Ground Disturbance 201

USP approved training for ground disturbance personnel
Optional virtual proctoring is available

Ground Disturbance Level 2 (201)

Online Training Course

What Is Ground Disturbance Level 2?

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

Ground Disturbance Level 2 is focused on training for supervisors who are overseeing the work. This course has been reviewed and recognized by the Utility Safety Parters (USP) which used to be known as ABCGA. When you receive your certificate you can feel confident that you received some of the best ground disturbance training available.

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This course is endorsed by Utility Safety Partners (USP), formerly the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA). Click here to view the January 25, 2022 endorsement certificate.

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Course Overview

Course Overview

The Ground Disturbance 201 course is designed for professionals who must work with any type of ground disturbance, including project managers and site supervisors. You will obtain the following skills while taking this course:

  • Defining ground disturbance, and identifying the existing types in worksites.
  • Understanding and communicating the hazards of ground disturbance.
  • Compliance: Identifying the required permits and agreements for each activity.
  • Finding and identifying underground installations.
  • Understanding and describing ground disturbance regulations.
  • Understanding the responsibilities of project owners, and the personnel involved in ground disturbance activities.
  • Understanding safety requirements.

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 ABCGA Ground Disturbance 201 Standard. ASTEC Safety is a leading provider of safety training for companies in western Canada.

ABCGA Endorsed Ground Disturbance

When starting a new project, contractors and their personnel must manage several risks and regulations. These include ground disturbance regulations, especially when projects involve heavy equipment. The Ground Disturbance 201 course meets national and provincial regulations, and also ABCGA 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 is a provider of high quality safety training for businesses throughout Western Canada. This Ground Disturbance 201 course complies with provincial and national ground disturbance regulations as well as ABCGA recommendations for avoiding buried facility damage. The ABCGA, formerly the Alberta Damage Prevention Council, is an open-membership organization that’s mission is to improve safety standards for workers and members of the public while reducing industry’s environmental footprint.

Therefore, this course is designed for workers in any number of industries—including oil and gas, sewage, petroleum, construction, and energy—who 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, including Occupational Health & Safety, the Alberta Pipeline Act, and Industry Recommended Practices. If you’re digging or working with buried facilities, learning the appropriate rules and safety principles will keep you compliant and improve worker safety.

Regardless of your role in an organization, this course will get you familiarized with ground disturbance regulations and legislations, and best practices in the industry. The scope of the course covers the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOSH) regulations and the Alberta Pipeline Act.

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

    ✔ Auguring

    ✔ Blasting

    ✔ Backfilling

    ✔ Clearing

    ✔ Drilling

    ✔ Excavating

    ✔ Grading

    ✔ Levelling

    ✔ Plowing

    ✔ Quarrying

    ✔ Stripping

    ✔ Trenching

    ✔ Tunnelling

The completion time of this course is roughly 5 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

universally compatible logoThis 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 5 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.

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