Ground Disturbance Supervisor Training

ABCGA-endorsed damage prevention training


Global Training Centre and Danatec Educational Services Ltd. joint online training program is now fully endorsed to the ABCGA Ground Disturbance Standard 201. This course includes the 2016 updates to the Standard 201. New this year we have the EAPUOC eManual app, also included in the course.

This online program was built on the success and content of the current Global Training Centre Ground Disturbance Level II® standardized program. In our opinion, this online program provides all the content of the Ground Disturbance Level II® plus the benefit of some additional information. We are confident that upon assessment by your company this online program would be deemed equivalent in content.

It is designed for any party that is supervising a ground disturbance, independently performing a ground disturbance or issuing and receiving ground disturbance permits. The program ensures that personnel are familiar with, and fully understand, all the regulations and variances involved when a ground disturbance takes place.

This course is presented in a logical sequence – from the pre-planning stage to the close out, all with a focus on damage prevention. Participants learn how to clarify sources when searching for underground facilities, provide notification to the facility owner and receive owner notification. Participants gain an understanding of the necessary approvals/crossing agreements and regulations necessary before creating a ground disturbance. They gain an understanding of line locating, including the use of electro-magnetic equipment, and learn about types of exposure. Participants will also learn how to do a back-fill inspection, as well as how to use permits and conduct pre-job meetings. Emergency response plans and what to do in case an underground facility is contacted are also covered. The practical exercise in the final module takes the participant through the process of building a ground disturbance checklist, using their knowledge gained within the course.

Course content includes animated scenarios, expert character guideposts, interactive learning exercises, competency quiz questions, a full glossary and toolbox of regulations, codes, guides, downloadable sample documents and also a defensible final exam. Upon successful completion students will be issued a training certificate valid for three (3) years.


Module 1 – Introduction

  • Identify the job requirements for employers, supervisors, and workers
  • Describe the differences between regulatory and best practice requirements for training
  • List the regulatory requirements for training

Module 2 – Damage Prevention

  • List key points of damage prevention, including the range of stakeholders, the impacts on safety, environment, and underground infrastructure, the importance for ground disturbance, and the role of regulatory requirements as minimum standards
  • Describe the present industry rationale for and best practices related to ground disturbance/damage prevention
  • Identify damage prevention organizations active in Alberta, including their names, geographical jurisdictions, purposes, and the stakeholder groups they include

Module 3 – Stakeholders

  • Identify members of different communities and their major responsibilities in a ground disturbance project
  • List the different stakeholders involved in ground disturbance activities
  • Describe how the interrelationships of stakeholders contribute to the prevention of damage to buried facilities

Module 4 – Ground Disturbance Management

  • List key benefits of developing, implementing, and maintaining ground disturbance codes of practice for project owners, buried facility operators, and ground disturbers
  • Identify and describe potential hazards of disturbing the ground around buried facilities
  • Describe the steps in damage incident management, including DIRT report and incident investigations

Module 5 – Search

  • Describe the requirements to conduct a search for existing buried facilities in the area of and surrounding a proposed ground disturbance
  • Describe how the one-call centre can be used as part of the search process, and identify any risks associated with relying on the information obtained
  • Identify potential sources of information, the nature of the information that may be available, the potential value of the information to the ground disturber, and the risks associated with relying on the information

Module 6 – Notification

  • Describe the regulatory requirements to notify the licensees, owners, and operators of a buried facility, including advance notice requirements
  • Describe how the one-call centre can be used during the notification process
  • Identify the appropriate actions to take in a situation where a buried facility operator does not respond to a notification

Module 7 – Locates

  • Describe locates, including responsibilities, confidence, marks, and methods
  • Identify the basics of electromagnetic locating, including describing a visual aid
  • Describe the APWA Uniform Colour Code for the temporary marking of buried facilities, including regulatory requirements, industry practice, and allowable deviations

Module 8 – Execution

  • Describe the purpose, attendees, significant agenda items, and meeting documentation for pre-job and tailgate meetings
  • Use a ground disturbance checklist and describe its purposes, benefits, and typical content
  • Identify the regulatory restrictions on the use of mechanical excavation equipment near buried facilities and state that approvals may impose tougher requirements

Module 9 – Close Out

  • Identify key information in a completed backfill inspection report
  • State that some buried facility operators may have more stringent requirements than regulations require, or may request or require notification even when there are no regulatory requirements
  • Describe the requirements and consequences when a buried facility operator does not respond to a notification of intent to backfill

Module 10 – Practical Exercise
In this exercise, you will need to make many decisions in order to ensure a successful ground disturbance project. You will take the project from pre-job planning all the way to close out.

Universally Compatible

This 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.


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 5 hours.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.