Boilermakers Lodge 146

Alberta Job Ready Dispatch

In collective bargaining for the last BCA Collective Agreement it was agreed a Liaison committee of both Union and BCA Contractors would work together to establish a set of standardized safety programs that would be required before workers were dispatched to work.   The intent of the Alberta Job Ready Dispatch initiative was to reduce the amount of redundant safety training and get workers on the job sooner.

Frequently Asked Questions


NOTE: All OSSA Fall Protection and OSSA Confined Space safety tickets with expiry dates between January 1st and August 31st 2020 have been extended to expire September 1st 2020.

Alberta Job Ready Requirements

    1. CSTS – V.09 Certification (No expiry) – Does not include WHMIS 2015
      • A new version, CSTS 2020, is now available for free until December 31, 2020. Details here.
    2. OSSA Confined Space Entry & Monitor (Expires every 3 years)
    3. ESC Fall Protection (Expires every 3 years)
    4. Respiratory Fit Certification (2 Masks) (Expires every 2 years)
      • 3M – Full Mask – Quantitative – Model: 6000 Series (3M 6700 = Small, 3M 6800 = Medium & 3M 6900 = Large)
      • 3M – 1/2 Mask – Quantitative – Model: 6500QL Series (6501QL = Small, 6502QL = Medium & 6503QL = Large)
      • * Respiratory Fit tickets must state the following to be valid for Alberta Job Ready Dispatch: Quantitative test; Brand 3M , model number and size.  If you are unable to fit a recommended mask(s) request a ticket stating “No Fit”.
      • *Respiratory Fit Certification includes a theoretical component.  Access it though initiafy find out how in the members section.
      • * Tickets must be valid for 60 days from the employment start date.
    5. Audiometric Testing: We as an organization have embarked on a program (contractual obligation) through our health and welfare trust to provide FREE audiometric exams ONCE per year, for Lodge 146 members ONLY. We have a national agreement with a company called Connect Hearing.  All you have to do is make an appointment by calling 1-888-501-2661 and they will bill direct to the Health and Welfare plan. You can also call AT Safety at 780-417-3777 ($20.00 + GST) or Air Extreme at 780-439-3362 ($30.00 + GST) for audiometric testing as well. Click here to print out the Audiogram Form & the National Health and Welfare Claim Form.

Common Safety Orientation (CSO)

CSO is an OSSA site-specific course that is required in the Ft. McMurray area. Once dispatched to a site that requires this certificate, you can take the training and submit your receipt to your contractor for reimbursement.

OSSA BSO and OSSA Regional are still accepted and if you have one of them you do not need CSO, but going forward CSO is the only course offered.

Click here for CSO Training courses 

How to Register for Training

Option 1: Register for Training at the Boilermakers Lodge 146 

Due to restrictions from COVID-19 there is no safety training happening at the Hall. Please refer to OPtion 2 below for a list of third party providers.

Members, APA’s and Travel Cards can contact Bailey at 780-451-5998 ext. 255 to book upcoming OSSA Confined Space and ESC Fall Protection courses as well as Respiratory Fit Testing help at the Boilermaker Apprenticeship & Mechanical Training Centre (AMTC).

Respiratory Fit Testing only is also available at the Calgary Hall. Call 403-253-6976 to book a time. Sorry we are not taking bookings right now.

All Safety courses done at the Training Centre are FREE for Lodge 146 Members.

Travel Cards are offered free courses as long as they have a dispatch slip from the hall AND the training is not already required by their own local.

Click here to view the course calendar for current courses offered and registration details.


Option 2: Register with a Third Party Provider

You can also book appointments with any third party provider, as long as the training meets the requirements specified above. It is recommended that members bring a copy of this information with them to ensure that they are qualifying for the correct certifications.

Preferred course providers in Edmonton are: AT Safety Training,  Air Extreme and Touchback Safety.  See below section for reimbursement details.

Preferred course providers in Calgary are: Fast Labour Solutions, Irwins and ACTI

Other site specific training may be required prior to starting a specific job.  Once dispatched you can take the training and submit your receipt to your contractor.

ESC Confined Space is offered online, click here


CSTS 2020

Lodge 146 members who need CSTS 2020, please contact Bailey Koroluk at or by calling 780-451-5992 ext. 255.



A reimbursement program has been put in place to compensate Lodge 146 members in good standing for costs incurred for the training required for the Alberta Job Ready Dispatch initiative.  Members who have completed and paid for this training on or after December 1, 2016 are eligible for reimbursement.  Only the courses listed above will be reimbursed. Refund amount and eligibility will be reviewed on a case by case basis and refunds will be issued in full or in part as determined by the Boilermaker Education Trust Fund.  Please note that the course costs vary by provider and the amount reimbursed is subject to change without notice.

Click here to login to the members section to obtain a copy of the reimbursement application

email for questions or to submit receipts directly.

Uploading Tickets

In the Members’ only section.  Members can upload their information to their own profile.  Click here for step-by-step instructions.