Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Job Tip – Bucket on a Ladder

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Another Job Tip from IBEW Hour Power

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Printable apprentice work reports.

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Below are links for the front and back pages of the Apprentice Work Report forms.

Open each PDF file and print copies.

Fill out the reports and bring them or mail them in to the Hall.

Apprentice Work Report (front)

Apprentice Work Report (back)

Would you take on the Shop Steward position at your jobsite? – IBEW Shop Steward Handbook

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

IBEW Local Union #1003 needs a few members that are prepared to be Shop Stewards on our jobsites.

This position is one of the most vital in the labour movement, and labour accords it great respect.SSHBook

As Shop Steward you will become a guardian of the democratic rights of union members in their place of work. Members will come and seek your opinion on many issues and learn to trust your advice regarding the Collective Agreement and working relationships.

As Steward, you will be given the responsibility of influencing the attitude of workers towards your local, the IBEW and the labour movement in general. Your attitude, patience, and understanding towards fellow employees and employers can help to create a positive view of your union.

If you are interested, a good first step is to come to the hall, declare your interest and pickup a copy of the IBEW Shop Steward Handbook.

A short video about IBEW’s Code of Excellence training

Monday, May 18th, 2020

IBEW Construction Code of Excellence

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Video: WorkSafeBC, falls from ladders.

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

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** Important ** MANDATORY TRAINING TO BE DONE BY MAY22nd, 2017- New electrical trades memorandum – Article 1009

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017


The Employer and the Union both recognize it is in the best interest of all parties to maintain a safe work place, and that begins with relevant safety education culture. In recognition of this, the Union will facilitate a safety training toolsprogram for the benefit of its members being “Ready for Work”. Such training will include, but will not be limited to: WHMIS, annual hearing test, basic fall arrest, and CSTS. As of May 22, 2017, the Union will not dispatch any members who do not hold the current certifications listed above and all current employees will be required to obtain these same certifications.


How do I get these certificates?

WHMIS 2015 is available online through the Western Jets Website (set a username and password and login on WJETS website then goto Online Training). When you are logged into WJETS and click Online Training there are further instructions highlighted in green on how to get on to the VU Biz  Site where the training is (at the vubiz site there are multiple versions of WHIMS listed, we need WHIMS 2015) When you are done, if you go back to the course listing you will see a “certificate” button next to the course. Go into that to print and/or save a copy of the certificate. Then you need to get a copy to the hall for filing.


Basic Fall Protection Awareness is available online through the Western Jets website  (set a username and password and login on WJETS website then goto Online Training) When you are logged into WJETS and click Online Training, there are further instructions highlighted in green on how to get on to the VU Biz Site where the training is. When you are done, if you go back to the course listing you will see a “certificate” button next to the course. Go into that to print and/or save a copy of the certificate. Then you need to get a copy to the hall for filing.


Hearing tests are available free of charge to all IBEW members, simply make an appointment at your local hearing clinic that provides industrial hearing tests and identify yourself as an IBEW Electrician and  give them the following worksafe number:  389407-013  ***note: the number has recently changed and you must use this new number.

In the West Kootenays, go to Kootenay Hearing Aid and Audilogy Clinic 250-304-2003 for Castlegar and 250-368-8668 for Trail. You’ll have to call ahead and make an appointment. You need to get a copy of the resulting WorksafeBC card to the Hall for filing.

In the East Kootenays there is no qualified industrial audiologist. We are arranging for a mobile testing van to come to Cranbrook to take care of our East Kootenay members. You will be contacted by the training department to set you up with an appointment when all is arranged. If you are getting your hearing tests through your current employer you need to get us a copy of your Worksafe BC hearing test card for filing.


BCCSACSTS09forwebCSTS – 09 (Construction Safety Training System)

Due to the IBEWs membership with BC Construction Safety Association all IBEW members receive CSTS free of charge. The course will be hosted at the Alberta Construction Safety Association website. If you don’t already have this certification, please contact the Union Hall for registration. When the office staff arranges for your registration, an email containing your username, password, and login instructions will be forwarded to you. When you complete this course, the certificate will be sent to the Hall and we will file one copy and mail one to you. (The forwarded email will say that the certificate comes to you directly but ignore that part.)

*Note: CSTS – 09 will NOT work on a mobile phone or tablet.


What about my existing certificates?

Your existing certificates in most cases are all that are required. Please contact your local business office to be sure your current certificates are on file.

Western JETS Course Reimbursement (changes)

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017



To all IBEW Local Union staff and members:

RE: Western JETS Course Reimbursement

As a point of information at the last Western JETS board meeting it was decided to better engage our contractor partners, the following courses will no longer be reimbursed by the Western JETS and safety training will be provided by our contractors as per WorkSafe BC regulations.

Aerial Work Platform

Confined Space

Construction Safety Officer Training

Fall Protection

Electrical Project Supervision

FSR Exam

Low Voltage courses required for OEM warranty

Telehandler Training


As we believe supervision training is a very important aspect of the trade we will continue to reimburse for Front Line Leadership. It has proven to be a more effective training tool, meets the same high gold seal standard and is a greater value versus the Electrical Project Supervision courses.


Due to recent conflicts the following changes have been made to the reimbursement policy.

FSR training will only be reimbursed with a sponsorship letter from a union employer or a Letter of Recognition with the Local Union.



Adrien Livingston

Executive Director

Job Tip – GFCI Sticker

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Another handy tip from IBEW Hour Power

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Application For Bursary : to apprentices

Monday, July 11th, 2016

There is a Bursary available for each of the four years of your apprenticeship. There is a requirement to be satisfied however. I quote from the application form (see below): ” IT IS REQUIRED THAT, IN ODER TO QUALIFY FOR THIS BURSARY, YOU MUST HAVE ATTENDED AT LEAST FOUR (4) UNION MEETINGS IN THE LAST TWELVE (12) MONTH PERIOD”

There will be no exceptions!

If you are not able or willing to comply with this requirement, please do not bother to apply.




Safety – Always wear your Safety Glasses on the job

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Safety eyewear for workers who wear glasses or contact lenses sglasses4

If your work exposes your eyes to hazards such as dust or chemicals, or to the risk of impact with tools, materials,
or flying debris, you must wear safety eyewear. This requirement also applies to workers who wear prescription
glasses or contact lenses. Regular prescription glasses or contact lenses are not a substitute for safety eyewear.
Eyewear options.
The two main choices for workers who wear prescription glasses or contact lenses are
• Wearing non-prescription safety eyewear (glasses or goggles) over your own prescription glasses or contact lenses
• Wearing prescription safety eyewear
In order to determine which options are appropriate for you, your employer
must assess the hazards of your workplace and your job. Here are some key
factors for consideration:
• If you are exposed to hazards from the side, your safety eyewear mustsglasses3
have side shields or wraparound arms.
• If there is a risk of impact to your eyes, your safety eyewear must have
polycarbonate or plastic lenses.
• If you are exposed to high temperatures or corrosive chemicals,
polycarbonate or plastic lenses may not be practical. In such cases, lenses made of treated safety glass may be acceptable, as long as there is no risk of impact to your eyes.
• If there is a risk of injury to other parts of your face, you must wear a
face shield over your safety eyewear.
• If you work in dry, dusty, or chemically charged environments, contact
lenses may not be suitable, even when worn with safety eyewear.
Standards for eye and face protection
Check that your safety eyewear and face protection has markings indicating
that it meets CSA or ANSI requirements.
• On non-prescription safety eyewear or face shields, look for these markings: CSA or ANSI Z87. For protection
from high impact, choose eyewear marked CSA or ANSI Z87+.
• On prescription safety eyewear made of polycarbonate or plastic look for CSA. On prescription lenses made of
treated safety glass, look for ANSI Z87-2. Note: Wearing lenses made of treated safety glass is acceptable only
when polycarbonate or plastic lenses are not practical and there is no risk of impact to your eyes.
Who pays for safety eyewear?
• Employers must provide and pay for non-prescription safety eyewear.
• Employers are not required to pay for prescription safety eyewear. Workers who prefer wearing prescription
safety eyewear may have to pay for it themselves.sglasses2

Remember: Safety eyewear can’t protect you unless you wear it.

For more information, go to, Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, 8.14 to 8.18 (Eye and Face Protection).