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Online access audit training

On-line access audit training

We have been delivering Access Audit training for nearly 20 years and during 2020 developed a system which allows us to present it online. We have been delivering this in Northern Ireland for a number of months so it is now tried and tested and available in England, Scotland and Wales. Here are a few comments from some people who have already taken the course.

Peter: “I thought the course was great. Really opened my eyes to the potential obstacles and issues that could arise. The content was delivered in a very straightforward and understandable manner.”

Davina: “Very in-depth course with good resources to allow you to carry out an Access Audit.”

Katie: “As an architect I started the course pretty familiar with accessible design requirements. However, with Ian’s teaching I have gained a greater understanding of the disabilities and impairments we must design for and the belief that truly inclusive design goes beyond the legislative requirements.”

Louise Boyce, Access and Inclusion Coordinator: “The online training has been the best I have seen and participated in as the content was of the highest quality for us all as users – a real portal of information and unlike face-to-face training we could go over areas of the training repeatedly as to create fuller understanding. The opportunities to access the facilitator were of a high professional standard, with online opportunities to question as you train and regular Zoom meetings. This was so helpful. This training is certainly accessible in these new challenging times and is highly recommended.”

Find out more about the training and hear some feedback watch this short film.

Online Access Audit Training

There are two courses available, one for Northern Ireland and the other for England, Scotland and Wales. The difference between the two is that Northern Ireland has the DDA with England Scotland and Wales having the Equality Act There is also a slight difference in the Building Regulations and these factors are highlighted throughout the training.

Below is a table showing the differences between the in-person and the on-line training.

The training is suitable for anyone who has an interest in understanding the built environment and helping to make it as accessible as possible. You do not need to have a background in construction or equalities to undertake the course.

The course will give you the basics to start carrying out Access Audits of existing buildings or design reviews of proposed buildings or extensions.
Throughout the course there is the opportunity to get in touch and ask questions along with the two on-line sessions. The meetings are a question and answer session – your opportunity to ask me questions about the course or maybe about a project you are working on.

Payment is either by the online portal on the Podia website at or by contacting us for an invoice. There are discounts available for multiple users.

Access auditor training comparison between in person training and online.

 In personOn-line
How many people is the training for?Up to 121 person.
Discounts are available for groups.
Where is the training held?You provide the venue as we come to you.*Wherever you set up your computer. The training is delivered via the Podia training platform.
How long does the training last?2 daysApproximately 11 hours of video plus two Zoom meetings.
Training manual 1
Topics covered
Introduction and about me
Everyday obstacles
User needs
Problems with buildings
Access Audits
Accessible Environments
PracticalWe spend up to half a day looking at examples and discussing options plus a walk around the building where we are delivering the training.We look at some photographs with a view of possible options.
Supplementary resource list and extras – part of the training manual
Site note Prompts - part of the training manual
Zoom meetingsWe allow for 2 two Zoom meetings. One mid-way through the training at a point in the training to suit you. The second once you have completed the training. These Zoom meetings are an opportunity for you to ask questions and discuss any points. The timings of the meetings are to be mutually agreed.

* The training room must be an appropriate suitable size for the number of delegates. It should have a suitable screen for a projector to project on to. It is preferable if you can provide a projector, but we can bring ours if required. We will require notification at time the of booking.

1 The training manual is a pdf document of approximately 180 pages. It contains all the information on the screen including diagrams but not photographs.

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