Training Opportunities

  1. Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
    • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) is a computer-based certification for basic knowledge of safety in the construction industry. All oil sands sites require that workers have this certification prior to entering the work site, both for direct employees and contractors’ employees. The 17-module course covers WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System), TDG (Transportation of Dangerous Goods), emergency response, environmental factors, personal protective equipment, and the laws at work. The course takes less than four hours to complete.

    • Depending on the level of education or skill assessment, the foundational learners should take a CSTS prep class to prepare them to write AND understand the curriculum. The recommended number of hours for the prep class is 6-8 taken over 2-3 days.

  2. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
    • WHMIS is Canada's national hazard communication standard. The key elements of the system are cautionary labelling of containers of WHMIS "controlled products", the provision of material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and worker education and training programs. WHMIS is implemented through coordinated federal, provincial and territorial legislation. Supplier labelling and MSDS requirements are set out under the federal Hazardous Products Act and associated Controlled Products Regulations. All of the provincial, territorial and federal agencies responsible for occupational safety and health have established WHMIS employer requirements within their respective jurisdictions.

    • WHMIS is available at NorQuest as both a face to face and online delivery. The face to face course is 3-6 hours in length depending on the prior working knowledge of the student.

  3. Driver Training
    1. Class 5 Driver Training

      Partner to provide the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program that ensures new drivers get the support, skills and experience they need to handle the complex task of driving. The program improves road safety by creating a lower risk and more controlled environment for all new drivers.

    2. Fleet Proactive/Defensive Driver (Alberta Motor Association) - 6.5 hours

      A fleet oriented classroom session that takes the concept of Defensive/Proactive driving and attaches a proven model of behaviour change. This course focuses specifically on the driving needs and issues associated with workplace-based driving.

    3. Hazard Awareness Training (Alberta Motor Association)- 7.5 hours

      This training course is a full-day classroom and in-vehicle (road and track) program that provides drivers with a greater awareness of hazards they may encounter in their daily driving activities. This course covers topics such as the highway transportation system as it relates to their specific driving environment, driver skills and competence, risk perception and management, and vehicle and environmental hazards.

  4. Flag Person - 6.5 hours

    Learn to direct and control traffic (motoring and pedestrian) safely in and through the work zone. Learn to direct site equipment when working in close proximity of traffic and other hazards and obstructions. Gain knowledge to communicate and interact with the public in a courteous and professional manner.  Protect workers by keeping work space free of traffic and warning them of approaching hazards.

  5. Essential Skills for Careers in Construction

    The nine essential skills required on-site are reading text, document use, writing, numeracy, oral communication, thinking skills, working with others, computer use and continuous learning.

  6. Soft Skills Training in Construction

    Good work ethics, capable of working hard, motivation to succeed, loyal, positive attitude, teamwork and collaboration, desire to learn and grow, adaptable and flexible and accountable are some of the many soft skills required to work in construction.

  7. H2S Alive (Hydrogen Sulphide)- 8 hours

    This one-day course is intended for all workers in the petroleum industry who could be exposed to hydrogen sulphide (H2S). The course covers the physical properties and health hazards of H2S, how to protect oneself and basic rescue techniques. Each student is required to operate self-contained breathing apparatus, a detector tube device, and participate in CPR and rescue lift and drag exercises. An industry standard H2S Alive certificate valid for three years is issued upon successful completion of a written examination and demonstration of the required skills. Certification in CPR is not provided from this course.

  8. Confined Space

    This one-day course is designed for workers who are required to enter and/or monitor entry into restricted/confined spaces.

To access these training opportunities, please register as a Job Seeker and contact your career coach.