the disability to receive an accommodation. Individual Education Plans (IEP) are acceptable as proof of the need for accommodation for High School students. The AAC or ATS organization is required to maintain a copy of documentation or IEP paperwork on file.  NCCER only allows an accommodation that does not change or alter the content of the test. Examples of approved accommodations include extended testing time and tests being read aloud by an NCCER certified Proctor. NCCER policy prohibits the translation or interpretation of any test for a test taker.


Section 5.3.0 Special Needs/Accommodations of the Accredited Training Sponsor (ATS) Guidelines states the following requirements:

  1. "Ensure all registering of individuals, program administration, testing, credentialing, and release/reporting of information be conducted without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or any other reason prohibited by local, state, federal regulations or other applicable national regulations.
  2. The Instructor must receive the approval of the Sponsor Representative for any accommodations that must be made for a trainee.
  3. For high school students, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is acceptable as proof of the need for an accommodation as long as the accommodation does not change the module exam itself.
  4. Module exams may not be read aloud to a group. If a trainee must have a module exam read, it must be done one-on-one, preferably by someone without knowledge of the craft or test.
  5. Neither the lack of general reading ability, nor the lack of the ability to read English qualifies a participant for ADA accommodations. Interpretation or translation of a module exam into another language is NOT acceptable."


Section 5.2.0 Special Needs/Accommodations of the Accredited Assessment Center (AAC) Guidelines & NCACP Procedures states the following requirements:

  1. "Ensure all registering of individuals, program administration, testing, credentialing, and release/reporting of information be conducted without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or any other reason prohibited by local, state, federal regulations or other applicable national regulations.
  2. Participant must notify the Primary Administrator of any accommodations required before the assessment and/or performance verification.
  3. Participant must provide written notification from a professional qualified to diagnose the disability. The Primary Administrator or another qualified individual must review the request and determine what accommodation is necessary.
  4. The accommodation may not alter or change the assessment’s content.
  5. Neither the lack of general reading ability nor the lack of the ability to read English qualifies a participant for ADA accommodations. Interpretation or translation of assessments into another language is NOT acceptable and constitutes a violation of NCCER policy."