Whether you’re an architect, general contractor, engineer, urban planner, or passionate about accessibility in the built environment, the RHFAC Training course will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to rate a building for its overall accessibility under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ program.
Benefits of RHFAC Training:
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RHFAC Training participants will learn:
- The impact of the social and physical environment on people with disabilities;
- Relevant legislation, regulations, and standards needed when planning and executing a rating;
- Universal Design principles and standards when planning and executing a rating;
- How to interpret and navigate a set of construction drawings; and
- How to communicate and support rating findings to clients, and prepare a recommendation report, reflecting compliance and gaps related to relevant human rights and accessibility legislation, regulations, and Universal Design standards.
Learn to Rate Buildings for Accessibility with RHFAC Training
Ready to register?
Taking the RHFAC Training course is the first step to becoming a designated RHFAC Professional. If you meet the course pre-requisites (see below), you can register with one of our post-secondary partners listed below. If you intend to apply for a tuition grant, you must apply for funding first, at least two weeks before the start date of your intended course.
If your preferred session is sold out, contact the post-secondary institution to be added to the registration list for the next available session.
- Athabasca University, Online: January 22 - March 31, 2024
- George Brown College, Online: January 16 - February 22, 2024
- George Brown College, Online: February 22 - April 1, 2024
- Carleton University, Online: February 5 - March 1, 2024
- Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), Online: March 19, 2023 - April 25, 2023
- Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Online: February 20 - April 2, 2024
- You have a diploma or at least two years of completed post-secondary studies in architecture, engineering, urban planning, interior design or a related program; or
- You have a Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade related to building construction; or
- You are an engineer (or eligible for registration as an engineer); or
- You are an architect (or eligible for registration as an architect); or
- You have a minimum of five years of construction experience; or
- You have an equivalent combination of lived experience and built environment knowledge.
- Education and credentials awarded outside of Canada will be considered.
Do you feel strongly that you would be a good candidate but do not meet the above requirements? Please contact us – we will be pleased to discuss your options at email@example.com.
RHF Inclusion & Accessibility Training
Ignite positive change in your organization with this interactive 1-hour online course featuring leaders in inclusion and accessibility, and people with lived experience. Available anytime, anywhere, this self-directed on-demand course offered in partnership with the University of Alberta features a person-centered approach to creating welcoming spaces for people with disabilities, so they live, work and play independently, safely and with dignity. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate from RHF and the University of Alberta, Online and Continuing Education. Join us on this transformative journey and make inclusivity a cornerstone of your organization’s culture.
Next Steps: Becoming an RHFAC Professional
After you pass the RHFAC Training Course, you will need to complete the following steps to earn your RHFAC Professional Designation, if you wish to pursue it.
- Pass the RHFAC Professional Exam, administered by the CSA Group. If you started the course on or after April 1, 2023, you must pass the exam within 6 months of completing the course.
- Apply to RHF for your designation. This application requires both proof of course completion and your letter from CSA Group demonstrating you have passed the exam.
- Maintain your designation by following the Code of Ethics, maintaining your Accessibility Professional Network membership, meeting continuing education requirements, and completing any mandatory training.
- For more information on the above, read the Guide to RHFAC Professional Designation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The course is recognized for continuing education units (CEUs) by professional bodies such as The Alberta Association of Architects, the Ontario Architects Association, and many more. Read the full list here.
Once you have achieved your RHFAC Professional designation, you must meet the mandatory requirements to uphold it. Review the actions you must take in order maintain your designation.
RHFAC Professional Profiles and Testimonials
Discover the ways these RHFAC Professionals are using their designations in their work as architects, building industry professionals, accessibility consultants and more.
June 8, 2022
While working at the renovation and contracting firm owned by her and her husband in Nova Scotia, Kristen Habermehl noticed that she was responding to a lot of requests from individuals who wanted
Haley Rae Dinnall-Atkinson Uses Learnings as an RHFAC Professional to Improve the Built Environment and Teach Others
August 23, 2022
Haley Rae Dinnall-Atkinson had learned about the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training