Web accessibility certificate: 2013 registrations open

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Thursday, 7 February 2013 15:00pm

Media Access Australia, in partnership with the University of South Australia, has launched its Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility for 2013, an online qualification for professionals wanting to make their web content accessible to people with a disability.

The six-week online course, now in its second year, gives technical web professionals a practical understanding of the principles and techniques needed to reach compliance with international standards, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Course lecturer Dr Scott Hollier said of the certificate, “The course is really a great foot in the door for anyone working with the web in a technical capacity that needs to know what the guidelines are, what sorts of techniques you can use to implement them and then how that knowledge is applied through assignments and online discussion with lecturers and other students.”

WCAG 2.0 was adopted by the Australian Government in 2010. As a result, Federal and State Governments should have reached a basic level of accessibility compliance by the end of last year, and by the end of 2014 Federal Government should advance to an intermediate level.

This has significantly increased the demand for professionals with web accessibility expertise in both government departments and digital agencies, and has also had a flow-on effect to corporates and not-for-profits wanting to get more out of their online communications.

“We’ve had a whole range of students attend the course, from Federal State and even local governments, a lot from web development and design agencies and then quite a few employees of organisations in banking and finance, healthcare and education. For many not-for-profits too, who can have more than the average number of people with a disability using their websites, the course gives them the tools to really engage with their audiences,” said Dr Hollier.

Registrations for the first intake running from 8 April – 17 May close on 26 March 2013. For more information or to register, download the 2013 course information and registration pack.

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