Accessibility Auditing

  • 8 x 3.5 hour sessions via Zoom
  • Laptop required
  • Bespoke price on application
  • Max. 15 students

Full training (in 2 parts – elementary and advanced) for people wanting to gain accreditation in accessibility auditing of desktop and mobile websites. Provides understanding of all WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria, how to test sites against them efficiently, and how to document findings clearly in audit reports.

Auditing is essential for assessing where a website or application passes or fails the WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility guidelines. Learning to audit website against WCAG success criteria effectively takes skills and practice. Our audit courses provide deep understanding, and a thorough but efficient process for accessibility testing.

There are two blocks of 4 half-day sessions – Elementary and Advanced – with a gap in-between for trainees to practice what they’ve learnt before taking it up a level:

  • Elementary: The Elementary course explains the basics of auditing: scoping an audit, how to test each success criterion on desktop using a core set of testing tools including the NVDA screen reader, and how to score and grade accessibility issues found. We use real-world exercises throughout to assess your knowledge and progress.
  • Advanced: The Advanced course goes into more depth on each success criterion, including testing them on iOS and Android, and how to work out and document the simplest way for someone to fix issues. This course also includes an accredited accessibility audit exam for both desktop and mobile, to prove delegates growth in professional capability.

This workshop is only available bespoke. Please contact us to ask any questions.

You will learn how to...

Audit websites on desktop and mobile in a precise and efficient way

  • How to efficiently test each WCAG 2.1 AA Success Criterion on desktop and mobile websites, using a core set of tools including screen readers
  • How Assistive Technologies are used by disabled users
  • How to scope an audit (which pages to choose) and estimate how long it will take to do
  • How to organise an audit to minimise the time it takes, and make sure you don't miss any success criteria
  • How to assign priority levels to issues you find
  • How to write-up your findings into an audit report
  • (Advanced course) How to make recommendations for simple ways to fix the issues you find

Who is it for?

Suitable for any digital professionals who want to comprehensively learn and become accredited in how to perform accessibility audits on desktop and mobile websites. It is more detailed and in-depth than our QA training, and will equip you with knowledge needed to become an accessibility auditor.

Benefits

To you

  • The ability to perform accessibility audits is a reasonably rare and in-demand skill which can advance your career
  • The ability to do audits on desktop and mobile ensures your audit skills are up to date with current digital product strategies

To your organisation

  • Training your staff in accessibility auditing means you will not need to rely on external auditors to test your websites, which can save you money and allow you to do more audits to minimise legal risk
  • Developing accessibility knowledge in-house gives those fixing issues found in an audit (e.g. developers) easier access to the auditor’s expertise, if they have any questions

Prerequisites

Skills

  • The Elementary and Advanced courses are designed to work together, with the advanced course reinforcing skills introduced on the first course, as well as introducing new materials and enabling trainees to test their readiness to do full audits with an accreditation exam. However, the elementary course can also be taken on its own, for those testers who want to understand all of WCAG 2.1 AA, but who don’t need the advanced techniques.

Tech

  • Laptop with the core (free) accessibility testing tools that we'll introduce and use on the course pre-installed

Meet one of our trainersAbout Jon

Jon has over 15 years’ experience in accessibility and usability, working for a wide range of multinational organisations across the mobile, finance and energy sectors. With a background in Psychology and Information systems, Jon is passionate about enabling everyone to use technology effectively in their day-to-day lives. He creates accessibility solutions that are practical, elegant and human centred. Jon explains accessibility in real-world terms that focus on finding the optimal balance be…

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