Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility. Next course starts 27 Feb 2017. Enrollments close 21/2.

University of South Australia
Media Access Australia: Inclusion through technology

Learn WCAG 2.0 and practical hands-on digital access skills from the experts, online in 6 weeks.

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

Gain an internationally-recognised professional qualification in web accessibility. The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA):

  • Teaches the essential principles and techniques for achieving accessibility compliance.
  • Assists Government departments (and agencies or contractors doing Government work) to meet mandated accessibility requirements as outlined by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).
  • 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 and Section 508, etc.
  • 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 Some 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. 10-12 hours a week including assessment tasks.
Assessment Three assignments examining website usability, captioning and compliance auditing.
Course dates 27 February to 7 April 2017
Registrations close 5pm 21 February 2017
Cost AUD $2,400 (ex GST) for Australian students / AUD $2,400 for international students
How to enrol You can enrol via the online portal from 9 January 2017. Email us for course enquiries or to reserve your place before the course starts.

Who should attend

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

The video below outlines the main points and key benefits of enrolling in Australia’s only university-accredited web accessibility certificate for web professionals. An audio described version of this video is also available.

“This six weeks course gave me the confidence and passion to learn about accessibility. I can now say happily that I am an Accessibility Professional and will keep working towards building an inclusive web.”

Herin Hentry, Senior Test Analyst, Planit

“If you wish to fully understand the web, documents and software accessibility and how they relate to WCAG 2.0, then the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility is the right course!”

Dorina Teletin, IT Infrastructure Support Analyst, Canada Revenue Agency, Government of Canada

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, apps and the cloud, their current accessibility and potential expanded accessibility, the way in which emerging HTML 5 and WAI-ARIA standards will provide support, along with the new Silver standard that will be focusing on what is likely to become known as WCAG 3.0.

Teaching Staff

Dr Scott Hollier – Director, Digital Accessibility 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 the 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.

Scott 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