Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ Training

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Price: $2,500.00


**The next available offering will be in Spring 2020. Register your interest today and we will contact you with more details as soon as they are available!

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.

PowerED™ is pleased to partner with the Rick Hansen Foundation to deliver the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ Training online. The online course provides participants with the fundamental skills and knowledge required to rate a site using the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC).

RHFAC is a rating system that helps both building owners and tenants measure the meaningful accessibility of their sites and promotes increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles.

Upon successful completion of the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ Training, students are eligible to write the online exam, administered by CSA Group, to Become A Designated RHFAC Professional.

Once individuals obtain their RHFAC Professional designation, they are eligible to be publicly listed on the RHFAC Professional Directory.

The RHFAC program was developed by the Rick Hansen Foundation and is being offered online as a result of a partnership between PowerED™ by Athabasca University and the Foundation.

Whether you’re an architect, general contractor, engineer, urban planner, design-builder, or anyone interested in accessibility in the built environment, qualifying for an RHFAC Professional designation will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to rate a building for its overall accessibility under the RHFAC program.

The digital course includes a unique variety of enriched content including virtual fieldwork interactives, a mix of videos, activities, readings, assessment tools, and peer discussions – all offered in a coached digital environment.

Prior to starting the course, learners need to purchase the CSA B651-18 Accessible Design for the Built Environment, ensure you have a measuring tape and a camera or camera on your cell phone. The rest of the resources will be available inside of the course environment.

How It Works

Program Duration
6 weeks

8 - 12 hours per week




What You'll Learn

  • Explain the impact of the social and physical environment on people with disabilities.
  • Integrate relevant legislation, regulations, and standards needed when planning and executing a rating.
  • Integrate Universal Design principles and standards when planning and executing a rating.
  • Interpret and navigate a set of construction drawings.
  • Communicate and support rating findings to clients, and prepare a recommendation report of the rating findings, reflecting compliance and gaps related to relevant human rights and accessibility legislation, regulations, and Universal Design standards.
  • Display professionalism and promote inclusiveness when working with clients.

Certification Prerequisites

  • You have a diploma or degree in architecture, engineering, urban planning, interior design or a related program; or
  • You have 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
  • You have a minimum of five years’ experience related to accessibility in the built environment and/or building construction.
  • 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.
  • Rick Hansen Foundation and PowerED™ are pleased to announce that there is now a Course Audit option available for individuals interested in the course but do not meet the prerequisites. As a course auditor, students will learn about RHFAC’s comprehensive national rating system, measuring meaningful accessibility from the perspective of those with mobility, vision and hearing disabilities. In addition, students will learn how to promote increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles.

    Please note, as a course auditor:

  • Course auditor requests are granted upon the understanding that the student has an interest in accessibility in the built environment and that the student will be expected to participate at the same standard and pace as other students, despite not having the necessary prerequisites.
  • You will have access to course content, instruction and discussion forums; consequently, full course fees are applicable.
  • You will not be required to submit weekly or final assignments.
  • You will not receive a certificate of completion or a digital badge at the end of the course.
  • You will not be eligible for the RHFAC exam, administered by CSA Group, which is required for RHFAC Professional designation. Therefore, upon the completion of this course, you will NOT be qualified to conduct RHFAC ratings.
  • For registration and further inquires about auditing, please contact PowerED™ at powered@athabascau.ca.

Featured Leaders

Brad McCannell

Vice President, Access and Inclusion
Rick Hansen Foundation

Brad's expertise in the application of universal design comes from both personal experience and practical knowledge. In 1990, he formed Canadian Barrier Free Design Inc. (CBFD) - created to fill the gap between the application of the building code and the real needs of the community of people with disabilities. In 2015, Brad joined the Rick Hansen Foundation and was tasked with developing The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) rating program and companion assessor training.

Brad was recently appointed as a Director of the Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization (CASDO); is a member of the Canadian Committee of the International Standards Organization; is the recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Access and Inclusion Award (2010) and the Canadian Paraplegic Association’s Award Of Distinction. He became a C6-7 quadriplegic after a car accident in 1980 at age 27. He uses a wheelchair and a service dog on a daily basis.

Jenny Blome, BSc

Manager, Strategic Projects
Rick Hansen Foundation

Jenny has over a decade of experience in project management and UI design with innovative companies such as Apple. Working as the director of the built environment for the Rick Hansen Foundation, she was the architect of the RHF Accessibility Certification Rating Survey. Jenny now works with large private and government organizations to develop corporate accessibility standards, to assess and rate the current accessibility of facilities, and to follow best practice accessibility standards for all new construction projects. Past projects include organizations such as Sunnyhill Children’s Health Centre, National Capital Commission, Canadian Museum of Science and Technology, CN Tower, Concert Properties, Colliers International, University of Toronto, Infrastructure Ontario, Vancouver International Airport, BC Parks, Canadian Border Security Agency, Canada Post and Government of Canada Public Works. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Colorado, and Certification in Universal Design, University of Buffalo.

Who Will Benefit

  • Architects
  • General Contractors
  • Engineers
  • Urban Planners
  • Design-Builders
  • Anyone interested in accessibility in the built environment

Course FAQs

Is this an instructor-led course?

This course is coached by an instructor and includes moderated discussions. It has been designed by subject matter experts and includes video interviews of leading experts. It is an immersive experience with a mix of video content, field simulations, field work experiences, impactful readings, learning checks, and other interactive elements.

How much time will I need to spend?

The course contains six modules and is structured to be completed over a six-week period. You will be spending approximately 8 - 12 hours of time per week on content.

Do I have to be online at a certain time of day?

No, you do not have to be online at a specific time. You complete the coursework at the times and places that fit your schedule. Each course is designed for working professionals who are balancing their work, family, and community commitments.

When do I start?

You can start the course at the next available start date! You will be directed to the interactive learning environment when your course begins.

How long will I have access to the course?

You will have access to the course for an additional 30 days after the six-week period is complete.

What is the refund policy?

No refunds will be issued for courses. Refunds may be considered under exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Please contact powered@athabascau.ca for more information.

Are there tests or quizzes involved?

There will be activities, assignments, and short quizzes within the course to ensure you understand the content. All quizzes are designed to be accessible and easy to complete by engaging in the course content. Within each module, you will have the answers to each evaluation.

What are the computer requirements for this course?

If you can access the Internet, you can access the course environment. The course environment is compatible with laptops, PCs, tablets and smart phones.

Does this course have prerequisites?

Yes, you must have prerequisites to register in this course. Please see the Certification Prerequisites section above.

Who do I contact if I need help?

You can contact powered@athabascau.ca for assistance with any questions you may have. We are here to help!

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