Access Auditor Training incorporating Part M 2010 and the Disability Access Certificate Application Process

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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 Certificates.

Training aim

The aim of this course is to equip participants with the skills required to carry out an access audit and gain an understanding of Universal Access and Universal Design and assist in the preparation and review of a Disability Access Certificates Applications. The course also aims to ensure participants appreciate the key content of Technical Guidance Document (TGD) M 2010. 

Learning objectives

Understand the key amendments to Part M 2010 of the Building Requirements.

Increased awareness of the implications of TGD 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, Disability Access Certificates and other relevant legislation.

Understand Disability Equality and Accessibility (Legislation, Access to Services, Disability Awareness)

Increase their understanding of an accessible design process and understand the concepts of universal accessibility, universal design and Access to the Built and external Environment, appreciate the key role of management in maintaining built environment and be able to carry out an access audit.

Course outline

This programme introduces the key principles of Universal Access, Universal Design, Disability Access Certificates and Access Auditing to ensure all aspects of the built environment are accessible. Day two and three of the course aims to build on participants’ existing knowledge of Part M 2010 and equip them with the skills to carry out an access audit of the built environment and as part of the course, participants will carry out an access audit on a chosen building.

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

3 day

Assessment & certification

3 CPD credits - as part of the training programme, participants carry out a number of practical exercises including an access audit.

Who should attend

The content would be particularly beneficial to all Consulting Engineers, Architects, Architectural Technicians, Building Officers, Local Authority technical staff, Planners, Construction personnel, Surveyors, H&S Officers and Facilities Managers.