Biosafety Training

The UBC Biosafety Program offers training to meet the requirements of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Biosafety Training

Why do I have to take Biosafety training?

The UBC Biosafety Program offers training to meet the requirements of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Our permission for UBC researchers to have, handle and research bio-hazardous material is dependent on meeting these requirements.
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Who needs Biosafety training?

The training is mandatory for all faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students prior to applying for or on having access to areas where work is being done under a UBC Biosafety Permit.
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What is proof of training and how long is it valid?

Proof of Training is a combination of the certificate received upon the successful completion of the Biosafety Course and documentation of training in lab-specific procedures. UBC Biosafety training certificates are valid for 5 years.
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Which Biosafety Course do I need?

If you are… Then take It includes
Faculty who is applying for a Biosafety Permit Biosafety for Permit Holders
UBC Principal Investigators Only
  • 1 x 20 min online module followed by a quiz
Faculty who is applying to renew a Biosafety Permit Biosafety Refresher for Permit Holders
UBC Principal Investigators Only
  • 1 x 20 min online module followed by a quiz
Staff, visiting research or student working under a Biosafety Permit who has not taken the course before and with access to or handling of risk group 1-3 biological materials Biosafety for Study Team Members
    • Part 1: 9 x 15 minute online modules, each followed by a quiz
    • Part 2: A 2.5-hour in-person session with a written exam
Staff, visiting research or student working under a Biosafety Permit who has an expired certificate Biosafety Refresher for Study Team Members
  • 4 x 15 min online modules each followed by a quiz
Faculty, staff, visiting researcher or student shipping biological substances who has never taken TDG training Transportation of Dangerous Goods Class 6.2 – Infectious Substances

  • 6 hour session

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How do I find out more about the Biosafety Program?

See the Biosafety Training Manual (PDF)

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