RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training

One in seven Canadian adults currently identify as having a disability affecting their mobility, vision, or hearing. This number is projected to increase to as high as one in five by 2036. This means rethinking how we access and use our public buildings and spaces.

VCC and The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) have partnered to offer this program in order to build on Rick Hansen’s original reason behind his journey – to remove barriers and liberate the potential of people with disabilities.

With a combination of theory and hands-on practice, the course helps people planning, designing, and constructing the built environment understand accessibility form the perspective of people with disabilities, and measure the accessibility of their venues.

Find out more about Rick Hansen's Accessibility Certification Program in this video from Accessible Media Inc.

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
September, January or April 60-hours over 2-weeks Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certificate Broadway Full-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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Program Description

Program Description

Accessible environments today must anticipate the needs of people of all ages, stages, and abilities, including children, parents, older adults, and seniors. More than just having an accessible washroom, meaningful access is determined by the user’s complete experience of a building. It’s the facility as a whole—the connecting pathways, sidewalks, entrances, doors, and hallways—which determine the real accessibility of a building. The first step toward creating inclusive communities is to identify the current level of access being provided.

The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) has developed the Accessibility Certification Program, a universal rating scale to identify and acknowledge excellence in accessible built environments. The program helps planners, developers and operators manage their access strategies by first creating an inventory of access issues, and then providing a roadmap to improving access as part of long-term planning moving forward.

Through interactive instructor presentations, in-class exercises, disability simulation experiences, reading assignments, and small and large group work including discussion and debriefing, participants will be able to able to apply their skills and knowledge in a variety of different situations within the built environment upon completion of the course.

Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

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Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

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Program Coordinator: Rebeccah Bennett, VCC Health, 604.871.7000, ext. 8674
Program Assistant: Tina Kirmis VCC Health, 604.871.7000, ext. 8672

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


No courses are currently scheduled for this Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2018 (201891) term.
Please check upcoming schedules or course listing.

Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2018 (201892)

(HLTH 1111) Accessibility Assessor Certification Training - Foundation 0.0 credits    $998.48

The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) Accessibility Assessor Certification Training Foundation level has been designed to train assessors to identify and certify accessible built environments using a rating system based upon a consistent methodology.

The overall objective is to make the built environment in Canada accessible for people of all abilities. This includes people who have mobility challenges, are blind or have low vision, or are Deaf or hard of hearing, but also families with children, seniors, or those with a temporary illness or injury.

With a combination of theory and hands-on practice, the course helps people planning, designing, and constructing the built environment understand accessibility form the perspective of people with disabilities, and measure the accessibility of their venues.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20244 BWY-B Rm. 1223
MTWRFM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

0930 - 1630
to 20-Apr-2018
Short, Pat

Accessibility Assessor Certification Training - Foundation (HLTH 1111)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits $998.48

Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.

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