PDF accessibility

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

Why you should attend

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

Who will benefit from this training?

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

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.

Get 10 training courses for the price of 8

To help you get even better value in the year ahead, we have a 10 for the price of 8 bundle on 2024 AbilityNet online training courses for you and your team to enjoy. 

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Book Now: Thursday 22 August 2024

  • 13:00 to 15:00 BST (2 hours)

Please note: after purchasing a ticket you are able to reassign the ticket, if somebody different to the ticket purchaser will be attending the training.

Attendees of the live training session will receive a Certificate of Attendance to add to their professional development training portfolio.

If you're looking for training for more than 8 people on a single course, please contact us about our great value in-house training options.

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Attendees of the live training will receive a recording of the course. If you are not attending the live training you can buy an existing recording of the course on demand:

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Course overview

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. 

What you will learn

  • Introduction to PDF accessibility

  • Testing PDFs for accessibility

  • Working with tags in PDFs

  • Accessibility of scanned documents

  • Accessibility in PDF forms

Attendees will receive a link to a recording of the training course to watch at your leisure.

“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

"As a national charity, it’s vital that we reach as many people as possible. AbilityNet’s training courses are clear, modern, understandable, and supports us in reaching our goal of becoming more accessible. It is obvious that AbilityNet is driven by passion and dedication to accessibility – and that is infectious." - Ellie Lundberg, Women’s Aid

"Very insightful and informative."

"Big complex topic, but I have a better understanding of where we need to be and how we may get there."

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


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Meet your trainer - Paul Speller

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Paul Speller is an Accessibility and Usability Consultant at AbilityNet.

His role includes carrying out in-depth accessibility audits and other reviews of websites and apps, as well as providing consultancy and training to staff at a wide range of organisations.

His professional background is in the public sector, where he led on embedding accessibility into the organisation-wide digital practices of a London borough council.

He is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC), awarded by the IAAP.

Paul also enjoys making the most of the huge variety of food and cultural activities around London!

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.

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Date and time

Click on the date below to book your place for a future course:

Thursday 22 August 2024
13:00 to 15:00 BST

Thursday 28 November 2024
13:00 to 15:00 GMT



Online via Zoom


  • Delivered on Zoom using its automated captions feature
  • Advanced sharing of slides if required
  • Captioned recording with transcript provided

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