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Introduction to Universal Access Auditing

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 Introduction to Universal Access Auditing

One Day Training Course 



Access to the built and external environment affects a large number of people within society. It is accepted throughout the European Union that at any one time 15-20% of the population will have a significant level of disability of a temporary or permanent nature.


Access audits are inspections of buildings or external environments aimed at assessing their accessibility against relevant standards and best practice guidelines, such as National Disability Authority (NDA) Guidelines, “Building for Everyone” and BS8300:2009.


This one-day course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of accessibility issues, applicable best practice guidelines and standards and of the role of an access auditor. 

Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this training course, delegates should be able to:


  • Understand barriers to access in the built environment
  • Be familiar with applicable best practice guidelines and relevant standards
  • Understand the role of an access auditor and main principles of access auditing 

Who Should Attend


This training course is for anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of access auditing issues and gain increased awareness of universal design and accessibility.  Examples of functions who may wish to attend this course include;

  • Access officers
  • Personnel responsible for access issues in public or private sector,
  • Health and safety consultants,
  • Building managers,
  • Architects,
  • Fire safety professionals,
  • Disability groups, etc. 

Course Programme


  • Introduction to Accessibility and Inclusive environment issues – definitions, statistics, terminology used, etc.
  • The Social Vs Medical models of disability
  • Outline of Irish and International context: legislation, guidelines & best practice
  • Role of Access Auditor
  • Access auditing methodology - basic principles
  • Introduction  to design guidance
  • Illustrations of Good vs Bad practice 

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Course Times

9.00am - 5.00pm

In-House Courses

For In-House courses, the tutor will contact you in advance to discuss the course programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically for your organisation.

Course Manual

Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

This course is available exclusively on an In-House basis.

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