Training and Development

Training, learning, and development

Mandatory training 

All employees (whether full-time, part-time or contract) and those in unpaid positions (volunteers) are required to take the mandatory training.

Organizational and Human Development

Organizational and Human Development (OHD) is an on-campus department committed to supporting the professional and personal growth of University of Waterloo employees in lifelong learning. The learning and development specialists of OHD offers workshops for employees on a variety of topics, from leadership and integrity to exploring values and collaboration. In addition, OHD can provide customized training solutions to our University colleagues. The OHD team will work with you to assess and address your concerns and needs.

As well OHD organizes and hosts the annual Waterloo Staff Conference for the University of Waterloo. This event brings engaging and informative keynotes to the campus and provides multiple in-house workshops developed by colleagues from across the university.

View the workshop descriptions and learn how to register.

Information Systems & Technology 

  • LinkedIn LearningUniversity of Waterloo faculty, staff and graduate students can now access web based training from LinkedIn Learning using their Waterloo Identity and Access Management (WatIAM) credentials.
  • IT Professional Development (ITPD) courses teach recommended computing skills.

Career advising

The Centre for Career Action provides confidential career advising to all employees at the University of Waterloo including contract staff (with contracts exceeding 1 year), regular staff, faculty, and research associates. View the Career development CareerHub and Employee services on the Centre for Career Action website.

Secondments and temporary reassignments

Secondments are fixed term opportunities for a regular staff member to gain valuable experience in another organizational unit with the knowledge that the staff member will return to her/his existing position when the term of the secondment has ended. An agreement is put into place between the University and the staff member in consultation with the two organizational unit heads and Human Resources. A secondment occurs between departments and advertising is campus-wide. View secondment opportunities.

Temporary reassignments are similar to secondments in that they are temporary opportunities. The difference is that these roles are within the employee’s home department and as such, if the position is advertised, the advertising for the opportunity is internal to the department. 

View the Staff FAQ for secondments and temporary reassignments to learn more.

Contact or ext. 45935 for any questions.