PCWA web access course wins top honour

Monday, 10 July 2017 09:23am

The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA) web and digital access course has been officially praised for ‘Educational Achievement’ as part of the recently announced Knowbility 2017 Heroes of Accessibility honours list.

6 people using devices

Six people using devices

Knowbility is a leading non-profit accessible information technology organisation based in Austin, Texas USA, and has staged the annual Heroes of Accessibility for the past three years. The PCWA course, created by Media Access Australia and the University of South Australia, was one of two to be praised as heroes of the Educational Achievement category, along with IAAP for their webinar series. In addition to the two winners, Teach Access also earned an honourable mention from the Knowbility panel.

The ‘Educational Achievement’ category recognises exceptional efforts across the world that help communities at large to understand and successfully apply accessibility techniques in websites and applications.

The PCWA course is studied online over six weeks and provides students with the opportunity to discuss, share and connect with other professionals facing similar challenges. In addition to supporting government agencies, the course guides businesses, charities and academic groups on international best practice in accessibility, including adherence to the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, with graduates receiving a globally-recognised qualification.

The two senior lecturers of the PCWA course are Dr Ruchi Permvattana and Dr Scott Hollier, and the University of SA's Program Director is Jenny Webber. All three have been integral in the success of the course which has been running since 2011, and over 500 people have graduated with a Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility since it started.

“While we didn’t set out to win an award when the course was created, it’s wonderful to have the acknowledgement that the course is considered a highly-effective and high-quality product,” said Senior Lecturer of the PCWA, Dr Scott Hollier.

“One of the things Denise Wood and I strived to do when we created the course was to provide accessibility support to ICT professionals based on their needs – their tools, their websites, and their working environment," said Dr Hollier. "And it’s great that the PCWA continues to make that happen six years on. I’d like to sincerely thank Knowbility for this recognition and support.”

The next intake of the PCWA web and digital access course is September-October 2017 with online registrations opening 31 July. You can get full details of the PCWA course, read testimonials from recent PCWA graduates online, and watch a PCWA highlights video. An audio described version of the PCWA highlights video is also available.

Enrolments are now being taken for the September-October 2017 intake. You can enrol into the PCWA course online in just a few minutes. Or for a group booking and to arrange for your study to be invoiced to the organisation for whom you work, email Media Access Australia directly at learn@mediaaccess.org.au.

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