Training programs

Depending on your role at the University of Waterloo, there is specific mandatory training you need to complete as part of Waterloo's Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Program. 

This page lists classroom and online training available through the Safety Office. Select a topic from the following list for more information:


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 Prerequisite
Online Employee Safety Orientation (SO1001) 1 hour  
Online WHMIS 2015 (SO2017)  1 hour  
Online Workplace Violence Awareness (SO1081) 1 hour  

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 Prerequisite
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
Classroom Incident Investigation (SO1012) 3 hours  
Classroom Inspecting The Workplace (SO1007) 3 hours Risk Assessment (SO2500)
Classroom Job Safety Analysis (SO1019) 2.5 hours  
Online Risk Assessment (SO2500) 1 hour  
Classroom Risk Assessment Application (SO2501) 1.5 hours Risk Assessment (SO2500)
Classroom Supervisor Safety Training (SO1003) 3 hours  

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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 Prerequisite
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  
Classroom Job Safety Analysis (SO1019) 3 hours  
Online Laboratory Safety (SO1010) 1 hour  
Classroom Ladder Safety (SO1050) 1 hour  
Online Laser Safety (SO1066) 2 hours  
Classroom Ontario Fire Code - Part 4 (Flammable & Combustible Liquids) 1 hour  
Classroom Safe Chemical Handling (SO2016) 3 hours  
Online Working In Cleanrooms 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 Prerequisite
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 Prerequisite
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.