The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (RHFAC) is a LEED-style rating system that evaluates the accessibility of commercial, institutional, and multi-unit residential buildings and sites. RHFAC Professionals are specially trained to conduct these ratings using a comprehensive rating scale to determine a site’s overall level of meaningful access.
Once rated, a building or site may be certified at one of two levels, ‘RHF Accessibility Certified’ or ‘RHF Accessibility Certified Gold.’ Organizations can then publicly list their certification level on the RHFAC Registry, hosted by CSA Group, and purchase a window decal or plaque to showcase that the location is accessible.
To start your certification process, review our Guide to Certification and then book your rating (free in British Columbia). RHF is offering approximately 1,100 free RHFAC ratings of commercial, institutional, and multi-family residential buildings in BC until March 2019, thanks to funding from the Government of BC. Organizations that have been rated can apply for funding of up to $20,000 to complete an accessibility improvement project.
Why get rated and certified?
There are several benefits to getting certified.
1. Learn about ways to improve your accessibility.
Your RHFAC rating scorecard will highlight specific areas where you can improve accessibility at your building or site. Improving those areas will help increase your overall accessibility, allowing you to serve more customers and community members.
2. Be listed on the online RHFAC Registry as an accessible building or site.
Organization owners will have the option to be listed on our online RHFAC Registry, hosted by CSA Group, which digitally showcases your commitment to accessibility to all.
3. Be recognized as accessible, socially conscious and responsible in your local community.
Purchase a label or plaque that displays to prospective customers, employees, and others that your location is fully accessible. It’s an easy way to show that your organization cares and is dedicated to creating an accessible and inclusive community where you live and work.
How to get rated and certified
1. Review the Guide to Certification and book your rating
First, review our Guide to Certification and then fill out our online booking request form. We’ll assign you a designated RHFAC Professional that will perform the rating for your building or site.
2. Register on the RHFAC Registry
Register your building or site on the RHFAC Registry, select the designated RHFAC Professional who will be performing your rating, and pay the registration fee. The registration fee for 1,100 sites in BC will be waived until March 31, 2019 thanks to the generous support of the Government of BC.
3. Have your building or site rated
Get your building or site rated by your designated RHFAC Professional. A rating will typically take two to 10 hours depending on the size of the building or site.
4. Get your RHFAC rating scorecard and certification
Receive your rating scorecard through the RHFAC Registry. The scorecard will also include key areas of success and improvement for your facility.
Depending on the points outlined on your scorecard, your building or site will receive a rating score and corresponding certification level:
|Rating Score||Certification Level|
|80%+||RHF Accessibility Certified Gothic|
|60%-79%||RHF Accessibility Certified|
|Below 60%||Does not meet RHFAC requirements for certificartion|
5. Showcase your commitment to accessibility
Opt to list your certified building or site on the RHFAC Registry, which is hosted by CSA Group. You can also choose to purchase an accessibility label or plaque to promote your location’s accessibility.
If you have a question about RHF’s accessibility rating and certification, please read our FAQ. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction.