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The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Training

Become an RHFAC professional and work to improve the accessibility of the built environment for people with disabilities.


This course is the first step towards qualifying you to conduct ratings under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program.

Through this course, using a LEED-style rating system, you learn how to evaluate the accessibility of a building or site. You develop a strong understanding of Universal Design in a variety of settings and how to identify positive access features or barriers to people with physical, sensory, learning and developmental disabilities.

Program highlights

Course topics include:

  • The impact of social and built environments on people with physical, sensory, learning and developmental disabilities
  • An overview of universal design principles
  • Interpreting construction and project plans
  • Integrating relevant legislation, regulations, and standards when planning and executing accessibility assessments

Admission requirements

  • 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 eligibility for registration as an engineer); or
    • You are an architect (or eligibility for registration as an architect); or
  • You have a minimum of five years of construction experience

Program requirements

  • You must attend the live online classes, participate fully in the course and complete all coursework.
  • To receive the RHFAC professional designation, you must:
    • Pass the RHFAC Assessor Training Course
    • 100% attendance is required
    • Pass the RHFAC Professional Exam, facilitated by the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) Group

Upcoming courses

October 2022

This will be a Virtual course using BrightSpace and MS Teams.

Start date: October 13, 2022 (first online class)
End date: November 24, 2022 (last online class)
Final project due: January 23, 2023

Schedule note: the class meets online every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm

This course is now full. Next offering will be held in Spring 2023. Further details to be confirmed.


  • Course fee: $1,000 for Nova Scotia residents*
  • Course fee: $1,900 for out of province residents

*Bursary provided through Access-Ability grant from Province of Nova Scotia.
Note: bursary is automatically applied upon acceptance into the course.


  • Complete the application form (ensure you provide all required documentation at the time of application)
  • Once your application is reviewed and it's determined admissions criteria are met, payment instructions will be forwarded to you


Please contact the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Assessor Training Course:

School of Access
“Thank you, again, for your exceptional teaching and insight, and for making this a very interesting course.” – Masters in planning and RHFAC student

“It was a great process; class time was good and allowed you to soak in the different modules...I thought I was an expert, but learned many things. Thank you for the opportunity; you are a great educator.” – Architect and RHFAC student

“I think the class went very well, and you did an amazing job fitting so much into the class time without it being overwhelming.” – Occupational therapist and RHFAC student
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