Ground Disturbance 201 (BC)

BC Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA) Approved Training Course
Optional Virtual Proctoring is Available

Ground Disturbance Level 2 (201)

Online Training Course

What Is Ground Disturbance 201 (BC)?

Ground disturbance refers to activities that disturb the terrain, such as construction excavations or utility trenching. Proper training is important because ground disturbance can affect surrounding structures, and can also damage underground installations. For example, an excavation without adequate planning can damage buried power lines or sewage piping. Ground disturbance can even have a negative environmental impact even when there are no surrounding buildings or buried facilities.

This online BC Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA) endorsed course is designed for planners, managers, supervisors, and employees who must develop, plan, or undertake any ground disturbance in the British Columbia area. This BCCGA course contains the same content and examination criteria as it would in a classroom. When you receive your certificate, you can feel confident that you received some of the best ground disturbance training available.

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Course Overview

Course Overview

The Ground Disturbance 201 course is designed for professionals working with any ground disturbance, including project managers and site supervisors. Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of the damage prevention process
  • Outline ground disturbance stakeholder responsibilities
  • Identify and define ground disturbance
  • Describe hazards associated with ground disturbance
  • Identify approvals and permits that may be required
  • Explain how to search for, locate, and identify buried facilities
  • Describe methods for exposing buried facilities
  • Outline the procedures to follow if the damage is caused or found

This online version of Ground Disturbance 201 was developed by ASTEC Safety Inc., covering the same topics as the classroom version. The course meets the content and evaluation requirements of the BCCGA Ground Disturbance 201 Standard. ASTEC Safety is a leading provider of safety training for companies in western Canada.

ABCGA Endorsed Ground Disturbance

Contractors and their personnel must manage several risks and regulations when starting a new project. These include ground disturbance regulations, especially when projects involve heavy equipment. The Ground Disturbance 201 course meets national and provincial regulations and also BCCGA guidelines for preventing damage to buried installations. The content is designed for workers from various industries who may require ground disturbance safety training:

  • Oil and gas
  • Wastewater
  • Construction
  • Power Generation

ASTEC Safety provides high-quality safety training for businesses throughout Western Canada. This Ground Disturbance 201 course complies with provincial and national ground disturbance regulations and BCCGA recommendations for avoiding buried facility damage. The BCCGA, BC Common Ground Alliance, is an open-membership organization whose mission is to improve safety standards for workers and public members while reducing the industry’s environmental footprint.

Therefore, this course is designed for workers in various industries—including oil and gas, sewage, petroleum, construction, and energy—which may require special training in ground disturbance safety before beginning work. Whether you’re a job planner, site supervisor, manager, contractor, or employee, this course will familiarize you with the regulations and legislation that govern ground disturbance standards. Standards such as Occupational Health & Safety and Industry Recommended Practices. Learning the appropriate rules and safety principles will keep you compliant and improve worker safety if you’re digging or working with buried facilities. Regardless of your role in an organization, this course will familiarize you with ground disturbance regulations, legislation, and best practices in the industry. These practices will be discussed in the four modules this training course will take participants through:

  • Module A: Damage Prevention
  • Module B: Ground Disturbance Planning
  • Module C: Preparing for a Ground Disturbance
  • Module D: The Execution and Completion of a Ground Disturbance

The Ground Disturbance 201 online course will train you to identify common scenarios and their hazards. Ground activities without safety protocols can cause accidents like electrical faults and sewage spills when buried facilities are present. Companies can avoid these issues and improve worksite safety by getting familiarized with regulations and best practices. After completing this course, you will be familiar with the activities where ground disturbance regulations come into play, which includes:

    ✔ Auguring

    ✔ Blasting

    ✔ Backfilling

    ✔ Clearing

    ✔ Drilling

    ✔ Excavating

    ✔ Grading

    ✔ Levelling

    ✔ Plowing

    ✔ Quarrying

    ✔ Stripping

    ✔ Trenching

    ✔ Tunnelling

The completion time of this course is roughly 6 hours, which include practical exercises and testing. The passing score is 80%, and participants earn a 3-year certificate that can be downloaded. Virtual proctoring is available for an additional fee.

Universally Compatible

This Ground Disturbance online course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.

Ground Disturbance Level 201


Average Completion Time

The average completion time is 6 hours. Individual times will vary depending how long is spent on each module.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is included to reinforce the training. You are allowed three attempts to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be safely stored on your account and is available to download & print.