RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training

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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 10 days (Foundation), 30-hours over 5 days (Accelerated) 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.

Program Specific

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


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2018 (201892)

(HLTH 1112) RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training - Accelerated 0 credits    $998.48

The RHFAC Accessibility Assessor – Accelerated training provides participants with the skills and knowledge required to rate a building or site using the RHFAC program methodology. Participants learn how to deliver consistent, professional site evaluations that determine the level of access for people with disabilities.

Course prerequisites include: a diploma of technology in architecture, engineering, urban planning, interior design or a related program; a Journeyman Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade that is related to building construction; you are an engineer or are eligible for registration as an engineer; you are an architect or are eligible for registration as an architect; OR you have a minimum of ten years' of experience that is related to building construction.

Please note that there is an Accelerated version of this course for individuals who meet certain prerequisites, see the RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training – Foundation course (HLTH 1111).

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  20528 BWY-B Rm. G222
WRFM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

0930 - 1630
to 25-May-2018
Short, Pat
  20528 BWY-B Rm. G222
MTM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,

0930 - 1630
to 12-Jun-2018
Short, Pat

Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2018 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2019 Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2019 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training - Accelerated (HLTH 1112)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $998.48
RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training - Foundation (HLTH 1111)
course schedule schedule
0.0 credits N/A

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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