Currently we have a number of accredited Barrier Free Advisors who use their qualifications, experience and knowledge within councils, hospitals, disability organisations, mental health and social work, occupational therapy, architect and design companies, or they are independant consultants.
The New Zealand Building Act 2004 states that public buildings must provide access and facilities for people with disabilities. Access requirements can appear complex and are often forgotten about when renovating an existing building, in a rebuild or in changing the use of a building.
Our Barrier Free Advisors are an invaluable source of information and will provide advice and guidance on how to build right the first time, thereby avoiding unnecessary additional cost which could be incurred in implementing later changes. Their advice will maximise potential use of the building by all people.
Becoming a Barrier Free Advisor
To obtain accredited Barrier Free Advisor status, you must attend a 2day Barrier Free Seminar, a 1day Seminar Module 5 - Becoming a BFA, and successfully complete all assessments and reports required.
The total cost of becoming an accredited BFA will be $1930 plus GST. This includes:
- 2day Barrier Free Seminar (Modules 1-4)
- Assessments of Modules 1 - 4
- Module 5 - Becoming a Barrier Free Advisor
- Three trial audit reports
Excluded in the cost quoted is travel and accommodation costs associated with attending seminars.
Depending on your workload, completion of the entire Barrier Free Advisor pathway, could take up to a year. Two years is permitted for completion of the qualification.
If you would like to become a Barrier Free Advisor, please register for a 2day seminar or contact us for further information.