Training Standards Committee

Utility Safety Partners is the only Regional Partner of the Common Ground Alliance in Canada that has a committee dedicated to developing training standards relating to damage prevention activities.


The Training Standards Committee objectives are:

  • Maintain the Ground Disturbance 101 Standard, Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Alberta), Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (British Columbia), and Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (Manitoba) training standards programs
  • Assist applicants through the endorsement process
  • Review the latest industry best practices
  • Collaborate with regional partners to establish national training standards programs

Recently Endorsed Training Providers

  • Effective Feb. 16, 2021 - Danatec by We Know Training has been endorsed to Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (British Columbia)

For a complete list of all endorsed ground disturbance training providers in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba, see our endorsed training providers page.


Want to be Endorsed?

The Ground Disturbance 201 Standards (AB, BC, MB) have been developed with input from stakeholders in the ground disturbance and buried facility damage prevention communities. It defines the minimum content and student evaluation requirements for instructor-led and online training programs suitable for those that wish to ultimately become ground disturbance supervisors.

The Ground Disturbance 101 Standard is intended to provide the necessary information for workers who participate in ground disturbance activities under supervision. This Standard's content places an emphasis on content that a non-supervisory level worker needs to know, such as:

  • Worker rights and obligations
  • Causes and consequences of damage
  • Hazards and hazard assessment
  • How to submit a locate request
  • The locating and marking process
  • Hand exposure

Endorsement from Utility Safety Partners provides employers, purchasers of ground disturbance services, and operators of buried facilities the confidence that those holding certificates from endorsed training organizations have received consistent, accurate information to an industry approved standard.

Document Downloads

Contact the Training Standards Committee by emailing [email protected] with "Training Standards" in the subject line.