Training

Risk offers a wide variety of training designed to empower university community members with knowledge and skills to keep themselves and others safe. Some training is recommended for all employees, other training is developed for specific roles and tasks that require focused safety knowledge and preparation.     

Most Risk training offerings are offered through Enterprise Learning.


The Building Personal Resilience workshop examines emotional, social and physical wellness to help you learn strategies to increase your personal resilience so you are more prepared to navigate everyday activities and to deal with challenges, setbacks and change in your work and personal life.

The workshop will help participants:

  • Define resiliency
  • Understand factors that contribute to resilience
  • Learn personal strategies and practical activities to enhance resilience
  • Increase awareness of resources and supports

Building Personal Resilience is an optional course in the UAdvance program.

The Working Mind is targeted to general workplace audiences. The workshop aims to increase awareness of mental health, reduce the stigma of mental illnesses, and offer resources to maintain positive mental health and increase resiliency.  Equally important goals are to create a supportive environment, strengthen the organizational culture, and contribute to a healthy workplace.  

The Working Mind is an evidence-based program developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and is adapted from the Department of National Defence's Road to Mental Health Readiness programs. To learn more about the program, visit theworkingmind.ca and request a presentation for your faculty/unit.

  1. Employee Workshop

    The employee workshop is open to all University of Calgary employees and is 3.5 hours in length.  The workshop’s goal is to give you practical knowledge of mental health and mental illness so you can:

    • Recognize signs and symptoms in yourself and others

    • Reduce stigma and negative attitudes

    • Support colleagues with mental health problems

    • Maintain your own mental health and improve your resilience

    The employee workshop is an optional course in the UAdvance program.

  2. Manager Workshop

    The Manager Workshop is a full 7.0 hour day.  In addition to the goals of the employee workshop, you will also be able to:

    • Ensure you have the confidence, tools and resources to manage and support employees with mental illness
    • Recognize the effects of the stigma of mental illness and attempt to reduce its impact

    The manager workshop is part of the UManage program. The Working Mind manager workshop credit is equivalent to UManage module 9.

Foothills Campus: Room for Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions

Room for Mindfulness drop-in sessions are for people who have a regular mindfulness practice, or have attended a Room for Mindfulness Introduction session. The room will be free for 50 minutes on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. until 1:20 p.m. Some guidance will be provided, as will time for independent practice. People can stay for as short or as long as they would like and quietly come and go as they please. A bell will ring every 5 minutes. No registration is needed.

Date: Wednesdays, except the first Wednesday of each month
Time12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Location: HSC 1464B (behind Theatre 3)

Online delivery

  • Required training for all Emergency Wardens and Senior Emergency Wardens

Emergency Warden Training reviews evacuation procedures and describes in detail the responsibilities and duties of warden volunteers during an emergency. Learners have seven days to complete the training once they begin and they must achieve at least 80 percent on the test for successful completion.

Classroom delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees

Learn the right way to use a fire extinguisher with hands-on learning on a state-of-the-art training tool equipped with sensors and a digital flame that goes out when you properly use the laser-driven infrared extinguisher.

Prerequisite: Fire Safety Training

Online delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees

Know how to prevent fires and be ready if a fire breaks out. Fire Safety Training teaches common causes of fire in the workplace, hazards to look out for, emergency procedures and how to respond when faced with a fire. You will also learn to recognize the different types of fires and fire extinguishers.

Classroom delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees

Naloxone Training is provided by Staff Wellness. Participants will learn to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and prepare yourself to save a life.

Training covers: signs of an overdose, rescue breathing, preparing and administering an intramuscular naloxone injection, and assessing naloxone response. Participants will receive a free naloxone kit as part of the Alberta Health Services Community Based Naloxone Program

Register below for our scheduled offerings or book individual sessions — employees email staffwellness@ucalgary.ca, students call Student Wellness Services at 403.210.9355. 

  1. Main Campus

    Register for training at main campus

  2. Foothills Campus

    Register for training at Foothills campus

Classroom delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees 

Own your personal safety and learn how to respond to threats and active assailant situations. We’ll cover important information about UC Emergency Mobile, and the other UCalgary resources in place to ensure students, faculty, staff and guests are safe in our community.

Online delivery

  • Recommended Training for all Calgarians

Ready Calgary is a community preparedness program developed by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) for the citizens of Calgary. It has been designed to inform, educate and build resiliency to the impacts of emergencies. The course encourages safety at home, in the workplace, neighbourhood and community. Become a leader in your community and help empower a resilient network of prepared citizens.

Classroom delivery

  • Recommended training for all employees

Learn to effectively use the 80+ Stop the Bleed Kits located across campus, and empower yourself to save a life during an uncontrolled bleeding emergency.

This hands-on training session uses theatrical blood and wound simulators, and rehearses scenarios that some people may find upsetting — use discretion when choosing to participate and wear appropriate clothing.  

Prerequisite: Personal Safety Awareness Training 

Required training* as determined by the university. Training must be identified by your manager/supervisor on the Hazard Assessment and Control Form (HACF) for your job description/laboratory/workshop.

Required training† as determined by your manager/supervisor on the Hazard Assessment and Control Form (HACF) for your job description/laboratory/workshop.

Online delivery

  • Required training* for university employees completing work activities that may impact or be adjacent to asbestos-containing material. 
  1. Biosafety (Program) Training

    Online delivery

    • Required training for all university employees, supervisors and managers directing or involved in the handling or storage of biohazards for research and teaching purposes.
  2. Biosafety (Biohazard Handling) Training

    Classroom delivery

    • Required training* for all university employees, supervisors and managers directly involved in the handling or storage of biohazards for research and teaching purposes.

    Prerequisite: Biosafety (Program) Training

    Equivalent Versions: This course is equivalent to prior versions called Biosafety Laboratory Training, Biosafety (Introduction) Training, and Biosafety 1.

  3. Biosafety (Bloodborne Pathogens) Training

     Online delivery

    • Required training* for all university employees, supervisors, and managers directly involved in the handling or storage of specific bloodborne pathogens or human cell lines, tissues, body fluids, and/or other potentially infectious material that may contain bloodborne pathogens. 

    Prerequisite: Biosafety (Program) Training

  4. Biosafety (Annual Refresher) Training

    Online delivery

    • Required training for all persons directing or involved in the handling and storage of biohazards for research and teaching purposes.

    Equivalent Versions: Effective as of Feb. 23 2018, this course underwent a delivery (not content) revision in an effort to improve learner accessibility. Previous completion(s) are valid.

    Availability: This course will reopen in fall 2019.

Online delivery

  • Required training for all contracted workers who perform work or intend to perform work on university owned or leased facilities.

Online delivery

  • Required training for all university employees completing work activities that require the use of lock out tag out to control hazardous energy.

Online delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees where the majority of work is performed in front of a computer.

  1. Hazard Assessment Training

    Online delivery

    • Required training for all university employees, supervisors and managers.
  2. Hazard Assessment Workshop

    Classroom delivery

    • Required training for supervisors and managers who complete Hazard Assessment and Control Forms (HACF) and Field Level Hazard Assessments (FLHA).

    Prerequisite: The online Hazard Assessment Training course is a prerequisite and must be completed prior.

Online delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees who are exposed to noise at or above an 8-hour TWA of 82 dB (or 80 dB TWA for a 12 hour shift) and for university employees who work in areas with noise levels at or above 85 dB.

Online delivery

  • Required training for all supervisors and managers, as well as all university employees who participate in conducting incident investigations.
  1. Laboratory Safety Training

    Classroom delivery

    • Required training* for all university employees, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows working in laboratories.
  2. Lab Safety for Non-lab Employees Training

    Online delivery

    • Required training for all university employees who are not assigned to a lab but perform work within a lab space.

Online delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees who use portable or fixed ladders for work activities.

In-lab session delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees and students working with Class 3b and 4 Lasers in University of Calgary facilities or laboratories.

Contact the Radiation Safety Officer at radsafe@ucalgary.ca.

Online delivery

  • Required training for all university employees, supervisors, and managers. Must be completed within the first week of employment. Existing employees, supervisors, and managers are also required to complete this training.

Blended delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees and students working with radioisotopes for research and/or teaching purposes.

This training does not apply to Gamma cell users — contact the Radiation Safety Officer at radsafe@ucalgary.ca.

Online delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees where a respirator has been identified for use during work activities. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for respiratory fit testing.

Online delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees who perform manual material handling as a part of work activities. 

Online delivery

  • Required training as determined by your manager/supervisor on the Hazard Assessment and Control Form (HACF) for your job description/laboratory/workshop.

Online delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows working with hazardous materials.
  1. Standard First Aid CPR Level C

    Classroom delivery

    • Required training for faculty and staff members that are full-time permanent employees of the University of Calgary whom meet the following criteria: Emergency Wardens/Senior Emergency Wardens that are interested in attending the Standard First Aid or recertification courses are asked to contact EHS at ucsafety@ucalgary.ca.
  2. Standard First Aid CPR Level C Recertification

    Classroom delivery

    • Required training for faculty and staff members that are full-time permanent employees of the University of Calgary whom meet the following criteria: Emergency Wardens/Senior Emergency Wardens that are interested in attending the Standard First Aid or recertification courses are asked to contact EHS at ucsafety@ucalgary.ca.

Online delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees and students who handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods as defined in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations.
  1. Volunteer OHS Coordinator Orientation

    Online delivery

    • Required training for all university volunteer coordinators.
  2. Volunteer OHS Orientation

    Online delivery

    • Required training for all university university volunteers.

Online delivery

  • Required training* all university employees, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows working with or near hazardous products as defined by WHMIS 2015 (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) legislation. WHMIS 2015 training from organizations other than the University of Calgary is not recognized.

Online delivery

  • Required training for all managers, supervisors and employees conducting or participating in workplace inspections.

Online delivery

  • Required training

In-lab session delivery

  • Required training* for all university employees and students working with x-ray emitting devices in University of Calgary facilities or laboratories.

Contact the Radiation Safety Officer at radsafe@ucalgary.ca.