Continuing & Professional Education

Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Fundamentals Training

Earn a Microcredential

Imag­ine craft­ing spaces that embrace every­one. Intend­ed for any­one inter­est­ed in cre­at­ing inclu­sive spaces, this 4‑week course pro­vides learn­ers with foun­da­tion­al knowl­edge to under­stand the needs of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and how our phys­i­cal spaces can be made more accessible.

Enhance your knowl­edge and appli­ca­tion of Uni­ver­sal Design and mean­ing­ful acces­si­bil­i­ty through case stud­ies. Learn­ers will also be intro­duced to Rick Hansen Foun­da­tion Acces­si­bil­i­ty Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion™ (RHFAC), a rat­ing and recog­ni­tion pro­gram that mea­sures the mean­ing­ful acces­si­bil­i­ty of a site. There are no pre­req­ui­sites to take this course. Join us on the jour­ney towards an acces­si­ble world for peo­ple of all ages and abilities.

Note: This course does not qual­i­fy learn­ers to obtain their RHFAC Pro­fes­sion­al des­ig­na­tion; any­one look­ing to do so must com­plete RHFAC Pro­fes­sion­al Training.

This course may be right for you if are a pro­fes­sion­al who influ­ences the mean­ing­ful access of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in spaces. This includes:

  • Con­trac­tors and builders
  • Human resources and office managers
  • Urban plan­ners
  • Dis­abil­i­ty experts and advocates
  • Event and venue managers
  • Any­one involved in the man­age­ment and oper­a­tion of the spaces

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Course Goals


Understand the scope and prevalence of disability in the community.

Describe how people with disabilities experience the social and physical environment.

Demonstrate confidence in communicating and interacting with people with disabilities.

Learn about Universal Design and meaningful accessibility for people with disabilities, and how to apply them in the built environment.

Gain knowledge of fundamental legal framework affecting people with disabilities.

Learn about the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program, its benefits and methodology.

Apply an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) lens to projects/operations.

Build a community by engaging and sharing with your peers.

Earn a Microcredential
in Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Fundamentals Training
  • This is a fully online, self-paced course
  • Participants will have 4 weeks to complete the course.
  • This course includes 2 optional virtual sessions and online discussions facilitated by an RHFAC expert. Attendance is highly recommended but optional to pass this course. Sessions will be recorded. Session dates and times will be communicated by the coach once the course begins.
  • To complete the course, participants must take 3 module quizzes and earn a passing grade of 80% or higher on each.
  • Participants will be issued a certificate and a badge upon successful completion of the course.
  • Course materials will be available for “view-only” access 1 month after the end of the 4-week course.
  • Join learners from different partner institutions in one offering.

The RHFAC Fundamentals Training consists of 3 modules and contains video interviews of people with lived experience, leading subject matter experts, and case studies. They are:

  • Module 1
    Understanding Disability
  • Module 2
    Understanding our Built Environment
  • Module 3
    Measuring Accessibility in the Built Environment


There are no pre­req­ui­sites or pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence required.


$1,500 + Applic­a­ble Taxes

U of A: Con­tact cpe@​ualberta.​ca if you are inter­est­ed in cor­po­rate packages.

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Acces­si­bil­i­ty & Sys­tem Requirements

This course is deliv­ered on RHF Por­tal, which is the Part­ner Learn­ing Space, Bright­space by D2L, host­ed by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta. For more infor­ma­tion about sys­tem require­ments, go to Brows­er Sup­port for Bright­space to under­stand the sys­tem require­ments for opti­mal performance.

To learn more about acces­si­bil­i­ty, please vis­it Bright­space Acces­si­bil­i­ty Stan­dards for the learn­ing envi­ron­ment are avail­able via Acces­si­bil­i­ty Stan­dards | D2L. The course has been devel­oped in Artic­u­late Rise. To learn more about acces­si­bil­i­ty with this tool, please vis­it Rise 360 Acces­si­bil­i­ty Con­for­mance Report, and to learn more about Key­board Nav­i­ga­tion, vis­it Rise 360: Key­board-Acces­si­ble Nav­i­ga­tion. We strive to make our cours­es as acces­si­ble as pos­si­ble, but if you have any con­cerns or ques­tions, please con­tact cpe@​ualberta.​ca.

Schol­ar­ship Available

Tuition grants are avail­able for res­i­dents across Cana­da. Grants are lim­it­ed and dis­trib­uted on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and apply at Rick Hansen Foun­da­tion.


Pro­tec­tion of Pri­va­cy — Per­son­al infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed is col­lect­ed in accor­dance with Sec­tion 33© of the Alber­ta Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion and Pro­tec­tion of Pri­va­cy Act (the FOIP Act) and will be pro­tect­ed under Part 2 of that Act. Your per­son­al infor­ma­tion such as your name, con­tact infor­ma­tion, and com­ple­tion will be shared with the Rick Hansen Foun­da­tion. Should you require fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the col­lec­tion, use and dis­clo­sure of per­son­al infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Man­ag­er, Online Edu­ca­tion at online@​ualberta.​ca, Online Learn­ing and Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion, Enter­prise Square, 10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmon­ton, AB Cana­da T5J 4P6, 780 492 3830.

  • Tuition grants are available for residents across Canada. Grants are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more and apply for a tuition grant (