Learn web access and change the digital world! Australia’s only university-accredited online access course aims to increase inclusion and participation on the web, and is now enrolling for a 27 February intake. The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA) is studied part-time online for six weeks, and graduates receive an internationally-recognised qualification.
Listen to a recent interview where Senior PCWA Course Lecturer and global accessibility expert, Dr Scott Hollier, talks with Media Access Australia’s Philip Jenkinson about what the PCWA course covers, along with the benefits of studying it.
The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA) course was created by the University of South Australia in conjunction with Media Access Australia as a six-week online course, that is updated after each intake to remain at the forefront of knowledge. It covers websites, digital communications, apps and just about everything online, in an easy-to-schedule format. Students learn Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Section 508 in the USA plus other global standards, along with practical accessibility skills and techniques to succeed in the web and digital access space.
Over 400 students from Australia and all over the world have graduated from the course in recent years, earning themselves an internationally-recognised qualification in web and digital accessibility. And one of the things which sets this course apart from any other is that once it’s done, it’s not over, as Dr Scott Hollier explains.
“It’s important that anyone who’s come through the course continues to be kept informed because the course is studied at a point in time. We want to make sure that as people continue to implement accessibility in their work practices, they’re kept up-to-date. So we have two mechanisms to support our alumni.”
“One is through a Linked-In forum where we discuss the topics,” says Dr Hollier. “A lot of the topics that we cover through the course are covered in this ongoing forum. And it’s a closed forum, so only PCWA course alumni can participate.”
“We also have a regular newsletter that we send out to former students,” adds Hollier, “to update the alumni after they’ve finished the course, on some of the key changes in technologies, policy and standards as they occur, so that former students are able to be aware of the latest developments and continue their learning process.”
The next intake of the course runs from 27 February to 7 April 2017 and the cut-off date for enrolment is 5pm on Tuesday 21 February 2017. You can enrol in the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility online in just a few minutes. For a group booking contact Media Access Australia directly.
People who are interested in upskilling for web accessibility can also watch a PCWA highlights video covering what the PCWA is focused on, the benefits of taking the course, and how it has helped many graduates move forward with new expertise. There’s also feedback from recent graduates on the PCWA student testimonials web page.