Accessibility Assessors, Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification


Status:                                   Full-time

Positions:                              3

Term:                                     September 3, 2018 – March 31, 2019

Location:                               RHF Office in Richmond, BC (periodically) and Work Remotely

This role requires field work. Valid Canadian Driver’s License required. Access to a vehicle is strongly preferred. Travel throughout BC may be required.


Founded on the legacy of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is a Canadian registered charity with the vision of creating a fully inclusive and accessible world where people with disabilities are living to their full potential. Through our programs and partnerships, we break down barriers for people with disabilities by changing attitudes, creating accessible spaces and inspiring an inclusive society.



Reporting to the Manager, Accessibility Certification Pilot Programs, the Accessibility Assessors will work remotely as well as periodically in the offices of the Rick Hansen Foundation in Richmond.


The Accessibility Assessors will regularly visit properties on their own to assess all sections of the rating system and how it relates to the built environment. On-site assessments include conducting client relations, taking measurements, notes and photo documentation of the entire facility. Once the field work is complete, Accessibility Assessors will fill in the RHFAC Workbook spreadsheet, label and choose supporting photographic evidence of site features, add reasoning and justifications for scores to features and, based on the rating, provide information regarding key areas of success and improvement for accessibility retrofits.


The Accessibility Assessors must successfully complete a two (2) week course, including assignments, created by the Rick Hansen Foundation and delivered at the Vancouver Community College (VCC) and successfully pass an examination of the RHFAC material conducted by the CSA Group.


A commitment of September 3, 2018 through March 31, 2019 is required.


*On-the-job-training will be provided for people with built environment experience such as building inspection, and construction, or for a new graduate in engineering or architecture. Built environment experience enables the start date to be immediate.



  • Successfully complete college level classroom training in the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Program presented at the Vancouver Community College (VCC), which includes reading and studying course material, doing research, and assignments;
  • Successfully pass an examination of the RHFAC material facilitated by the CSA Group;
  • Conduct ratings of physical locations throughout BC by applying the RHFAC Accessibility Certification to each facility or built environment, which will include commercial, institutional, and residential buildings and outdoor trails;
  • Collect appropriate field data and photographic evidence and other details;



  • Interpret results according to RHFAC criteria including the application of qualitative and quantitative analysis of relevant building code, construction drawings, accessibility standards and inclusive design best practices;
  • Enter data into the survey database and RHFAC Registry and write summaries and reports as required;
  • Conduct ongoing research and proactively keep up-to-date on material related to building code, barrier- free construction and inclusive design;
  • Provide feedback regarding the Rating System, including rating criteria, ease of use and the evaluation and adjudicating processes;
  • Provide feedback and evaluation of classroom and field training; and
  • Performs other duties in keeping with the purpose and accountabilities of the job.




  • Post-secondary education in a related discipline with the built environment, such as architecture, engineering, construction, urban planning, surveying, facilities management, or accessibility and inclusive design;
  • Experience in architecture, interior design, engineering, building inspection or construction fields preferred. New graduates in the above encouraged to apply;
  • Experience with photography in order to understand how to frame shots including establishing, wide and medium shots is an asset; and
  • Knowledge of the built environment, such as an understanding of construction drawings and building code preferred.



  • Effective interpersonal, time-management, organizational and problem-solving skills;
  • Effective oral and written communication with the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with others;
  • Strong spatial aptitude, with ability to visualize in three dimensions;
  • High attention to detail and analytical mindset;
  • Effective computer skills including a strong proficiency of MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Ability to deal with the pressures of conducting and completing a high volume of RHFAC ratings independently;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and work with integrity;
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Ability to travel throughout BC.

An equivalent combination of education, experience and skills/behaviours will be considered HOW TO APPLY

RHF is a dynamic, challenging and rewarding place to work; our success begins with our people. We are committed to building a diverse workforce representative of the communities we serve and highly encourage qualified candidates with disabilities to apply. If you are interested in being a part of our innovative team and are passionate about making a difference, we hope that you will consider a career with us.



Interested and qualified candidates can apply quoting competition #2018-19 by July 13, 2018. While we thank all applications for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For more information on the Rick Hansen Foundation, please visit our website at


Information about the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Program

The RHFAC is a tiered rating system used to determine the accessibility of the built environment, including commercial, institutional, and residential buildings and outdoor trails.


Trained Accessibility Assessors are responsible for the following:

  • conducting physical accessibility ratings of buildings and trails throughout BC using the RHFAC;
  • allocating points to categories of the built environment to determine the building’s overall level of meaningful access;
  • completing the rating survey within a questionnaire format, upon completion of field work; and
  • submitting the survey along with supporting photos and comments to the Certification Adjudicator via an online platform.


Accessibility Assessors are situated across Canada and may rate a variety of sites for the certification program, including commercial, industrial, and multi-residential buildings, and trails and pathways.


Adjudication is conducted through a review of all features of the submission, and a determination that the points allocated by the Accessibility Assessor are supported by the corresponding photographs and comments, the RHFAC program guidelines and general Universal Design principles.


In the event the rating is not satisfactory, the Certification Adjudicator is responsible for requesting amendments from the Accessibility Assessor through clear feedback and instruction. Once the Accessibility Assessor makes amendments or provides further clarity, the Certification Adjudicator will re-review the rating survey for certification approval.

Friday, July 13, 2018