About the U of A Employee Orientation Course


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The Faculty and Staff Orientation Event is part of the University of Alberta Onboarding Program. In this in-person, virtual event you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the University of Alberta and build your sense of belonging through opportunities to network with other members of the campus community.

This session builds on the knowledge developed in the online, self-paced University of Alberta Employee Orientation Course. It is strongly recommended that all session participants complete the online orientation course prior to attending the in-person, virtual event.

Sessions are scheduled on a monthly basis*:

  • August 30, 2022, 9 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
  • September 27, 2022 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • October 26, 2022, 9 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
  • November 30, 2022, 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

*subject to change

Haven't completed the University of Alberta Employee Orientation Course? Learn more and self-enrol.

Note that orientation to your specific role and work area (i.e. job-specific orientation) is not covered and is the responsibility of your supervisor, manager or leader.

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The University of Alberta Employee Orientation Course is designed to help you copilot your onboarding journey and set you on a path where you can thrive and grow in your role. Combined with the U of A Onboarding Program, this self-paced, multimodal and interactive course provides you with a structured overview of the university’s mission, values, priorities and community expectations. Throughout the course, you will be equipped with tools and resources to support your onboarding journey.

To support your success, most employees are required to complete this course within 30 days of beginning their appointment.* The estimated time of completion for the course is 4 hours. Employees are encouraged to complete the course over several sittings during the first 30 days.

  1. Most new employees are automatically enrolled in the course through the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Training site
  2. Begin the course on or before your first day of work and progress at your own pace, completing it within the first 30 days of your role. Your progress is saved allowing you to pick up where you left off.
  3. Upon completion of the course, download your record of completion. Your supervisor will be notified of your successful completion.

If you are a current or transitioning employee who wishes to take the course, you are invited to enroll in the course in the HSE Training site using your CCID.

*Academic Faculty, Faculty Service Officers (FSO), Trust/Research Academic Staff (TRAS), Academic Teaching Staff (ATS), Post-doctoral fellows and students are not automatically enrolled in the course. Employees from these categories can self-enroll in the course if they wish to complete it.

Phase 2 of the Onboarding Program, which is currently under consideration, will include an orientation course designed to meet the needs of academic faculty and postdoctoral fellows.

Employees who do not have a dedicated computer as part of their role can complete the required training by accessing a campus computer lab. A CCID and password is required to log into the computers.

Module Overview


Module 1: Copilot Your Onboarding Journey

Learn about your role and responsibilities, develop strategies to build and maintain your relationship with your supervisor and access tools and resources to copilot your onboarding journey.


Module 2: Who We Are–Leading with Purpose

Learn about the university’s vision, mission and values and build an understanding of its structure and the University of Alberta for Tomorrow (UAT).

Module 3: Our Priorities

Develop an understanding of the two key institutional priorities: Indigenous Initiatives Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity

Module 4: Community Expectations–University Policies and Procedures

Learn about university policies and procedures that govern behaviour to ensure the safety, dignity and inclusion of all members of the U of A community.

Module 5: A Healthy and Safe Workplace

Develop your understanding of Health, Safety and Environment services and expectations to facilitate safe, healthy and environmentally responsible work, research and learning.

Learn about health, wellbeing and safe disclosure resources and support available to U of A employees.

Module 6: My Employment

Develop an understanding of your employment relationship by learning about employee types and union associations. Review the terms and conditions of your employment.


Module 7: Creating a Culture of Service Excellence

Develop an understanding of service excellence culture as an organizational priority and shared responsibility. Complete your service excellence self-assessment and prepare for a conversation with your supervisor.

Module 8: Looking Ahead–Learning and Development

Learn about resources, training and development programming available to you when you are ready to explore new competencies, build your knowledge and expertise or prepare for new opportunities.