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4. Training Instructor Standards

Training providers must ensure that their instructors meet the criteria set out in this Standard.

4.1. Instructor Qualifications

Training providers must ensure an instructor’s qualifications are valid and current before he or she delivers an approved training program. Instructors must have the following qualifications:

  1. Technical occupational health and safety knowledge and experience in the approved training program topic(s), obtained through at least one of the following:
    1. five years of recent occupational health and safety experience;
    2. a professional occupational health and safety designation;
    3. successful completion of at least 30 hours of occupational health and safety training over the past two years; or
    4. a degree, diploma or certificate in occupational health and safety from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  2. A combination of adult education delivery experience and knowledge of adult education principles obtained through at least one of the following:
    1. more than 100 hours of adult education delivery experience in the last five years;
    2. successful completion of an instructor training program based on adult learning principles;
    3. a degree, diploma, or certificate in adult education principles from a recognized post-secondary institution; or
    4. a professional training and development designation.
  3. Knowledge of the approved training program obtained through at least one of the following:
    1. more than five years of recent experience delivering the approved training program topic(s);
    2. successful completion of a train-the-trainer session for the approved training program as evaluated by the approved training provider; or
    3. successful co-facilitation of a minimum of two sessions of the approved training program as evaluated by the approved training provider.
  4. Knowledge about the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations relating to joint health and safety committees.

In addition, for programs delivered via eLearning, blended learning or distance learning, training providers must ensure that it will be delivered by instructors with experience delivering through this mode of training and who are proficient in the use of the software, platform, or other information technology that is to be used.

4.2. Instructor Delivery Expectations

Delivery expectations are the same for all modes of instruction, including face-to-face training, blended learning, eLearning, and distance learning.

Effective instructors create positive learning environments, engage learners and assess the achievement of learning outcomes.

4.2.1. Create Positive Learning Environments

Training providers must ensure that the instructor:

  1. is knowledgeable about the content of the approved training program;
  2. adheres to the instructional design of the approved training program;
  3. communicates expected learning outcomes of the approved training program;
  4. models positive attitudes towards learning;
  5. creates a safe and positive learning environment;
  6. asks learners for feedback;
  7. employs a variety of instructional techniques;
  8. uses personal protective equipment (PPE) or other equipment in accordance with legislative requirements and the approved training program;
  9. models respectful and professional behaviour; and
  10. resolves and addresses any learner’s inappropriate behaviours promptly and respectfully.

4.2.2. Engage Learners

Training providers must ensure that the instructor:

  1. links course content and learning activities with learners’ knowledge and experience;
  2. links program content with learners’ workplace;
  3. asks open-ended questions;
  4. employs a variety of clarification and feedback strategies; and
  5. encourages group discussion.

4.2.3. Assess Learning and Performance

Training providers must ensure that the instructor:

  1. communicates learning evaluation criteria;
  2. uses evaluation methods that are appropriate to learners' language, literacy and accommodation needs;
  3. monitors and evaluates individual and group performance throughout the program delivery;
  4. assesses achievement of learning outcomes in accordance with the Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Training Program Standard; and
  5. reviews incorrect answers or assessments with the learners.

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