Redwood Empire
Association of
Code Officials
What is a
Certified Access Specialist?
Certified Access Specialists
are individuals who have
met the stringent criteria as
determined by the California
State Architectʼs Office.
The criteria includes testing
on knowledge sufficient to review, inspect and
advocate universal design requirements and
standards governing access to the built
environment for persons with disabilities.
Effective July 1, 2010 California Senate Bill
No. 1608 requires every local agency shall
employ or retain at least one building
inspector who is a Certified Access Specialist
(CASp). The CASp shall provide consultation
to the local agency, permit applicants, and
members of the public on compliance with the
stateʼs accessibility standards with respect to
permitting, construction and inspections of a
place of public accommodation.
This two full-day training event will address specific
disabled access code sections and issues that relate
mainly to the Certified Access Specialist Exam through
the State of California under the authority of Senate Bill
262 (Chapter 872/Statutes of 2003) authorizing the State Architect to establish and
publicize a program for voluntary cert!
ification. This training will highlight Title II
and III of the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA), Americans with Disabilities Act
Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), CBC
Title 24, Part 2, and much more.
Certified Access
Specialist Program
(CASp) Training
Who Should Attend ?
This training is geared towards those who are pursuing to
become a Certified Access Specialist, as well as
interested persons involved with building codes, such as
contractors, inspectors, plans examiners, building
officials, architects, engineers and design professionals.
Commencing January 1, 2014,
one half of the building
inspectors for local agencies
shall be Certified Access
Specialists to conduct
permitting and plan check
The course also qualifies for continued
education toward Architectʼs license renewal.
Time: "
Wednesday, May 5th &
Thursday, May 6th, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Continental breakfast, lunch &
refreshments are included.
Located in beautiful Sonoma County approximately
1 hour 15 min north of San Francisco along the 101.
9291 Old Redwood Hwy
Windsor, CA 95492
Ms. Gilda Puente-Peters,
Section 134. Candidate Examination. The exam
shall assess each candidate’s knowledge of access
laws, codes and regulations. The examination may
cover a variety of areas including:
Gilda Puente-Peters is a registered
Architect with over 27 years of broadly
diversified experience in the Architectural
field. She has specialized for the last 20
years in Accessibility and Universal Design,
Education, Design and Construction.
a) Public Services (Title II), Public Accommodations
and Services Operated by Private Entities (Title III),
and Miscellaneous Provisions (Title V) of the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC
Chapter 126), and promulgating regulations, the
Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility
Guidelines (ADAAG).
b) Regulations for accessibility throughout all parts of
the current edition of the C.C.R., Title 24, California
Building Standards Code.
c) California Laws for accessibility in the Government
Code, Health and Safety Code, and Civil Code.
Ms. Puente-Peters has served as a
member of the California Division of the
State Architectʼs Subject Matter Experts
Committee to advise in the creation of the
Stateʼs Access Specialist Program assisting
them to develop the training program as
well as designing the test for the CASp
Certification Program. Ms. Puente-Peters is
a Certified Access Specialist with the State
of California.
Ms. Puente-Peters has provided many
Accessibility Training Seminars throughout
California as well as nationally and
internationally. She has developed, in
partnership with the Division of State
a State-wide access Plan
Review training system through power
point, training materials, plan review
exercises and demonstrations.
d) Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 (42 USC
Sections 3601–3620) and promulgated technical
guidance in the Fair Housing Accessibility
e) Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, as amended (42
USC Section 4151 et seq) and promulgating
regulations, the Uniform Federal Accessibility
Standards (UFAS).
f) American National Standard for Accessible and
Usable Buildings and Facilities (ANSI A117.1).
g) California Department of Housing and Community
Development (HCD) A Voluntary Model Universal
Design Local Ordinance (AB 2787) (Chapter 726 of
Statutes of 2002, adopted Section 17959 of the
Health & Safety Code) most recent edition.
h) HCD New Home Universal Design Checklist
(Section 17959.6 of the Health and Safety Code) the
most recent edition.
REACO MEMBERS -------------- $200.00
NON-MEMBERS ------------------ $275.00
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Registration Form
Registration Procedures
To register by mail: Please complete the registration form
and return via mail with your fee payment in the form of
check or money order, made payable to REACO,
Please print clearly in ink or type.
Return the completed form with payment by mail:
P.O.Box 326, 1007B West College
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
To register by e-mail: send contact information to
[email protected] and an invoice will be returned, via
email, where you may pay the registration fees with credit
card or through your “PayPal” account.
To register by phone: call David Lopez, REACO CASp
Training Coordinator at 707-888-5163. REACO will take
your info and send an invoice, via e-mail, where you may
pay the registration fees with credit card or through your
“PayPal” account.
Do not send or provide Credit Card information. For security
reasons we cannot input your Credit Card information.
There is limited seating for this training.
DEADLINE: Registration deadline is APRIL 30th, 2010.
Last Name
First Name
Business Address
Business Phone ! !
Cell Phone
e-mail Address (Mandatory)
Attendees will receive: training, a certificate of completion, a
3“ thick course materials binder containing the presentation
and other CASp study materials, continental breakfast, lunch
and refreshments.