Courses in inclusive design and access

The NRAC does not accredit or specifically recommend any of the following courses. Application to the NRAC is skills based and there is not a direct link between any of the following courses and gaining membership of the NRAC. These details are provided only to assist those seeking to locate courses. All details known at the time of writing have been included.

  1. Short courses
  2. Long courses

Short Courses

About Access

Contact Ian Streets on 01482 651101 or for more details.
Also see our website

Access Auditor Training

Disability Equality and Awareness Training

User Needs

Online modules

Centre for Accessible Environments

Contact the Training Coordinator, tel 020 7822 8232 or email More details on the website

 Inclusive Environments - access auditing and the legislation (four times a year)

In-house training for occupational therapists

In-house bespoke training and CPD packages

Centre for Accessible Environments and Habinteg

Lifetime Homes Training

In recognition of the need for a more technical understanding of Lifetime Homes, Habinteg and CAE have produced a new one-day Lifetime Homes training course, aimed at a professional audience including architects, planners, developers and Registered Social Landlord development staff.

This will cover all aspects of the subject, including:

    * the 16 Lifetime Homes design criteria
    * interpretation and compliance
    * comparisons between Lifetime Homes criteria and Part M
    * best practice and additional guidance

The one-day course will offer opportunities to pose questions about Lifetime
Homes, and delegates will be invited to take part in practical exercises, helping
them gain an in-depth understanding of the design criteria and their application.

For booking forms and queries please click here for the CAE training website

General information on the Lifetime Homes criteria, can be found on the Lifetime Homes website

Cromer Portland

Please note that all Cromer Portland training courses are still available from Jean Hewitt (see entry under Jean Hewitt)

Dickinson Associates

Contact Peter Shallcross 01606 557111.

More details on the website

Accessible environments courses

Disability East -- Essex Disabled People's Association

Contact EDPA on tel 01245 253 400 or email More details on the website

Access Auditors Course

Evans Jones LLP

Evans Jones has an enviable reputation for training, seminars and public addresses. We are regularly asked to train auditors and make presentations on aspects of the law and disability legislation. Training ranges from short sessions for CPD purposes through to extended courses for access auditors and property professionals.

Detailed below is an overview of our forthcoming Access Auditor training course.

Access Auditor Training Course

The Evans Jones LLP Access Auditor Course is designed to give candidates a sound basis for a career in access auditing: The course covers:

The course develops, to undertake an access audit of all elements of a property, including its management and maintenance, using simple survey tools. Participants will be encouraged to produce their own access audit at the end of the course which will be reviewed by one of the trainers and NRAC consultants following completion.

Course duration: Two days

Course dates:

Cost: £500 + VAT per person

CIPFA Property

Courses designed primarily for Local Authorities and organisations with large property portfolios and can be customised to their specific needs. Courses are charged at a daily rate for the trainer, and are normally held at the clients own premises.

Contact: David Brindley, tel 01244 399699 or fax 01244 399601. More details on the website

Access audit training

Harrow Association of Disabled people

Contact Yvonne Young, tel 0208 861 9920, fax 0208 861 9921, or email

Jean Hewitt Consulting Limited

Training programmes include:

Jean is a chartered FM Surveyor with NRAC, IEC and MIFPO accreditation.  She holds a City and Guilds Certificate in teaching in the field of access and disability and delivers training regularly for the British Institute of Facilities Management, Citylit and other professional providers. Individual or group in-house training sessions delivered throughout the UK.

Contact Jean Hewitt, tel 01707 251246, mobile 07850 111 955 , email

Equality Act for Building Managers (1, 2 or 3 days)

These tailored programmes give a broad spectrum of pan-disability learning opportunities from legislation and standards, through to practical quick-win suggestions for improving accessibility to services. Workshops include a mini audit, and problem-solving of everyday scenarios. All programmes are interwoven with disability equality and awareness exercises, giving delegates a holistic approach to accessibility and universal design.

Access and Disability Equality and Awareness for Customer Facing Staff (1.5-3 hours)
These sessions are highly interactive, enabling all attendees to reach a broad understanding of the Equality Act and the way in which access to services can be improved. This is a non-technical course designed to challenge thinking about disability issues, encouraging debate and discussion around inclusive service provision. It is ideal for any front of house staff, including reception, security, tour guides, retail operators etc. Bespoke programmes are also arranged to meet specific client needs and delegate information and comprehensive study packs can be provided.

RNIB Access Consultancy Services (formerlyJMU Access Partnership)

Workshops for a maximum of 16 participants. Highly participative, comprising presentations, question and answer sessions, discussions and practical case studies. Held on various dates in different locations around the UK. Offices in London, Leeds, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Contact Michael Parsons, Training Coordinator, tel 020 7391 2002, or email More details on the website

Access Awareness (one day)

Access Statements (one day)

Planning for Access (one day)

Access in the Pedestrian Environment (one day)

Signage and Wayfinding (one day)

Colour and Contrast

Introduction to Access Consultancy (two day)

MaceMark Access Consultants

Contact Val Markley on 01303 647123 or email  More details on website

Access Auditor training

Construction training for Access Auditors

Disability equality and awareness training

Technical standards and inclusive design

Equality Act 2010

Housing adaptations for Occupational Therapists

American, European and British legislation in regard to shipping and shipping services

This course is suitable for ferry, cruise and larger pleasure trip operators.

Other bespoke access or disability related courses available please contact us to discuss your requirements.

RIBA North West

Contact Anthony Bott or Melinda Mowbray on tel 01565 652 927

Becoming an Access Consultant

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

RICS is staging two consecutive access training courses held over three days. The courses are designed to help participants understand inclusive environments and access statements.

Contact the Events Assistant, tel 020 7695 1600. For more information visit the website

Inclusive Environments (two-day course)

Access Statements/Part M (one-day course held directly after Inclusive Environments)

RNIB Business Services Training Programme

RNIB are currently promoting a wide range of open courses. This includes training in disability awareness, accessible information, website design, product design and accessible environments.

If you would like to discuss any RNIB training courses or services, please contact The Business Development Team, Tel - 01733 375345 Fax - 01733 375379, email

Courses are available covering the following areas -

Customer Service

Information Provision

Product Design

Accessible Environment

Access to Employment

For more information on Accessible Environment courses, dates and prices please see the training pages on

Vision Sense

Vision Sense is running a series of short courses in the North of England. Contact Tom Morgan, tel 0845 108 0553, email For more information visit the website

Disabled People, Employment and HR, Policy, Practice and DDA Legal Update

Inclusive Environments, Facilities and Buildings, including Access and Emergency Egress of Disabled People.

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Long Courses

University of Salford

Full details of our programme are available on our website and we would also be delighted to answer specific enquiries online, by phone or in person.
Your initial point of contact is:
Rita Newton
SURFACE Inclusive Design Research Centre
T: +44 (0)161 295 4600

We welcome learners with all types of interest in Accessibility & Inclusive Design, enabling students to undertake projects in their own area of expertise, as well as widening their understanding of the needs of others, be they clients, users, planners, designers or health professionals.

The University of Reading

MSc Inclusive Environments (Flexible Modular Masters Programme)



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