“There is no substitute for the ability to read.
For blind people, braille is an essential tool in the process of becoming literate.”

Professional Development


Certification Update -- Unified English Braille (UEB)

If you are already a BLC/CNIB-certified braille transcriber this course enables you to update your certification. CNIB is currently offering this UEB update free of charge.

Course Overview:

  • a self-directed course; 
  • help available;
  • covers eleven topics with fifteen practice exercises;
  • answers included;
  • available in print (41 pages) or braille (55 pages, 40 cells per line, 25 lines per page)

Participants are required to have access to The Rules of Unified English Braille (the Rulebook) which is available as a print pdf file or as a braille file from the ICEB website.

By the end of the course, participants will understand the basic principles of UEB, be familiar with the most commonly used symbols, and know the Rulebook well enough to find and use the symbols needed to transcribe literary material.  This course also introduces some basic technical concepts.

For more information

Email: braille.certification@cnib.ca

Phone: 416 486-2500, ext. 7530

Unified English Braille (UEB) Transcription Certification

Successful completion of this intensive correspondence course qualifies individuals to transcribe English print materials into braille. No previous knowledge of braille is required.

Course Overview:

  • 22-lessons
  • Each lesson includes transcription and reading exercises to be submitted for marking
  • 10-15 hours required to complete a lesson;
  • Work with an instructor;
  • Instruction manual (From Print To Braille With UEB) provided.

Course Requirements:

  • Access to The Rules of Unified English Braille (the Rulebook) which is available as a print PDF file or as a braille file from the ICEB website.
  • A computer and braille six-key input software which is available for download; or a brailler with 40 cells per line and 25 lines per page.
  • Topics to be covered:

    • Contracted braille
    • Punctuation and commonly used symbols
    • Typeforms
    • Accents
    • Basic technical concepts
    • Mathematical symbols
    • Fractions
    • Spatial arrangements
    • Superscripts and subscripts
    • Basic format: paragraphs, braille page numbering, major headings, and lists


    $500 with a 50% reduction for CNIB clients

    For more information

    Email: braille.certification@cnib.ca

    Phone: 416 486-2500, ext. 7654

Transitioning to Unified English Braille

Hadley School for the Blind

The Hadley School for the Blind is pleased to offer a new “Transitioning to Unified English Braille” course for professionals beginning in January 2015. The course will be available in print and braille (online version is in development). Thanks to the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), this professional course will be tuition-free through the end of calendar year 2015.

The six-lesson course provides a structured approach to learning the difference between EBAE (English Braille American Edition) and Unified English Braille (UEB). Abundant examples and exercises will help students progress easily and transition to the new code. Prerequisites include strong contracted reading and writing skills in EBAE or SEB (Standard English Braille).

“Transitioning to Unified English Braille” also will be offered to students in Hadley’s Adult Continuing Education/High School Program and Family Education Program, free of charge on an ongoing basis.

For more information and to pre-enroll:

Please contact Student Services at 800-526-9909

Email: student_services@hadley.edu.

Visit: www.hadley.edu/UEB

Braille Transcription (UEB) Online Certificate of Recognition

Chinook Learning Services

This course is suitable for individuals who are new to braille or who have previously taken a Literary Braille course and would like extra review and practice while learning UEB. Access the course from your home computer. Classes are delivered online through the CBE's D2L program and Blackboard (Elluminate). You will receive the Braille Transcription (UEB) Online Certificate of Recognition upon completion of this program.

This 46-hour certificate is recognized by the Calgary Board of Education to meet the qualifications for the position of Braille Assistant.


23 Classes: $450


Phone: 403-777-7224

Email: chinookconted@cbe.ab.ca