PDF accessibility

Learn how to test and remediate PDFs to ensure they are accessible

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  • Thursday 3 November 2022
  • 13:00 to 15:00 GMT

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Length of course: 2 hours (including 5 min break)

What will be covered

Back by popular demand, this course explains how to test and remediate PDFs to ensure they are accessible.

The course shows how to test PDFs for accessibility as well as demonstrating remediation techniques you can use if you have a PDF with accessibility issues, including PDFs where you lack the original source document or PDFs that originate from scans. It also covers how to make a PDF form accessible. 

This course will look at

  • Introduction to PDF accessibility

  • Testing PDFs for accessibility

  • Working with tags in PDFs

  • Accessibility of scanned documents

  • Accessibility in PDF forms

Learning objectives

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of an accessible PDF and issues with making them accessible

  • Know how to check a PDF for accessibility, including using the automated tools available

  • Understand how to manually edit the tags in a PDF

  • Know how to work with PDFs that originate from scans

  • Understand how to make PDF forms accessible

Level of training

  • Intermediate. It may be beneficial if attendees have some prior knowledge of accessibility standards and principles, as can be gained from our free Introduction to Digital Accessibility course

    It would be beneficial if attendees have attended How to create accessible documents with Word and PDF prior to this course. The course assumes some knowledge of making Word/Office documents accessible before conversion to PDF and does not cover this in the detail provided in the prior course. This course focuses on using Acrobat Pro to test and remediate your PDFs.

Who is this training for

This course is aimed at:

  • Content authors

  • Designers

  • Testers

  • Trainers / Teachers / Academics

  • Anyone who needs to create fully accessible PDFs as part of their role

Important information 

Class size: We limit the number of people on our training courses to ensure all attendees can engage with the presenter, ask questions and have an informative experience

What to bring: You will need a good internet connection, access to a laptop or desktop computer and to be able to open/use the Zoom platform without restrictions on your device

Location: Online - this course is delivered via the Zoom platform


  • The course will be delivered with live captions
  • We can share slides in advance if required
  • A captioned recording with transcript will be shared with attendees after the live event

Why train with us?

  • 97% of attendees rated our webinars and training ‘Excellent' or ’Good’ in 2019
  • Attendees will receive a link to the recording of the training to watch back at your leisure after the event. (And you’ll always have access to the latest advice as we will update the content on the link when the training is repeated in the future.)

What our previous attendees say

“Another excellent training session from AbilityNet. The training was incredibly informative and has given me a lot of practical knowledge that I now feel confident in applying to my work. I found the discussions on why PDFs aren’t always the best format really interesting and the knowledge of how to remediate accessibility issues is invaluable. The course included so much information and detailed examples, having the recording to refer to will be really useful. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who works with PDF content! [Five stars]”
- Louise Rutledge, Digital Comms Officer at Samaritans

"Very insightful and informative."

“I’d say that the training is essential for those responsible for the content of public websites.”

Meet our trainer

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James Baverstock is an Accessibility & Usability Consultant at AbilityNet. His role includes carrying out design reviews, accessibility audits, user testing and providing in-depth consultancy to organisations on web accessibility and usability.
His background includes experience of website management, automated testing systems and consultancy on digital policies and standards. He is accredited with the Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) qualification awarded by IAAP and holds an MSc in Information Systems from City University.

About our training team

Our trainers have decades of experience between them. They deliver accessibility consultancy ranging from technical audits and user tests, through to ongoing involvement in the accessibility of enterprise-level agile projects. They regularly champion accessibility at conferences, lead webinars, and run workshops.