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Trench / Excavation Safety Workshop     $ 199

Course Description (8 hours / EOCP 0.6 CEU’s)

The trenching and shoring course walks participants through a comprehensive program that includes WorkSafeBC Regulations & Guidelines, safe work procedures and what to do if something goes wrong. The course covers shoring, benching, sloping and shielding systems. It also includes a section on location of underground utilities and the geotechnical and structural engineered documentation requirements.

This program teaches you what you can do safely and is led by an experienced field Instructor.

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Confined Space Entry     $199

Course Description (8 hours / EOCP 0.6 CEU’s)

This program addresses legal requirements and hazards of working in and around confined Spaces. Participants will engage in exercises that test their knowledge and participate in discussions as to Best Practices, WorkSafeBC Regulation & Guidelines. Students will participate in a Confined Space Entry and require Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Led by an experienced field Instructor.

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Buried Utility Locating – Introduction     $ 199

Course Description (8 hours / EOCP 0.6 CEU’s)

This course is instructed in a classroom setting and is for supervisors and labourers who work around buried utilities. Participants will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of line locating and marking as well as related WorkSafeBC Regulations & Guidelines and Best Practices. Students will learn about our buried utility infrastructure, responsibilities, BC One Call, utility owners and damage prevention and notification. Led by an experienced field Instructor.

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Municipal Map Reading & Utility Safety Workshop      $ 249

Course Description (8 hours / EOCP 0.6 CEU’s)

 This course is designed to give the students an understanding on how to interpret and read documentation that relates to the Municipal Infrastructure. Students will learn related Regulations, Acts and Master Municipal Construction Documents as well as Municipal Map reading symbols, legend and design specifications for Local Cities, Municipalities and Townships. Students will review BC One Call Documentation, utility owner’s roles & responsibilities, ground disturber’s roles & responsibilities and safe utility locate practices. After completing this course, students will have a better understanding of how to read and interpret Municipal Construction Drawings.

 Course Objectives:

  • Reviewing Utility information and hazards
  • Understanding Workers Compensation Act & WorksafeBC Regulations
  • Utility Safety Awareness
  • Review BC One Call Documentation
  • Municipal Map Reading Group Activities (Sewer, Water, Streets, etc.)
  • Review of Locating Underground infrastructure
  • Understanding Safety Procedures and Practices
  • Knowing the Emergency Response for Utility Owners

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Utility Locating Fundamentals     $ 249

Course Description (8 hours / EOCP 0.6 CEU’s)

This course is focused on the use of your Underground Utility Locating device. The topics covered include the following locating fundamentals:

  • Magnetic Fields
  • Induction
  • Passive Signal Detection
  • Active Signal Detection
  • Signal Distortion
  • Direct Connect
  • Transmitter Clamps
  • Grounding
  • Receiver Null & Peek Response
  • Frequency Characteristics
  • Transmitting Sounds and Troubleshooting

The course is 30% theory and 70% hands-on practical. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required and students should bring their Utility Locating Device.  Led by an experienced field Instructor.

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BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist     $550

Course Description (24 hours / EOCP 2.4 CEU's)

This is technical training program for individuals wanting to obtain introductory-level training in underground utility locating.  The program was developed & supported by BC Construction Safety Alliance, WorkSafeBC, BC Safety Authority, BC Common Ground Alliance and BC Municipal Safety Association who saw the need to set a standard in utility locating instruction, and to provide the province with training tailored to BC workers.

This Utility Locator Specialist Course involves three (3) days of in-class and practical instruction, and to be successful, students must complete a written test and a site-based practical evaluation.
Students require CSA-certified steel toe boots and high vis safety vest and should bring their own Utility Locating Device, if possible. Led by experienced field Instructor.

*Note: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Participants in this course will gain the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • Locate underground utilities safely and effectively
  • Apply skills in accordance with regulation and best practice
  • Seek certification as a Registered Utility Locator Technician (Through the ASTTBC)

Modules and Learning Objectives

  • Module 1: Introduction to Damage Prevention in British Columbia
  • Module 2: The Locating System in BC
  • Module 3: Utilities Infrastructure
  • Module 4: Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Locating
  • Module 5: Safety and Professionalism
  • Module 6: Records, Maps and Documentation
  • Module 7: Solving Problems

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Ground Disturbance Level II®      $ 199

Course Description (8 hours / EOCP 0.6 CEU’s)

This course is assessed to the ABCGA 201 & BCCGA 201 Ground Disturbance Standard.

This one-day program is designed for any party supervising a Ground Disturbance, independently performing a Ground Disturbance in both British Columbia & Alberta, or issuing and receiving Ground Disturbance permits. The program ensures that Level II® personnel are familiar with, and fully understand all the regulations and variances involved when a Ground Disturbance takes place. The course is presented in a logical sequence – from the pre-planning stage to the actual dig – and highlights the ‘musts’ compared to the ‘shoulds’. Level II® is the standardized program recognized by industry regulators.

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