Training programs


Employees (mandatory for all employees)

People considered employees are:

  • Faculty
  • CUPE
  • Co-op Students/Unpaid Learners
  • Visiting Faculty/Post-Docs
  • Staff
  • Graduate Students
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Undergraduate Students Employed at UWaterloo​

Those working in paid or unpaid positions at University of Waterloo must complete the following training:

Delivery Course ID Duration
Online Employee Safety Orientation (SO1001) 1 hour
Online WHMIS 2015 (SO2017)  1 hour
Online Workplace Violence Awareness (SO1081) 1 hour
Online Returning to Campus Safely During COVID-19 (SO2036) 30 minutes

The mandatory Accessibility Training module is available through HR.

Please also review the hazard-specific training section for additional courses you may be required to complete.

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Supervisor training

In addition to mandatory employee training, all supervisors and managers are required to complete:

Delivery Course ID Duration
Online Supervisor Orientation Online (SO1100) 1 hour

Supervisors working in higher risk areas (laboratories, technical and maintenance shops, areas where hazardous materials are used, commercial kitchens or custodial) must also complete the following training:

Delivery Course ID Duration Prerequisite
Online Risk Assessment (SO2500) 1 hour  
Classroom Incident Investigation (SO1012) 3 hours Risk Assessment (SO2500)
Classroom Inspecting The Workplace (SO1007) 3 hours Risk Assessment (SO2500)

Supervisors working in higher risk areas (laboratories, technical and maintenance shops, areas where hazardous materials are used, commercial kitchens or custodial) are strongly encouraged to complete the following training:

Delivery Course ID Duration Prerequisite
Classroom Risk Assessment Application (SO2501) 1.5 hours Risk Assessment (SO2500)

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Hazard-specific training

The following training is mandatory, job-specific training for supervisors and employees working with hazards. 

Delivery Course ID Duration
Online Asbestos Awareness Online (SO1062) 30 minutes
Online Biosafety (SO1069) 1 - 1.5 hours
Classroom Confined Space Entry (SO1023) 3 hours
Online Cryogenic and Compressed Gas Safety (SO1030) 1 hour
Classroom Elevated Work Platforms (SO1036) 4 hours
Online Electrical Awareness (SO2033) 1 hour
Classroom Fall Protection (SO1026) 2 hours
Classroom Fire Extinguisher Training (SO1088) 1 hour
Online Fire Warden Training (SO1040) 30 minutes
Classroom First Aid - Emergency (SO1038) 8 hours
Classroom First Aid - Standard (SO1039) 16 hours (2 days)
Classroom Forklift Training (SO1027) 4 hours
Online Hazardous Waste Segregation (SO2035) 1 hour
Online Heat Stress Awareness (SO2031) 30 minutes
Classroom Incident Investigation (SO1012) 3 hours
Classroom Inspecting the Workplace (SO1007) 3 hours
Classroom Inspection of Slings and Chains (SO1035) 1 hour
Online Laboratory Safety (SO1010) 1 hour
Classroom Ladder Safety (SO1050) 1 hour
Online Laser Safety (SO1066) 2 hours
Online Office Ergonomics (SO1056) 1 hour
Classroom Ontario Fire Code - Part 4 (Flammable & Combustible Liquids) 1 hour
Classroom Safe Chemical Handling (SO2016) 3 hours
Online Working In Cleanrooms (SO9999) 2 hours
Online Working With Radiation (SO2030) 1 hour
Online X-ray Safety (SO1011) 2 hours

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Students

All undergraduates requiring Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) training are required to take:

Delivery Course ID Duration
Online WHMIS 2015 (SO2017)                                                       1 hour

Students volunteering or working with student teams and groups may also be asked by their team/sponsor to complete the following course:

Delivery Course ID Duration
Online Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps (Students) 1 hour

Please also review the hazard-specific training section for additional courses you may be required to complete.

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How to register for training

  1. Click on a training course to open the training description. 
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the training description and click on the "How do I register?" drop-down.
  3. Follow the instructions to register for that course.  

You must have an active WatIAM account to register for training. If you do not have an account, visit your Faculty computing help desk or the CHIP desk in IST.