The Accessibility Institute in partnership with the Rick Hansen Foundation is proud to offer the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training, as part of the Accessibility Certification program (RHFAC). With its long established leadership in accessibility and extensive expertise in the field, Carleton University is an ideal host institution for the RHFAC Training Course.

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What is Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™?

One in five Canadians has a disability and with our ageing population, the need for increased accessibility in our communities continues to grow. Be at the forefront of Canada’s growing accessibility movement with Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training. Using a comprehensive national rating system, RHFAC measures meaningful accessibility from the perspective of those with mobility, vision and hearing disabilities, and promotes increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles.

This course teaches individuals how to use the RHFAC methodology to rate buildings on their level of meaningful access. Upon successful completion and passing the subsequent RHFAC Professional exam, individuals will obtain their RHFAC Professional designation, qualifying them to conduct RHFAC ratings.

  • Pass this course. Complete all eight, self-paced course modules and successful completion of the final course evaluation.
  • Pass the RHFAC Professional Exam developed by RHF and facilitated by CSA Group. Note that this exam is not administered as part of this course. For more information, check out: Become a Designated RHFAC Professional

Course Description

How It Works

Upcoming Course Dates


Spring 2024



 8 Weeks (Self-paced)

Course Delivery 

Course Delivery 




 Statement of Completion



Matthew Cole, BA (Law), BSW, MPNL



(tax included)

Upcoming Course Dates

Registration for Spring 2024 is now closed. Please contact the Accessibility Institute for future RHFAC course dates.

Course Delivery – Online

The RHFAC training course is delivered as a series of eight self-paced (asynchronous), online learning modules. Students are expected to complete two modules per week over the duration of the course.

There will be virtual discussion questions and/or brief quizzes at the end of each module to assess individual learning. These will help students measure their own progress and understanding and do not count towards the final course evaluation.

The instructor will offer live virtual office hours on a weekly basis during which students can ask questions and seek clarification about course content.

A project will be assigned at the end of the course and will be used as the final course evaluation. The project will be due four weeks after the course end date.

Credential – Statement of Completion

When you successfully complete and pass the subsequent RHFAC Professional exam, you may obtain your RHFAC Professional Designation, which qualifies you to conduct RHFAC ratings.

Instructor – Matthew Cole

Matthew began managing Attendant Services in 1993. He holds undergraduate degrees in law and social work and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management. As Executive Director of Attendant Services, he is responsible for its overall operations. He also addresses accessibility issues on campus.


The cost to take the RHFAC training course is $1,864.50 (tax included).

Grant funding to cover the cost of this course is available. To be eligible, students must be Ontario residents or identify as an individual with a disability. Find out more at RickHansen.com.

There are additional costs associated with the exam and with maintaining an active Professional Designation.

The exam is $350.00 + applicable taxes (cost to re-take the exam is $200.00+ applicable taxes).

Professionals must join the Accessibility Professional Network (APN) for an Annual fee of $225 and must maintain their designation through 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) a year. These credits can be attained through monthly APN webinars and attending the APN Conference.


The RHFAC rating standard helps us understand that accessibility is broader than a focus on wheelchair users and takes into account the needs of people with vision, hearing and cognitive disabilities. Accessibility is more than a ramp!
– Stanis Smith, Architect

The Chamber is an employer of choice, and we needed to make sure that everyone, guests and employees, feel welcomed and comfortable. With that ideal in mind, we set out to make the overall experience as barrier-free as possible, for as many needs as possible. Achieving certification from Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification speaks directly to that goal.
– Jackie King, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The RHFAC training has helped BOMA broaden our understanding of the real needs of the users and the importance of bridging the gap between basic building code and real building accessibility. This will pay real dividends moving forward for our tenants, our owner managers and ourselves.
– Benjamin Shinewald, President and CEO, Building, BOMA Building Owners and Managers Association

For More Information

Email: accessibility.institute@carleton.ca

Call: 613-520-2600 ext. 7323

Visit: rickhansen.com/become-accessible/professional-training