What you will learn
The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program helps improve the accessibility of the built environment - the places where we live, work, learn and play. RHFAC is a comprehensive rating system that helps both owners and tenants measure the accessibility of their 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.
VCC and The Rick Hansen Foundation have partnered to offer formal RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training that 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. After successful completion of this course, individuals will have gained the knowledge to conduct RHFAC ratings of buildings.
What to expect
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.
To conduct RHFAC ratings, participants must pass additional requisites such as an exam and field experience, to qualify for an RHFAC Professional designation. Visit the Rick Hansen Foundation website for more information: www.rickhansen.com/RHFAC.
- A diploma of technology in architecture, engineering, urban planning or a related program - please provide a copy of your diploma or official transcript.
- A Journeyman Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade related to building construction - please provide a copy of your Journeyman Certificate of Qualification.
- You are an engineer or are eligible for registration as an engineer - please provide proof of registration or proof of eligibility for registration.
- You are an architect or are eligible for registration as an architect - please provide proof of registration or proof of eligibility for registration.
- You have a minimum of five years of experience related to building construction or access consulting - please provide a resume specifically outlining your experience.
After you have registered, please send a copy of your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who do not provide proof of meeting the course pre-requisites will have their course registration cancelled.
In addition to your education or experience, you need to have a high level of proficiency with computer systems and programs, including MS Excel, as well as solid written and verbal communication skills - proof not required.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
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* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.