September 12, 2018
by Canadian Architect
Are you a building professional interested in advancing your knowledge of accessibility in the built environment? The upcoming Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Assessor course at Vancouver Community College may be a fit for you! This 10 day, 60-hour course starts Monday September 24th and runs until Friday October 5.
Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (RHFAC) is a LEED-style rating system that evaluates the accessibility of commercial, institutional, multi-unit residential buildings and sites. The system is the first of its kind in Canada to bring a standardized rating system to help owners and tenants rate the accessibility of their spaces from a holistic user-centric perspective. And with almost half of Canadian adults living with or who have someone in their household living with a temporary or permanent disability, improving access is becoming more critical than ever.
Ratings are conducted by trained individuals with an RHFAC Professional designation, and the Rick Hansen Foundation is calling for professionals in the building space (architects, urban planners, engineers, general contractors, design-builders, etc.) – who are interested in accessibility to register.
The course will provide participants with the knowledge and practical skills needed to rate a building for its overall accessibility under the RHFAC program, and once the RHFAC Professional designation is obtained, assessors will be publicly listed on the RHFAC Registry, hosted by CSA Group.
Participants in this course will learn about:
- 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.
Prerequisites for the course include:
- You have a diploma of technology in architecture, engineering, urban planning, interior design or a related program; or
- You have a Journeyman Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade related to building construction; or
- You are an engineer or are eligible for registration as an engineer; or
- You are an architect or are eligible for registration as an architect; or
- You have a minimum of five years’ experience related to building construction.
Space is filling quickly so you are encouraged to register ASAP. Interested applicants can learn more about the Rick Hansen Foundation course here and register directly with VCC.