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CLASSROOM COURSES

 

The following is a brief description of the courses that we offer. All of our courses begin at 8:00 a.m. with the exception of WHMIS (1:00 p.m.) and evening courses. Walk - ins are welcome depending on available space. Call us at any time at (780) 542-2016 or 1-866-546-2016 or send us a fax at (780) 542-3423.
 
  • ENFORM H2S ALIVE

    This one day course is intended for all workers in the petroleum industry who are exposed to hydrogen sulphide (H2S). The course covers the physical properties and health hazards of H2S, how to protect yourself and basic rescue techniques. Each student is required to operate a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), a detector tube device, and perform rescue breathing on a mannequin. It is recommended that ladies wear slacks or jeans. An industry standard certificate, valid for three (3) years is issued upon successful completion of a written exam and demonstration of the required skills.

  • ENFORM DETECTION & CONTROL OF FLAMMABLE SUBSTANCES

    This one day course is designed for personnel working with or near flammable substances in the oil and gas industry. The course includes an introduction to flammable substances and the principles of flammable gas/vapour detection, care and preparation of combustible monitors, interpreting combustible gas readings and control methods. A variety of instructional techniques are used, including lectures, demonstrations, discussion, group exercises and hands-on practice. Upon successful completion of prescribed practical skills and written examinations, students receive a certificate valid for 3 years.

     
  • WELL SERVICE BLOWOUT PREVENTION
     

    This four day course is aimed at the service rig operators, service rig managers, wellsite supervisors, field foremen, production foremen and production engineers involved in well killing operations on the service rig. Topics covered include sources and magnitude of pressures, causes of kicks, B.O.P. equipment, kick warning signs, crew positions and duties, well shut-in procedures, calculations and government regulations. Upon successful completion of the Well Service Blowout Prevention examination, the candidate will be issued the required Well Service Blowout Prevention certificate, valid for five (5) years.

    Effective January 1, 1999, Well Service Blowout Prevention program standards changed, based on recommendations from the program committee and industry associations:
    • Students taking the course for the first time or renewing an expired certificate will be required to attend the full four day course, complete with the hands-on accumulator function test.
    • Students renewing their valid Well Service Blowout Prevention certificate for the first time after five years may challenge the exam or take the Well Service Blowout Prevention correspondence course. If the student fails the exam, the student will be required to attend the full four day course, complete with the hands-on accumulator function test. No second exam challenges will be allowed. 

    Note: Students may attend this program up to three (3) months in advance of their certification expiring. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive their new certificate dated five (5) years from the expiry date of the old certificate.

  • W.H.M.I.S.

    WHMIS is a 4 hour (1/2 day) course running from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This course covers the basics of Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) providing students with the knowledge they need to work with hazardous products. Course covers employee and employer responsibilities, labeling of products in the workplace and (MSDS) Material Safety Data Sheets. This course may be taken in the classroom or as a homestudy with an open-book exam. Recertification is recommended after 3 years. 

     
  • TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS - T.D.G.

    Transportation of dangerous goods is a 4 hour (1/2 day) course beginning at 8:00 a.m. and running until approximately 12:00 p.m. This course covers all aspects of transporting dangerous goods Safely. This course meets the standards of the new Clear Language Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations that were put in place on August 15, 2002. This course is intended for individuals involved in transporting and handling of dangerous goods associated with the oil and gas industry. Upon course completion, the applicant will receive a certificate that is valid for three (3) years. This course may also be taken as a homestudy with an open-book exam. 

     
  • EMERGENCY FIRST AID / CPR A
     

    This course provides basic training for immediate life-threatening injuries and illnesses. It also provides a basic level of CPR training. It is recommended for anyone within close proximity to medical aid. If you are not within close proximity to medical aid you should consider choosing a Standard First Aid (2 day) course. This one day course covers the skills needed to recognize and provide intervention for life-threatening emergencies until medical aid arrives. Includes practical instruction on how to:

    • activate emergency medical services
    • recognize and treat for shock and unconsciousness for adults
    • recognize and treat a non-breathing casualty
    • recognize and treat a choking emergency for adults
    • recognize and treat severe bleeding
    • administer CPR to adults

    This certificate is valid for three (3) years. Annual retraining is recommended in CPR. This is an Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Approved course for a Standard First Aider.

  • STANDARD FIRST AID / CPR C
     

    This course is recommended for anyone wanting a standard level of first aid knowledge. This course also incorporates the maximum level of CPR training. This two day course covers the skills needed to recognize and provide intervention for life-threatening emergencies until medical aid arrives. Includes practical instruction on how to:

    • activate emergency medical services
    • recognize and treat for shock and unconsciousness
    • recognize and treat a non-breathing casualty (adult, child & infant)
    • recognize and treat a choking emergency for adults
    • recognize and treat severe bleeding
    • administer CPR (adult, child, infant and two-rescuer)
    • provide the necessary skills to conduct a secondary survey
    • recognize and treat upper and lower limb fractures
    • recognize and treat head and spinal injuries
    • recognize and treat eye injuries, burns, medical conditions, and environmental illnesses

    This certificate is valid for three years. Annual retraining in CPR is recommended. This is an Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Approved course for a Standard First Aider.

  • FIRST AID IN CHILD CARE WITH LEVEL "C" CPR
     

    This course concentrates on First Aid specifically with children. This course is designed for dayhome and daycare workers and people who care for children. This course provides basic training for injuries and illnesses common to children. It also provides a basic level of CPR training.

    A two-day course designed for professional child care workers, but great for parents and all caregivers. Successful completion yields a First Aid in Child Care certificate as required by Alberta Day Care / Day Home licensing. Includes practical instruction on how to:

    • activate emergency medical services
    • recognize and treat for shock and unconsciousness
    • recognize and treat a non-breathing casualty (adult, child & infant)
    • recognize and treat a choking emergency (adult, child & infant)
    • recognize and treat severe bleeding
    • administer CPR (adult, child, infant)
    • recognize and treat upper and lower limb fractures
    • recognize and treat head and spinal injuries
    • recognize and treat minor wounds, eye injuries, burns, poisons, bites and stings
    • child care components

    A First Aid in Child Care Certificate is valid for three years. Annual Retraining in CPR is recommended.

  • BOAT OPERATOR ACCREDITED TRAINING (B.O.A.T.)

    The following is a summary of some of the new regulations introduced in September 1999 by the Canadian Coast Guard:

    WHO NEEDS THE PLEASURE CRAFT OPERATORS (PCO) CARD?
    Age: Craft: Deadline:
    Born after April 1, 1983 Any Now
    Any Any powered less than 4m in length Sept.15/2002
    Any Any powered boat Sept.15/2009


    AGE & HORSEPOWER RESTRICTIONS
    Age Horsepower Restrictions
    Under 12 years of age and not supervised Can operate a vessel with no more than 10 hp (7.5 KW)
    Between 12 & 16 years of age, and not supervised Can operate a vessel with no more than 40 hp (7.5 KW)
    Under 16 years of age Not allowed to operate a PWC (ie: seadoos, jetskis)
    16 years of age and older No power restrictions


    HOW TO GET YOUR PLEASURE CRAFT OPERATOR CARD:

    There are three routes to obtaining your PCO card from the Lifesaving Society:

    Option 1: Write the Test - If you are an experienced boater or have been trained as a boat operator, this may be an option for you. Vital Safety Training is a Lifesaving Society BOAT test Centre. Simply call us and set up a time to write the test.

    Option 2: Study at Home - Read the BOAT Study Guide, brush up on your boating skills, then drop in to do the BOAT test at our training center. We have the BOAT Study Guide available to anyone interested in the BOAT course.

    Option 3: Boat Operator Accredited Training Course - Our training facility also offers the 8 hour BOAT course which will teach the basics in safe boating, and prepare you to take the test to obtain your PCO card.

  • DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE

    Basic concepts of this course cover definitions, current statistical information, and the five driving conditions that cause collisions (i.e. vehicle, road, traffic, weather, and the driver.

    Following and Passing covers scanning, safe following zones, total stopping time, "2 second rule," passing, preventing collisions, and effects of speed.

    Driving Impairments covers the "mystery crash," impaired driving statistics, public perception, driving myths, the law, "are we tough enough," fatigue, and factors that contributed to impairment.

    Professional City Drivers - this lesson covers: the professional driver, high traffic volumes, aggression, time vs. money, distractions, parking, understanding the city, vehicle maintenance, and public perception.

    Light Trucks and Pickups - This lesson covers: pre-trip inspections, vehicle loading, trailer towing, following distance, communication devices, winching, boosting, and controlled areas.

    Professional Drivers of Big Rigs - This lesson covers: pre-trip inspections, load securement, following distances, turning, reversing, parking, flags, flares, and triangles.

    Gravel and Off Road Driving - This lesson covers: company image, pre-trip inspections, vehicle loading, specific problems with gravel and off road conditions, trailer towing, following distance, communication devices, winching, boosting, and restricted or controlled areas. Other lessons being considered include: Driving Buses, General Oilfield Drivers; and Liquid Haulage Drivers.

  • CONFINED SPACE ENTRY

    As defined in section 1 of the Alberta OHS Code, a confined space is an enclosed or partially enclosed space that is not designed or intended for continuous human occupancy with a restricted means of entry or exit and may become hazardous to a worker entering it because:

    1. (a) of its design, construction, location or atmosphere,
    2. (b) of the work activities, material or substances in it,
    3. (c) the provision of first aid, evacuation, rescue or other emergency response service is compromised, or
    4. (d) of the other hazards relating to it.

    This course stresses worker safety in entering confined spaces. You will learn the proper procedures taken in entering a confined space, what a confined space is and learn the proper basic rescue procedures in a confined space. Each student will be allowed the opportunity to enter a confined space and to rescue a 165 lb. mannequin from the confined space unit. After a written examination applicants will receive a certificate that is valid for 3 years.

  • GLOBAL GROUND DISTURBANCE - LEVEL II

    Ground disturbance is a complex subject with each jurisdiction having varied opinions, rules, and penalties for damaging an underground facility. There is no confusion, however, on the fact that damage to underground facilities can lead to disastrous repercussions.

    What exactly is a Ground Disturbance?

    Part of the in-depth knowledge is knowing and understanding the legislation in whole and not just the generalities provided in an Awareness program. Starting at the beginning, we will go into greater detail of the legislation. The legislation defines a ground disturbance as:

    "[A]ny work, operation or activity that results in a disturbance of the earth, including, without limitation, excavating, digging, trenching, plowing, drilling, tunneling, auguring, backfilling, blasting, topsoil stripping, land leveling, peat removing, quarrying, clearing and grading, but does not include,
    (i) except as otherwise provided in subclause (ii), a disturbance of the earth to a depth of less than 30 centimeters (1 ft.) that does not result in a reduction of the earth cover over the pipeline to a depth that is less than the cover provided when the pipeline was installed,
    (ii) cultivation to a depth of less than 45 centimeters (1.5 ft.) below the surface of the ground, or,
    (iii) any work, operation or activity that is specified in the Regulations not to be a ground disturbance."

    [Pipeline Act, 1 (e.1)]

    This is an 8 hour course that will cover all aspects of ground disturbance. A written exam at the end of the course will entitle the applicant to a 3 year Certification in Ground Disturbance - Level II.

  • INCIDENT/ACCIDENT CAUSATION & INVESTIGATION SEMINAR

    The VITAL Safety Training Ltd. Incident/Accident Causation & Investigation Seminar is designed to introduce corporate management to the value of conducting investigations on all incidents regardless of size.

    In an investigation, we try to determine the immediate (direct) cause and all contributing factors that lead to the incident. A successful investigation will uncover "root" causes that enabled the incident scenario to occur.

    The investigation process doesn't stop when the causes have been determined. Action Plans are necessary to address and resolve all causative factors or the incident will recur.

    The VITAL Safety Training Ltd. Incident/Accident Causation & Investigation Seminar will assist management personnel in fulfilling their responsibilities under:

    • Section 18 of Alberta OHS Act which identifies investigation requirements for "serious" incidents.
    • Section F of the Petroleum Industry Training Services (PITS) Audit Protocol for Incident and Accident Reporting and Investigation
    • Section 10 of the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) Audit Document for Investigations.
    • Section 7 of the Alberta Labour Partnership Audit Protocol for Accident and Incident Investigations.

     The seminar will use lectures, case studies, role playing and dialogue to define incidents, accidents, causes, reporting requirements, investigation methods and action plans. The successful completion of a written examination with an 80% pass mark will be required for certification.

  • TANK/TREATER ENTRY SEMINAR

    This ½ day seminar was developed to assist with:
    • Hazard Recognition & Identification
    • Hazard Quantification
    • Hazard Control during tank / treater entry 
  • COIL TUBING BLOWOUT PREVENTION 

    This one day course is designed for the coiled tubing operator and wellsite supervisors who would be involved in well control operations while using coiled tubing for well servicing. Course topics include CT equipment, CT tools and accessories, CT BOP's, wellhead equipment, flowback systems and well control responses.

    Pre-requisites are a valid Well Servicing Blowout Prevention Certificate and the CT BOP course is typically held in conjunction with a Well Servicing Blowout Prevention Course. Both certificates will expire on the same date with the same 5 year renewal requirement.


     
  • ATV RIDER COURSE

    Knowing all you can about your ATV and the places you can ride is the best preparation for safe and enjoyable riding.

    The ATV Rider's course is 5-1/2 to 7 hour training program operated by the Canadian Safety Council (CSC) certified instructors. The curriculum, which is based on field-tested techniques, provides a fun and orderly way to learn proper ATV operation. The rider learns about controls, reading terrain, turning and climbing hills.

    A separate ATV Rider's Course is also available for children under the age of 14 whose parents specifically permit them to ride ATVs. The vehicle must be the proper size for the child as per ATV industry safety standards.

    A signed consent form is required from the parent or legal guardian. If the child is between 6 and 11 years of age, the parent or legal guardian must be present at the training site. No child will be allowed to ride without written parental consent and without the parent or legal guardian present.

  • AIR BRAKES ENDORSEMENT

    A provincial mandatory course for operating any vehicles equipped with air brakes, regardless of the class of license the driver possesses. It teaches the student how to adjust and inspect the air brake system and understand the operation of air brakes.

  • CARGO SECUREMENT / MASS & SIZE

    Provides the theory behind securing loads in dry vans and on open flat deck trailers and the regulations for load under the National Standard for Cargo Securement. The course covers the proper use of cargo winches, straps, chains, boomers and trailer bogies, sliding tractor fifth wheels and tire chains. There is a practical demonstration of moving the bogies and fifth wheels and the chaining up of tires for adverse driving conditions.

  • SPECIAL OILFIELD BOILERS

    This three-day course is designed to provide rig personnel with a general knowledge of the safe operation of an oilfield boiler. Students must have six months experience on a pressure boiler as a prerequisite to this course.

    Upon completion of the course, the participant is able to identify the components, operation and field maintenance of the boiler plus apply the necessary troubleshooting and general safety procedures for a boiler. The Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) conducts the exams and certifies successful candidates. ABSA certificates are valid for one year. The renewal fee is $25.00 per year, payable by the certificate holder.