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Trench Training & Certification


We Offer Three Different Types of Safety Trainings

Whether you want trench certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the trench training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It’s a reusable training presentation that is used to train groups of people all at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer to use the kit we offer a train the trainer online course.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost and is reusable. Results in a lifetime certification.

What’s in the Trench Training Course?

Our Trench Safety training course is regulation-compliant, and our online version fulfills Canada’s classroom training requirement. Each class contains sections on competency, soil classification, protective systems, atmosphere, common hazards and more.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam, as required.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local standards, this training encompasses the following standards for Trench Safety:

Canada Standards

  • SOR/86-304 3.12.

  • Ontario Regulation 213/91 Part III

  • OHSR Part XVII.

Why do I need trench training?

In line with regulations, anyone who works in and around trenches must receive training prior to working on their own. While requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.

Stay Informed On All Things

Did You Know?

  • A cubic yard of soil (27 cubic feet, or 1 cubic meter) weighs more than the average compact car.

  • From 2011 – 2016, there were over 130 fatalities related to trenching and excavation.

  • 49% of the 130 fatalities occurred in 2015-2016.

Trench Training FAQ 

About our Trench Training

Trenches are extremely common on work-sites around the world & excavation is a key part of most construction related jobs. According to Canada, excavation work has a 112% higher fatality rate than the rest of the general construction industry. That’s why we offer complete trench safety training programs to help you meet Canada’s requirements for trench training. Whether you need to train your trenching workers on-site, online or in a classroom; we have several options that meet your needs. Hundreds of companies and individuals around the world trust our professional training programs.

What is covered in our trench training and certification program?

  • Soil Classification & Types
  • Shoring Systems – Hydraulic, Timber, Etc.
  • Trench Collapse Types
  • General Trench Requirements
  • Hazardous Scenarios
  • Much More!

Did You Know This About Trench Safety?

The number one cause of injury in trenches is due to collapse; which occurs when employees are not properly trained to work safely in different types of soils, weather conditions or from not using proper shoring techniques. Couple these issues with heavy construction machinery and there can be a recipe for disaster. Our online programs, training kits and onsite training provide you with the expertise needed to become Canada compliant and to avoid costly mistakes.

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