PCWA online course aims to promote accessibility

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Thursday, 9 June 2016 11:40am

Inclusion and accessibility are hot topics that impact on the daily lives of around 25% of the population who have a disability or impairment. And now web professionals can improve their levels of expertise in web and digital accessibility to make a positive difference by enrolling in Australia’s only university-accredited online access course.

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The next intake of the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA) course commences on 8 August 2016. It teaches Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Section 508 in the USA plus more global standards, along with practical accessibility skills and techniques in a six-week online format.

This hands-on course was created by Media Access Australia in conjunction with the University of S.A. and is now in its fifth year. W3C Advisory Committee Representative and Digital Accessibility Director at Media Access Australia, Dr Scott Hollier, is the senior lecturer of this course that is training a wide variety of people to become experts in web accessibility.

Dr Hollier is very pleased with the results achieved by the last intake of graduates. “It’s great to see so many people from around the world successfully completing the course and incorporating accessibility into their work practices,” he said. “The final assignment really demonstrated just how people can come together from around the world to contribute and collaborate on an accessibility project.”

Those who can benefit from the course include web developers and designers, software programmers, analysts, user experience designers, IT engineers, scrum masters, content writers, web masters, project managers, access and inclusion specialists, and communications staff.

People who are interested can watch a highlights video covering what the PCWA is focused on and the benefits of taking the course. There’s also feedback from recent graduates on the student testimonials webpage.

The current intake of the course runs from Monday 8 August to Friday 16 September 2016 and the cut-off date for enrolments is 5pm Tuesday 26 July 2016. You can enrol in the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility course online. For a group booking please contact Media Access Australia directly.

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