International Partnership Program

The GCA™ International Partnership Program was created to help organizations around the world better understand the technical, production, and business aspects of certifying accessible EPUBs. The program was designed to meet our international partners wherever they are in their EPUB accessibility journey.
The partnership program consists of three phases:

Phase 1 — Becoming Born Accessible Aware

We’ll help partners raise awareness and increase understanding of the market, technical, and workflow issues related to Born Accessible content.

This phase includes three presentations:

  • Why Born Accessible EPUBs are important
  • How publishers can prepare EPUBs and bring them to market
  • How to evaluate and validate EPUB files

These presentations are suitable for a general audience, including those new to accessibility.

Phase 2 — Becoming GCA Aware

In this phase, partners will learn how to represent the GCA service to their local publishing community.

This phase includes four presentations:

  • The full EPUB ecosystem from author to reader
  • Operational details around the GCA program
  • Technical details involved in certification
  • The GCA process flow

These presentations are geared toward a moderately technical audience.

Phase 3 — Becoming a Full GCA Partner

Partners will be able to perform the entire GCA process with their own staff, in their own language, for publishers in their local market.

This phase includes six presentations, for up to six individuals, covering topics such as:

  • All GCA standards and best practices
  • Software tools
  • Reports and recommendations
  • Examples, homework assignments, and live conversions with local publishers

This phase is for technically proficient audiences.


Every GCA International Partnership Program contract will be different as each partner will have unique circumstances. Full consideration will be giving to items such as:

  • Local Currency Issues
  • Local Employment Issues
  • Local Publishing Issues

For more information, contact Michael Johnson at