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Training and Development

Training, learning and development

Mandatory training 

Accessible Customer Service Training - All employees (whether full-time, part-time or contract) are required to take the mandatory accessibility training.

Mandatory safety training (Safety Office) - Everyone working in paid or unpaid positions is required to complete the following mandatory training courses:

  • SO1001 Employee safety orientation
  • SO1081 Workplace violence awareness
  • SO2017 WHMIS 2015

Organizational & Human Development

Organizational & Human Development (OHD) is an on-campus department committed to supporting the professional and personal growth of University of Waterloo employees in lifelong learning. They offer a wide range of courses for the campus community on a variety of topics, from the Principles of Inclusivity series and Business Communication Certificate program to our Exceptional Service and Time Management courses. Further, OHD presents events that foster knowledge growth and collaboration, such as the annual Waterloo Staff Conference, which takes place in early spring. View the workshop descriptions and learn how to register.

Information Systems & Technology 

  • Lynda.comUniversity of Waterloo faculty, staff and graduate students can now access web based training from Lynda.com using their Waterloo Identity and Access Management (WatIAM) credentials.
  • Skills for the Electronic Workplace (SEW) 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 hrhelp@uwaterloo.ca or ext. 35935 for any questions.