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 & digital accessibility certificate for professionals… and a recent award winner!
Now you can gain an internationally-recognised professional qualification in web accessibility. The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA):
- Is for everyone who wants to upskill, no matter where you are – students take the course from North America, the UK, Europe, South East Asia, Australia, and more.
- Teaches the essential principles and techniques for achieving accessibility compliance.
- Helps organisations meet obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act in Australia, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and more, to not only reach more people more effectively, but to lessen the litigation risk resulting from inaccessibility.
- Assists Government departments (and agencies or contractors doing Government work) to meet mandated accessibility requirements as outlined by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).
- 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, connect and interact with other professionals facing similar challenges.
- Enhances your skills through learning from specialist lecturers and completing graded, practical assessments and validates your new-found expertise.
- Gives you hands-on experience of how people with various disabilities access the web.
- Enables teams to develop websites, apps and digital communications that work for more people, including the ageing population.
At a glance
|Provider||Media Access Australia (W3C Member) and University of South Australia|
|Prerequisites||Some knowledge of web design or development|
|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||18 September to 27 October 2017|
|Registrations close||5 pm 12 September 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 9am 31 July 2017. Email us for course enquiries or to reserve your place before the course starts.|
Who will benefit from studying the PCWA course
- Developers and programmers
- Web designers
- Content writers
- User experience designers and testers
- Accessibility or compliance managers
- Project managers
- Scrum masters
- Web content managers, administrators and/or editors
- Senior ICT managers
- Digital team members and marketing staff
- Internal and external communications specialists and 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
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.
Dr Scott Hollier – Senior Lecturer and Accessibility Consultant
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 is also the Specialist Adviser – Digital Accessibility for Media Access Australia and is a member of 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.
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