The READ Initiative 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. Please review the detailed information below, including where to register.

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Please review the detailed information below.

Course Details

Upcoming Course: 

Duration: 48 hours


Fall Session

Week 1 of 2: Monday, October 25th to Thursday October 28th

Week 2 of 2: November 1st to Thursday, November 4th

Spring Session

Week 1 or 2: Monday, June 13th  to Thursday, June 16th

Week 2 of 2: Monday, June 20th to Thursday, June 23rd


The training is a blended learning model meaning there are both synchronous and asynchronous activities.

  • Synchronous (real-time) learning with the Instructor Matthew Cole and your classmates will occur via Zoom and will go from approximately 9:00am to 1:00pm EST.
  • Asynchronous (not live) needs to be completed before the start of the next live meeting.

Tuition Fee: $1864.50 (tax included)

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.
  • A diploma of technology in architecture, engineering, urban planning, interior design or a related program; or
  • A Journeyman Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade related to building construction; or
  • You are an engineer or are eligible for registration as an engineer; or
  • You are an architect or are eligible for registration as an architect; or
  • A minimum of five years’ experience related to accessibility in the built environment
  • 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

One in five Canadians has a disability and with our aging 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. 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:

  • Explain the impact of the social and physical environment on people with disabilities.
  • Integrate Universal Design principles and standards when planning and executing a rating.
  • Interpret and navigate a set of construction drawings for a pre-construction rating.
  • Understand the rating and certification process.
  • Understand how to register and submit a rating to the RHFAC Registry.
  • Consistently apply the Rating Survey to varied types of built environments.
  • Understand how to write a “Key Areas of Success and Improvement” report to accompany the Rating Scorecard.
Topics Covered:
  • Disability Awareness
  • RHF Accessibility Certification Basics
  • Legal Framework and Compliance
  • Universal Design
  • Construction Documents and Projects
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call: 613-520-2600 ext. 7323 (READ)