CALGARY, ALTA. — The Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) has reached a major milestone: 100,000 people have signed up for its newly refreshed Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) 2020.
“Reaching this milestone is tremendous. We surpassed all expectations,” said ACSA board chair Brad Bent in a statement. “Providing quality construction safety training is at the heart of the ACSA. And, for us to be able to provide this training for free to our members and stakeholders helps to ensure that hardworking Albertans are returning home safe every day.”
The program was made available last September for free. To date, 100,000 people have signed up for the three-hour CSTS 2020 Fundamentals course, and the association has confirmed 300,000 sign-ups for CSTS 2020 add-on modules.
“Safety training should be accessible to all. By offering CSTS 2020 for free, we are not only making Alberta worksites safer, but we are also helping struggling employers and workers — including those looking for work — to reduce their costs,” said ACSA CEO Dan MacLennan.
The upgraded program offers a three-hour CSTS 2020 Fundamentals course and 18 five- to 15-minute add-on modules. The program serves as the industry’s general construction site safety orientation for workers that are new or returning to the construction industry.
The association noted the course is available both on- and off-site, and the new customizable add-on modules allow employers to custom fit the training to meet their individual worksite needs.