COURSE INFORMATION

DATES AVAILABLE

TBA

CONTACT HOURS

Flexible - 3 hours per week recommended

MODE

Online (international)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Technical knowledge of web design or development

FEES

$2,400 + GST

LOCATION

Online

Course Overview

With the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility, get the essentials needed to achieve compliance with international best practice in accessibility, the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Endorsed by governments including Australia, Canada and the EU, with the US likely to follow, WCAG 2.0 is now an international ISO standard.

This university-accredited online qualification, jointly conducted by W3C member Media Access Australia and the University of South Australia, is a fully assessed six-week program that covers both accessibility principles and techniques.

Successful attendees will receive a graded professional certificate and the course can be counted towards further university studies. The course has also received the 'Knowability 2017 Heroes of Accessibility' award, which recognises people and institutions that are helping communities both implement and understand the importance of accessibility techniques in websites and applications.

The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility is a joint venture of the University of South Australia and the Centre for Inclusive Design.

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Not available to international students studying in Australia under a student visa

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Why the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility?

At the end of the course students should have the ability to:

  • Design and develop accessible websites, including the:
    • Development of accessible cascading style sheets (CSS)
    • Creation of accessible multimedia content using captions and transcriptions
    • Development of accessible forms and CAPTCHAs
    • Use of attributes to make images and tables accessible
    • Enabling of web authoring tools
  • Audit websites against international accessibility standards, the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0), recently adopted by the Australian Government
  • Understand the principles of usability and accessible web development, and the different ways that people with disabilities access the web
  • Understand accessibility legislation and standards compliance in Australia and internationally

 

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Who should apply?

 

The program is highly recommended for

  • Web developers
  • Web managers
  • Web designers
  • Testers and web auditors
  • Usability specialists
  • Content managers

Applications are closed for 2020. Please contact Dr Ruchi Permvattana for future dates.

Apply for this course

Course structure

The course will be delivered online, with students taking part in online discussions with lecturers and students and participating in practical activities.

As the course is completely online and has no set hourly commitments each week, participants have freedom with their time spent on the course. However, it is recommended participants allow about three hours per week to read modules and participate in activities. There is one assessment every fortnight which would probably require a couple of hours additional to the normal three hours per week to complete.

 

Learning modules

  • Web accessibility: importance and benefits
  • Policy and legislative frameworks
  • Practical guidelines
  • More advanced techniques for web accessibility
  • Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0
  • Future standards, including HTML 5 and WAI-ARIA

Assessment

Students must complete three graded practical assessments focussing on:

  • Project analysis report 1 (25%): User experience and WAI-ARIA
  • Project analysis report 2 (35%): Enabling accessibility tools and captioning
  • Major project (40%): Creating a prototype accessible website and testing compliance

How to apply

Register through our online portal.
Applications are closed for 2020. Please contact Dr Ruchi Permvattana for future dates.

Apply now

What others are saying

The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility was a fantastic course with awesome instructors! This course is a great fit for anyone new to web accessibility or those with many years under their belt. Very timely considering our move to make Government of Canada websites more accessible. I would take a follow-up course in a heartbeat!

Roch Lambert

Web Standards Centre of Expertise

Employment: Canadian Government

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Roch Lambert

Web Standards Centre of Expertise
Canadian Government

This course gave me the skills I needed to dive straight in and perform an accessibility audit on my organisation's website, along with the opportunity to discuss, clarify and address issues and concerns with other students, which helped me move forward.

Kaylene Rutherford

Online Manager

Employment: Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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Kaylene Rutherford

Online Manager
Australian Securities and Investments Commission

The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility was just what I needed to improve my performance as a web developer for a government agency. It got me up-to-date with the latest accessibility guidelines and showed me how to do things like caption videos, write up audits and make recommendations to development staff. The online teaching and forums for discussion made it easy to fit in around my work schedule, too.

Julie Grundy

Learning Media Developer

Employment: Department of Training and Workforce Development

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Julie Grundy

Learning Media Developer
Department of Training and Workforce Development

This course is ideally positioned for front-end developers, web managers and even accessibility practitioners to gain an understanding of WCAG 2.0 and the practical application of the guidelines.

Gary Barber

User Experience Consultant

Employment: radhrc

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Gary Barber

User Experience Consultant
radhrc

The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility is a great course with knowledgeable and experienced coordinators. It doesn’t just focus on developing technical capabilities. It explains accessibility in the broader context of policy, legislation and most importantly the real, practical social impact. In implementing the NTS, we are often required to play many roles and this course really helps put it all in perspective.

Accessibility Policy Officer

Australian Government

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Accessibility Policy Officer

Australian Government

The course … gave me a deeper appreciation of the challenges assistive technology users face when using the Internet. The opportunity to share experiences with other students and understand how they are resolving accessibility issues was invaluable. The best thing about the course for me and my career is that I can say that my web accessibility knowledge has been independently assessed by respected academic and industry specialists. I will now unashamedly include the title Web Accessibility...

Assistant Director Web and Intranet Section

Australian Government

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Assistant Director Web and Intranet Section

Australian Government