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. George Brown College Continuing Education has been recognized by the Rick Hansen Foundation as a provider of the RHFAC Training course, which teaches individuals how to use the RHFAC methodology to rate buildings on their level of meaningful access.
Course Delivery Method:
This is normally an in-class course but will be offered temporarily online via Blackboard Learn while college buildings are closed. There will be mandatory two-hour meetings twice a week (at the days and times shown) and an optional virtual question-and-answer period each Friday between 10 a.m. and noon (12 p.m.).
You will be required to have your own laptop and measuring tape as well as a cell phone or camera to take pictures.
RHFAC Professional Designation:
Passing this course is the first step towards gaining the knowledge and skills required to deliver RHFAC ratings. (For more information, visit the Become Accessible web page of the Rick Hansen Foundation website.) In order to acquire the RHFAC professional designation, you must do the following:
- Pass this course. This requires a minimum of 80% classroom attendance and successful completion of the course assignment (case study).
- Pass the RHFAC Professional Exam developed by the Rick Hansen Foundation and facilitated by CSA Group. Note that this exam is not administered as part of this course.
You must have a diploma of technology in architecture, engineering, urban planning, interior design or a related program; or you must have a Journeyman Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade related to building construction; or you must be an engineer or be eligible for registration as an engineer; or you must be an architect or be eligible for registration as an architect; or you must have a minimum of five years of experience related to accessibility in the built environment.
You will have the most success in this course if you already have a high level of proficiency with computer systems and programs (including Microsoft Excel) as well as solid written and verbal communication skills.