Environment and Safety Training

Training and competency is one element of the Health, Safety, and Environment Management System (HSEMS), which is a framework of policy, procedure, and program-level documents in support of safe working and learning activities at the University of Alberta. 

U of A senior administrators, supervisors, staff, and students conducting university-related activities be trained and competent to do so. Review the Training and Competency Assignment of AccountabilityProcedure, and program document to learn more.


What do I need to do before I start work?

1. Do a training needs assessment

Determining the training requirements is best completed by a supervisor who is familiar with the work and hazards associated with it. To determine your training needs:

  1. Review the Training Needs Assessment for work in most spaces on campus. The tool can be adapted to match the hazards in your space and work you will be doing (e.g., Training Needs Assessment for work in a Containment Level 2 biological laboratory)
  2. Make note of the courses you'll need, including courses that are specific to hazards you will be working with. 
2. Take the training
  1. Based on the hazards you've identified (and associated regulatory requirements), complete the appropriate HSE training and document the training using one of the following:
  2. You may require safety training that is not offered by HSE; contact other training providers to schedule your course. 
  3. Need training where no course exists?

    • Together with your supervisor, determine what skills/competencies you require for your role.
    • Find a person to describe and demonstrate those competencies.
    • Practice the skill/competency regularly until you and your supervisor feel comfortable.
    • Demonstrate and document the skill/competency as described below.

NOTE: You must complete training BEFORE starting work, so be sure to give yourself enough time.

3. Demonstrate competency

Before you start work, you must be able to demonstrate competency in your new skill. It is your supervisor's responsibility to ensure (and document) that you've 1) completed the online or classroom training, 2) practiced the skill while supervised, and 3) can demonstrate the skill without assistance. Use this competency assessment template.

Have questions about establishing competency? Ask HSE.

4. Print your certificate

For most courses, you can print your own certificate after you complete all assignments and assessments.


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