Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility

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Learn WCAG 2.0 from the experts – online in 6 weeks

Australia’s only university-accredited web accessibility certificate for web professionals.

Gain a professional qualification in web accessibility that stands out from the rest.

The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility:

  • Teaches the essential principles and techniques for achieving accessibility compliance
  • Assists government departments to meet accessibility requirements such as the National Transition Strategy
  • Helps organisations meet obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act
  • Guides management on international best practice in accessibility, including adherence to the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
  • Provides students with the opportunity to discuss, share and connect with other professionals facing similar challenges
  • Enhances your skills through learning from specialist lecturers and completing graded, practical assessments
  • Gives you hands-on experience of how people with various disabilities access the web
  • Enables teams to develop websites that work for more people, including the ageing population

At a glance

Qualification Professional Certificate
Provider Media Access Australia (W3C Member) and University of South Australia
Prerequisites Technical knowledge of web design or development
Study mode Distance
Course duration Six weeks
Study load Set your own pace over the duration of the course. 3 hours a week is recommended plus additional time for completing assessment items.
Assessment Three assignments examining website usability, captioning and compliance auditing.
Course dates 10 August – 18 September 2015
Register by 4 August 2015
Cost $2,400 ex. GST
How to enrol Register via the online portal. You can email us to find out more information about the next session.

Who should attend

  • Web developers, programmers and/or designers
  • User experience specialists
  • Accessibility or compliance managers
  • Testing analysts
  • Web content managers, administrators and/or editors
  • Senior ICT managers
  • Project managers
  • Communications staff

“It has indeed been a great course. It’s been really good to have clear structure and direction given to Web Accessibility. There is so much information available on the web, it’s often hard to know where to start, what’s important, and what’s not. This course has delivered the information in a manageable way – and certainly given me some great foundations to use from here on out. Definitely worthwhile.”

Erin Prichard, Digital Accessibility Consultant, Blind Foundation, New Zealand

Read more testimonials or our Alumnus Spotlight series to find out what students had to say about the course.

Course Structure

Learning modules you’ll cover in the 6-week course include:

1. Why should you care about the online needs of people with disabilities?

Students first gain an understanding of the challenges faced by users with a disability through hands-on experience with assistive technologies. This module provides the ethical, practical and financial arguments for implementing accessibility across your organisation.

2. W3C accessibility standards in policy and legislation

Focusing on the key institutions, policies and legislative frameworks that create and implement accessibility initiatives, such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and its Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), students explore accessibility standards and how they have been adopted both in Australia and internationally.

3. Essential WCAG 2.0 techniques

Week three focuses on the practical implementation of the WCAG 2.0 ‘A’ level of compliance, the relevant success criteria, and how to incorporate the guidelines into your daily work practices.

4. Advanced WCAG 2.0 techniques

This module focuses on implementing the success criteria of the WCAG 2.0 ‘AA’ level of compliance and the merits of striving for the highest level of accessibility, ‘AAA’ compliance.

5. Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0

Although WCAG 2.0 receives the most attention, the W3C WAI also provides guidelines for authoring tools and user agents. Discover ATAG 2.0 and how these authoring tool guidelines can be useful to industry professionals who create or use authoring tools.

6. Evaluation and future technologies

The web is rapidly changing and new technologies bring with them significant implications for accessibility. In this module, students examine important trends such as the accessibility of mobile devices and the cloud, their potential for accessibility, and the way in which the emerging HTML 5 and WAI-ARIA standards will provide support.

Teaching Staff

Dr Scott Hollier, Project Manager and W3C Advisory Committee Representative, Media Access Australia

As someone who is legally blind, when Scott first attended university he had to get his text books read to him. He has since committed his professional life to improving access to the web for people with a disability.

His work focuses on the accessibility of computer and internet related technologies, having completed a PhD entitled ‘The Disability Divide: A Study into the Impact of Computing and Internet-related Technologies on People who are Blind or Vision Impaired’.

Scott is the author of Media Access Australia’s ‘sociABILITY: Social media for people with a disability’ resource which is now used by the United States Government to help agencies improve the accessibility of social media.

He is also author of Media Access Australia’s Service Providers Accessibility Guide, designed to provide National Disability Insurance Scheme service providers with practical guidelines on producing accessible communications for people with disabilities.

He also represents Media Access Australia on the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the organisation primarily responsible for developing international standards for the web.

Dr Ruchi Permvattana, Lecturer, University of South Australia

Dr Ruchi Permvattana is a published author in the field of accessible e-learning and has completed a PhD (Information Systems) titled “The VIVID Model: Accessible IT e-learning environments for the Vision Impaired”. Other qualifications include both undergraduate and Master degrees in Design, specialising in online interface design.

Dr Permvattana’s work experience includes several years of research for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Curtin University, focusing on resolving online education for vision impaired students, lecturing and subject coordinating for the School of Information Systems at Curtin University, and the creation and the design and development of accessible websites. Dr Permvattana’s primary career goal is to work towards improving the independence and employability of people with a range of disabilities.

Post-Course Support

Once you complete the course, the alumni have direct contact with the course teaching staff through email and private forums. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Continue your web accessibility learning by receiving the latest news on the industry
  • Ask questions about web accessibility as they apply to your work environment and projects
  • Engage with other students and learn from their experiences

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