RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training Course

The READ Initiative in partnership with the Rick Hansen Foundation is proud to offer the Accessibility Assessor Training Course, 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 Accessibility Assessor Training Course. Please review the detailed information below.

Course Details

Effective Date: Monday, January 20th – Thursday, January 23rd & Monday, January 27th – Thursday, January 30th, 2020

Duration: 48 hours

Tuition Fee: $1,497.25

Instructor: Matthew Cole, BA (Law), BSW, MPNL

Who should take this course?

People who wish to become RHFAC Professionals or those who wish to simply apply the skills in their current role. It is recommended for professionals who are involved in assessing, designing, constructing, commissioning, or maintaining buildings or their surroundings or have related experience. They would include Architects, Engineers, Developers, Municipal Planners, Consultants, Builders, Contractors, Interior Designers, Building Code Specialists, Policymakers, Building Inspectors, Auditors or Assessors.
Prerequisites A diploma of technology in architecture, engineering, urban planning, interior design or a related program; a Journeyman Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade that is related to building construction; you are an engineer or are eligible for registration as an engineer; you are an architect or are eligible for registration as an architect;

OR you have a minimum of five years of experience that is related to building construction or planning.

Individuals with a background in disability / accessibility issues and advanced knowledge of issues regarding the built environment will also be considered.

You should possess a high level of proficiency with computer systems and programs, including MS Excel, as well as solid written and verbal communication skills.

Evaluation Full attendance and an assignment (case study)
Credential Statement of Completion or official transcript
Course Description

The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program helps improve the accessibility of the built environment.

RHFAC is a comprehensive rating system that measures the accessibility of buildings and sites and promotes increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles. This program is the only one in Canada using a rating system to identify and certify accessible built environments based on a consistent methodology.

The RHFAC Accessibility Assessor training combines theory and hands-on practice to train individuals who are planning, designing, and constructing the built environment to understand accessibility from the perspective of people with disabilities, and measure the accessibility of their venues. Participants learn how to deliver consistent, professional site evaluations that determine the level of access for people with disabilities.

The successful completion of this course is the first step towards gaining the knowledge and skills required to deliver RHFAC ratings. In order to successfully acquire RHFAC Professional designation, you must:

  • Pass this course. This requires 80% classroom attendance and successful completion of the course assignment (case study)
  • 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.
Course Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the impact of the social and physical environment on people with disabilities.
  2. Integrate relevant legislation, regulations and standards when planning and executing an assessment.
  3. Integrate Universal Design principles and standards when planning and executing an assessment.
  4. Interpret and navigate a set of construction drawings.
  5. Communicate and support assessment findings to clients, reflecting compliance and gaps related to relevant human rights and accessibility legislation, regulations and inclusive standards.
  6. Prepare a formal recommendation report of the assessment findings reflecting compliance and gaps related to relevant human rights and accessibility legislation, regulations, and Universal Design standards.
  7. Display professionalism and promote inclusiveness when working with clients.
Topics Covered:
  • Disability Awareness
  • RHF Accessibility Certification Basics
  • Legal Framework and Compliance
  • Universal Design
  • Construction Documents and Projects
Registration: Registration link coming soon.
For more information: email: read.initiative@carleton.ca

call: 613-520-2600 ext. 7323 (READ)

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