CLAC Training Response to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the CLAC Training Team continues to serve our community remotely. Online training and other services are available, however, in-class and on-site training is impacted. These courses may be cancelled/postponed with limited notice due to directives from health authorities. Please connect with your provincial training team to confirm before registering or attending a course.

Online Training

Online training is an excellent resource for workers who are remote, laid off, or at home. We offer 100+ online courses, many of which are free of charge to CLAC members whose employers contribute to the training fund. Visit your province’s training page for a full list of online courses.

In-Class and Hands-On Training

CLAC Training is working closely with our training partners to ensure that they are following or exceeding all minimum social distancing and disinfecting protocols.

  • Non-essential training has been suspended through June 30. This includes courses offered in our facilities and off site.
  • Essential training (mandatory to report to work at a secured job) is only undertaken when deemed safe after a risk assessment, and if allowed by public health authorities. Please select your province to learn more.

Additional Training Services

Our team is still working and can answer your questions, register you for online training, process apprenticeship reimbursements, and support training and course reimbursement requests. Contact us today.

Certificate Extensions

Some training partners and ministries are offering certificate extensions on many essential courses. To date, specific extensions include:

  • Energy Safety Canada: A new expiry date of September 1, 2020 has been issued for all certifications expiring between January 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020. This includes H2S Alive, OSSA Fall Protection, OSSA Elevated Work Platform, OSSA Confined Space, and more.
  • First Aid Certificates in BC: WorkSafeBC has extended first aid certificates with expiry dates between March 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020. These certificates will now be acceptable in the workplace for 180 days beyond their original expiry date. Certificates will not be reprinted, and no further action is needed from either first aid attendants or employers to qualify for an extension.
  • Hear Test Deferral in BC: Hearing tests that are required under Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 7.8 (1)(b) can be deferred until August 1, 2020 (this date is subject to change).
  • Red Cross: All certifications expiring between March 2020 and June 2020 will be extended 90 days past their expiration date. This includes Advanced, Standard, and Emergency First Aid.
  • St. John Ambulance: All certifications expiring after March 17, 2020 will be extended by 90 days past their expiration date. This includes Advanced, Standard, and Emergency First Aid.
  • Working at Heights (Ontario): The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is giving workers in the construction sector whose WAH training expires between February 28, 2020, and August 31, 2020, an extra year to renew their training.