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
Online Employee Safety Orientation (SO1001) 60 minutes
Online WHMIS 2015 (SO2017)  45-60 minutes
Online Workplace Violence Awareness (SO1081) 60 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) 60 minutes

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
Classroom Incident Investigation (SO1012) 3 hours
Classroom Inspecting The Workplace (SO1007) 3 hours
Classroom Job Safety Analysis (SO1019) 2.5 hours
Online Risk Assessment (SO2500) 60 minutes
Classroom Risk Assessment Application (SO2501) 90 minutes
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
    Online Asbestos Awareness Online (SO1062) 30 minutes
    Online Biosafety (SO1069) 60-90 minutes
    Classroom Confined Space Entry (SO1023) 3 hours
    Online Cryogenic and Compressed Gas Safety (SO1030) 45 minutes
    Classroom Elevated Work Platforms (SO1036) 4 hours
    Online Electrical Awareness (SO2033) 60 minutes
    Classroom Fall Protection (SO1026) 2 hours
    Classroom Fire Extinguisher Training (SO1088) 60 minutes
    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 (SO2017) 4 hours
    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) 60 minutes
    Classroom Job Safety Analysis (SO1019) 3 hours
    Online Laboratory Safety (SO1010) 45 minutes
    Classroom Ladder Safety (SO1050) 45 minutes
    Online Laser Safety (SO1066) 2 hours
    Classroom Ontario Fire Code - Part 4 (Flammable & Combustible Liquids) TBD
    Classroom Safe Chemical Handling (SO2016) 3 hours
    Online Working In Clean Rooms 2 hours
    Online Working With Radiation (SO2030) 60 minutes
    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 Student Safety Orientation / WHMIS 2015 60 minutes

    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) 60 minutes

    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.