How to prepare or review a Disability Access Certificate Application (incorporating Part M 2010)

Organisation profile

O’Herlihy Access Consultancy aims to support organisations to ensure all aspects of their services are accessible. We provide high quality training, development & consultancy services to facilitate professional development, enhance organisational effectiveness and contribute to disability equality in Ireland.

We can work with you in the capacity of retained access advisor or on an ad hoc basis, completing everything from access auditing and the preparation of Disability Access Certificate Applications.

Training aim

The aim of this course is to equip participants with an understanding of the concept of Universal Design, the requirements of Part M 2010 and assist in the preparation or review of a Disability Access Certificate Applications.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the concepts of Universal Accessibility and Universal Design.
  • Explore the key design criteria for an accessible building and its surroundings.
  • Understand the key amendments of Part M 2010 & increased awareness of the implications of Technical Guidance Document M 2010 on the design of new buildings, extensions, material alterations and certain material changes of use.
  • Strengthen their knowledge of the Disability Act 2005, Part M of the Building Regulations, Building Control Act 2007 and other relevant legislation and their understanding of an accessible design process.
  • Appreciate the key role of management in maintaining built environment accessibility.
  • Learn the key requirements and criteria to develop or review a Disability Access Certificate Application.
  • Explore opportunities for disability proofing the planning and design processes.
  • Reflect on learning’s from best practice case studies.

Course outline

This programme introduces participants to the key principles of Universal Access and Universal Design to ensure all aspects of the built environment is accessible. This practical based workshop allows participants to gain an understanding of the latest best practice design criteria.  Day two of the course aims to build on participants’ existing knowledge of Part M 2010 and equip them with the skills to prepare or review a Disability Access Certificates Application.

Trainer's profile

Eoin O’Herlihy qualified with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Technology in Education in Materials and Engineering Technology. He continued his studies on a part time basis and completed an Engineering Research Master’s Degree in March 2003.  Eoin is currently the chairperson for the National Standards Authority of Ireland, Access for All Consultative Working Group 1 (Built Environment) and has been providing technical training on accessibility for the past four years.

Course duration

2 days

Assessment & certification

2 CPD credits

Who should attend

The content would be particularly beneficial to Architects, Architectural Technicians, Engineers, Building Control Officers, Access Officers, Fire Officers, Fire Safety Consultants, Facilities Managers all those with an interest in Building Regulations and making buildings accessible.

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