"Working at Heights" (WAH) in Ontario applies to people working on "Construction Projects" who are exposed to fall hazards.
Yes. YOW Canada’s blended-learning Working at Heights program has been approved by the Chief Prevention Officer of the Ontario Ministry of Labour ( MOL #PRO-34687) as required by law.
CPO stands for "Chief Prevention Officer" of the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The CPO is responsible for establishing training standards and approving training programs and providers.
Blended learning combines online delivery (for Part 1: Basic Theory) with face-to-face delivery (for Part 2: Practical Learning) to allow learners more control over their learning process and to be more engaged.
The blended learning approach of “telling, showing, and then doing” has proven to be very effective in learning and retaining knowledge, particularly in adult learning.
Benefits of Blended Learning for Learners
There are a number of benefits to using YOW Canada’s WAH blended learning course:
Benefits of Blended Learning for Employers
If you work on a “Construction Project” and are exposed to any fall hazards or use any of the following, then the answer is YES!:
This training will cover the legislation, recognizing the hazards and how they are assessed and the different methods of preventing a fall or arresting a fall should it occur in a two part course.
Part 1 will focus on the theory and basics in working at Heights and fall prevention.
Part 2 will focus on practical training including some hands-on training with the safety equipment to be used, especially the donning of safety harnesses.
Workers with emergency rescue responsibilities will need additional training related to the rescue.
The employer has the duty to ensure workers who work in or around fall hazards are adequately trained.
In Ontario, only WAH training delivered by a CPO approved training provider is accepted.
Every 3 years following the initial training. Workers will be required to complete a half day “refresher” training program delivered by a CPO approved training provider.
No. Your WAH certificate of completion is CPO approved and is transferable from employer to employer. Your training certificate for WAH is issued to you personally (i.e. the certificate is independent of your employer).
No, YOW Canada's Working at Heights program is not intended or designed for trainers and we do not recommend that it be used to train a trainer.
Your trainer will issue a signed wallet card at the end of the class, which is a valid training record. If you completed training after April 1st, 2019, your information will be automatically submitted to SkillsPass, the record management system used by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. You will then receive an email from SkillsPass with instructions on how to access or set-up your account and access your digital records.
If you completed training prior to April 1st, 2019, you can go to the following site to set-up and link your account: https://cms.bluedrop.io/client/mol-link-account/. You will be required to fill out an Account Link form to ensure access to your accurate digital training records. If you have questions or wish to correct spelling errors, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the Ontario Ministry of Labour no longer prints and mails CPO training cards as they are now available digitally through SkillsPass.
You can access, view, print and share your training record online 24/7 through SkillsPass at: https://myskillspass.com/client/msp/skillspass/.
Alternatively, YOW Canada can issue and mail a replacement wallet card, simply call 1.866.688.2845 during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 9-5).
Please note that the Ontario Ministry of Labour no longer prints and mails CPO training cards as they are now available digitally.
Training can be paid by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
WAH training refunds requested within 30 days of the purchase date and at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled classroom training will be honoured in full, provided the online Part 1 training is unused. Refunds will not be issued for partially completed training.
Late or No Show Trainees
Trainees who do not attend the scheduled Part 2 classroom training, or those who are more than 30 minutes late, will not be eligible for any refund. See the rescheduling policy for other options.
Part 1 Online Training Not Completed
Trainees who show up for their scheduled classroom training WITHOUT having successfully completed their Part 1 online training, will not be eligible for the class and will not be eligible for any refund. See Rescheduling Policy for other options.
Rescheduling of Part 2 classroom training will be honoured for requests made at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled classroom course, otherwise a Rescheduling Fee will apply. Rescheduling is limited to the available dates, times and locations offered by YOW Canada.
In the event that a trainee cannot attend the scheduled Part 2 classroom training, a replacement trainee can attend instead, providing YOW Canada is given a minimum of 1 business days notice of the change and:
The replacement trainee has been registered for the full training course; and
Cancellation by YOW Canada
YOW Canada reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classroom training in the event of low enrollment or due to circumstances beyond our control. Trainees will be notified accordingly with a minimum of 2 days notice.
Step 1 – Purchase the course
Purchases can be done online, by phone at 1-866-688-2845 or by fax.
You may pre-purchase courses to be used at a later date. There are no expiry dates for pre-purchased courses.
Step 2 – Register and select in class training date:
Once the courses have been purchased all trainees must be registered for the course. Registration is done online through the Training Administration page. You can also contact YOW Canada by phone at 1-866-688-2845, to have us register your trainees. Registration includes selecting an in class training date. To make any changes to this training date please refer to YOW Canada’s Rescheduling Policy. Once registered, login and password information is emailed to the administrator. You must complete Part 1 of the training before attending the in class training date.
Please note: When activating a trainee for WAH the trainee's email address is mandatory.
Step 3 – Take Part 1 of the Course:
Trainees can log in at any time to start their training and can log in and out as many times as necessary to complete their training. The course is about 3.5 hours in length. It includes audio, video, animation and interactive exercises. It makes training fun and educational!
Step 4 – Take Part 2 Practical Training:
Once you have completed Part 1 you will need to bring your government issued photo id to Part 2 of the training on your scheduled training date. Once you complete Part 2 you will receive a WAH wallet card.
No. Unfortunately at this time we are unable to offer the course in French.
According to the WAH Regulations, the minimum for this part 1 Basic Theory (online) is 3.0 hours. Depending on circumstances you should expect this portion of the training to take approximately 3.5 hours.
According to the WAH Regulations, the minimum time for this part 2 Practical Training (classroom) is 3.5 hours. Depending on circumstances you should expect this portion of the training to take approximately 4.5 hours.
Yes, you can log in and out of the course as many times as necessary in order to complete your training. When you log back into the course, you will be brought back to your last visited page.
No, you may log in and out as many times as necessary to complete your course. Your work will be saved.
As an administrator, you have access to the Course Administration site where you can monitor and track each trainee's progress for Part 1 of the training. You can see quiz scores, activate accounts and more.
You will receive Part 1 Proof of Completion certificates by email as soon as the trainee has completed the online portion of the course.
Yes. A High-speed internet connection is recommended. Please be aware, however, that it may take more time to download. If you'd like to see a demo to test the speed, please click here to view a demo of this course.
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