Professional Training

Become a Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM Professional

Whether you’re a city planner, architect, general contractor, design-builder, or anyone interested in accessibility in the built environment, becoming an RHFAC Professional will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to analyze a building or site for overall accessibility, and deliver professional RHFAC ratings of the built environment.

How to become an RHF Accessibility Certification Professional

  1. Complete the RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training course.

    Through interactive instructor presentations, in-class exercises, disability simulation experiences and group work, participants in this course will learn:

    • The impact of the social and physical environment on people with disabilities;
    • The relevant legislation, regulations, and standards needed when planning and executing an assessment;
    • The Universal Design principles and standards when planning and executing an assessment;
    • How to interpret and navigate a set of construction drawings; and
    • How to communicate and support assessment findings to clients, and prepare a recommendation report of the assessment findings, reflecting compliance and gaps related to relevant human rights and accessibility legislation, regulations, and Universal Design standards.
    • Note: The RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training course is 60 hours and has no prerequisites.

    A RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training (Accelerated) course (30 hours) is also available to professionals in the architecture or engineering industry or building construction trade. Individuals taking the accelerated course will be required to provide evidence of at least one of the following:

    • A diploma of technology in architecture, engineering, urban planning 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.

    See the list of upcoming training courses below. Note: For course-specific information, including delivery and registration, please contact the listed institution directly.

  2. Pass the examination.

    After completing the course, participants will need to pass an examination developed by RHF and facilitated by CSA Group. The exam consists of 80 multiple-choice questions, has a two hour time limit, is closed book, and has a passing mark of 75%.

    The exam is computer-based and can be taken at one of 45 test centres across Canada or online with remote monitoring. The exam is offered through CSA Group, and its third-party test provider, Kryterion. To register and pay for the exam, please visit the CSA Shop

    For more information see Preparing for your Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Professional Exam.

  3. Get field experience. 

    Complete five ratings (minimum total of 20 hours) under the supervision of an RHFAC Professional.

  4. Submit proof of designation requirements to RHF. 

    Once the following documents are reviewed and accepted, RHF will award an “RHFAC Professional” designation:

    • Official transcripts from the institution demonstrating you have passed the RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training course;
    • Official PDF letter from CSA Group demonstrating you have passed RHFAC Professional Exam; and
    • Signed letter from your RHFAC Professional supervisor confirming that you have completed the required field experience.

  5. Set up your professional listing on the RHFAC Registry.

    Once awarded your "RHFAC Professional" designation, RHF will provide you with the information you need to access and be publicly listed as an RHF Accessibility Certification Professional on the RHFAC Registry. Current RHFAC Professionals are listed online at rhfac.csaregistries.ca and can work independently as access professionals or in in-house positions.

Upcoming Courses

To complete the RHFAC Accessibility Assessor training, please register directly with the educational institution offering the course.
Please be advised that RHF does not provide any funding or subsidies for Accessibility Assessor training. Participants are required to cover the course fee, plus any associated costs. 

Course Institution Dates Location Link
RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training

Vancouver Community College September 24- October 5, 2018 (60 hours)
(60 hours) 
Vancouver, BC Course information
*click on Course Schedule & Fees

For course-specific information, including delivery and registration, please contact the listed institution directly.

For general RHFAC program information, email access@rickhansen.com.