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.

For detailed information on the course prerequisites, please click on the Program Description box. All students must meet the course prerequisites in order to register.

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

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Sep, Jan, Apr 48 hours over 2 weeks Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certificate Broadway and/or Downtown 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

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.

NOTE: 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.


The RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training Course requires that you provide proof of one of the prerequisites listed below.

  • 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.
  • OR

  • 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 health@vcc.ca. 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 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.

  • 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 16 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

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No courses are currently scheduled for this Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 (201993) term.
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Accessibility Assessor Training (HLTH 1115)
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