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The Americans with Disabilities Act requires state and local entities with over 50 employees to designate an ADA Coordinator to oversee and coordinate ADA compliance. The U.S. Department also strongly recommends that smaller entities also designate an ADA Coordinator as they have the same compliance obligations as larger entities. Since the passage of the ADA in 1990 business,corporations, industries,non-profit agencies, and private k-12 and post-secondary institutions have found having an ADA Coordinator to be essential to meeting ADA compliance obligations. The position of ADA Coordinator, once relatively obscure has now become common-place.

The Great Plains ADA Center, as part of the ADA National Network, provides technical assistance and training to numerous ADA Coordinators. These individuals expressed a need for training more specific to their unique responsibilities and a source of support and professional growth. In response, the Great Plains ADA Center and the University of Missouri School of Health Professions Disability Studies and Policy Center formed an Advisory Board of experienced ADA Coordinators, met with focus groups and conducted surveys of ADA Coordinators. Input from these sources led to the development of the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP).

ACTCP Overview

ACTCP serves five major functions.
  • Establishes a knowledge base essential to performing the role of an ADA Coordinator.
  • Verifies quality sources of training and content.
  • Verifies completions of training credits. (40 required)
  • Provides an examination to demonstrate mastery of content.
  • Provides professional support to members.

  • The above services are coordinated and administered by the Great Plains ADA Center. Policy and programming of the certification is overseen and issued by the University of Missouri- College of Human and Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies and is valid for three years. 

    The ADA Coordinator Training Certification is a professional certificate . The individual receives certification that they have completed an established training content from quality sources and have proven mastery of the content through examination. 


    Individuals are approved to use the designated initials ADAC as a way to show they have met the requirements and have been issued the certification.

    How it Works

    Individuals must become members of ACTCP to work toward certification or take advantage of other services. The initial membership fee is $300.
    Members of ACTCP then receive "training credits" as they complete training content areas identified in the program (40 credits). Once the 40 training credits are completed, members must pass an on-line examination. Certification for three years is issued by MU College of Human and Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies. Certification may be extended each year after that by meeting the renewal criteria listed on the requirements page.

    Note: ACTCP does not directly provide all training needed to complete the 40 credits online. The ACTCP does provide some online content and we work in conjunction with the National Network of ADA Centers to utilize their online courses, however not all required coursework is offered online.Participants may need to attend one or more of our in-person trainings to complete the required 40 credits. 
    Participants may also use other outside sources of training to complete their training credit requirements, if approved by ACTCP.
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