Mandatory Skills Training

Employees in the forestry and mining sector are legally required to take Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) modular classroom training programs. Workplace Safety North's suite of mandatory programs includes health and safety classroom training for chainsaw, cable skidder and mechanical harvesting equipment operators, as well as for first-line mining supervisors. Forestry training is also available in French. The MTCU sets competency requirements for these programs and WSN is responsible for developing and delivering them to you.

Common Core for First Line Supervisors (Program #770121, #770131 and #770141)

WSN provides legislated training for the Supervisory Common Core, which meets the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) requirements for the mining industry. For a complete listing of course descriptions and availability, view upcoming training schedule.

  • Program #770121: Underground Mine Supervisor - Underground Hard Rock Mining
  • Program #770131: Underground Mine Supervisor - Underground Soft Rock Mining
  • Program #770141: Generic First Line Supervisor - Surface Mining, Surface & Underground Diamond Drilling Operations and Surface & Underground Mining Trades

The following courses meet the knowledge requirements for the modules of the Common Core for First Line Supervisors.

To become fully accredited under the supervisory common core programs, participants must return to their workplaces following each module and demonstrate to a qualified trainer their skills and their understanding of the company's specific requirements according to government legislation, company standards and manufacturer specifications in use in the workplace. See also: Mining Industry Signing Authority Audit Resources.

Recommended Prerequisites: To ensure success in this series of modules, all participants should take the WSN Act & Mining Regulations and Introduction to Mining Safety Programs courses before taking any other courses. 

For a detailed list of requirements for each of the three programs, click on the links below:

Course Descriptions 

Act & Mining Regulations 118

This course meets the knowledge requirements for a portion of the module Follow Safety Program of the Common Core for First Line Supervisors (including Program #770121, #770131 and #770141).

Introduction to Mining Safety Programs 194

This course meets the knowledge requirements for a portion of the module Follow Safety Program of the Common Core for First Line Supervisors (including Program #770121, #770131 and #770141).

Planned Inspection and Observation 191

The course meets the knowledge requirements for a portion of the module ‘Follow Safety Program’ of the Common Core for First Line Supervisors (including Program #770121, #770131 and #770141). 

Incident Investigation 120

This course meets the knowledge requirements for a portion of the module Follow Safety Program of the Common Core for First Line Supervisors (including Program #770121 and #770131).

Prepare for Emergencies: Underground Mining 192

The course meets the knowledge requirements for the module ‘Prepare for Emergencies’ of the Common Core for First Line Supervisors (including Program #770121 and #770131).

Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene 110

The course meets the knowledge requirements for the module ‘Follow Health and Hygiene Procedures/Guidelines’ of the Common Core for First Line Supervisors (including Program #770121, #770131 and #770141). 

Practice Effective Communications 205

This course meets the knowledge requirements for the module ‘Practice Effective Communications’ of the Common Core for First Line Supervisors (including Program #770121, #770131 and #770141).

Manage Employees 193

This course meets the knowledge requirements of the module ‘Manage Employees’ of the Common Core for First Line Supervisors (including Program #770121, #770131 and #770141).

Ground Control: Underground Mining 112

The course meets the knowledge requirements for a portion of the module Identify Geological Features and Supervise Ground Control Installations of the Common Core for First Line Supervisors (including Program #770121 and #770131).

The ‘Geological Features’ requirements of this module are not addressed in this course.

Mine Ventilation: Underground Mining 160

This course meets the knowledge requirements for the module ‘Assess, Control and Apply Ventilation Systems in the Workplace’ of the Common Core for First Line Supervisors (including Program #770121 and #770131).

Mandatory skills training in Ontario

Ontario law requires chainsaw operators (cutters) and operators of cable skidders and mechanical harvesting equipment to receive common core classroom training on health and safety principles and practices related to the equipment they have been hired to operate.

The operators of these pieces of equipment must be registered for this training before they start work and they must complete the classroom training and associated on-site competency tests within one year of being registered.

WSN provides training that meets the following legislated requirements:

For cutters and skidder operators:

Program # 7500000: Cutter-Skidder Operator 

Program # P750010: Cutter

Program # P750020: Skidder Operator

Training course: 

Introduction to Professional Chainsaw Operation: Common Core

For mechanical harvesting equipment operators:

Program #P850715: Mechanical Harvesting Equipment Operator Training Program

Program #P750025: Supervisor Training

Program # P750035: Feller Buncher Operator 

Program # P750045: Cut to Length Processor Operator 

Program # P750055: Grapple Skidder Operator 

Program # P750065: Forwarder/Transporter Operator

Program # P750075: Delimber Operator

Program # P750085: Slasher Operator 

Program # P750095: Chipper Operator

Training course: 

Mechanical Harvesting-Forestry Pit and Road Construction Equipment Operator Common Core (online)

Mechanical Harvesting-Forestry Pit and Road Construction Equipment Operator Common Core (classroom)

For forestry workers and their supervisors engaged in a pit as part of a logging operation:

Program #600100:  Forestry Pit and Road Construction Equipment Operator Training Program

Program #600101: Supervisor Training

Program #600102: Hydraulic Excavator Operator

Program #600103: Bulldozer Operator 

Program #600104: Front End Loader Operator 

Program #600105: Haulage Truck Operator

Program #600106: Grader Operator 

Program #600107: Fuel Truck Operator

Program #600108: Service Truck Operator 

Training course: 

Mechanical Harvesting-Forestry Pit and Road Construction Equipment Operator Common Core (online)

Mechanical Harvesting-Forestry Pit and Road Construction Equipment Operator Common Core (classroom)

For more detailed information on the above training and associated on-site competency texts, click on the links below. 

Cutter Skidder Operator Training Program

On-Site Orientations

Mechanical Harvesting Equipment Operator Training Program

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On-Site Orientations

Forestry Pit and Road Construction Equipment Operator Training Program

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On-Site Orientations