7116 Requirements

This Instructor certification is for our Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) accredited Fall Protection OilSands program.

Course Specification

This program is specifically designed to meet the current OSSA FP2010 standard. Upon the successful completion of all requirements of this Certified Instructor program, you will be certified to deliver our Fall Protection OilSands end-user program. Workers who will be accessing sites requiring OSSA fall protection require training that has been accredited by OSSA (Oil Sands Safety Association). Our program is OSSA accredited.

This training program contains specific information on fall safety topics required by the FP2010 standard issued by OSSA. The training includes both, but is not limited to:

  • Hazard identification
  • Rights and responsibilities related to working at height
  • Legislative requirements for worker fall safety
  • Fall safety warning methods and barriers
  • Types and usage of personal protective equipment for fall protection

View an outline of our OilSands program.


Our Certified Instructor Program is built as a turnkey training solution for educating workers seeking OSSA accredited training. The Certified Instructor Program is designed to qualify individuals to teach the corresponding approved Fall Protection Group OilSands program. The program is designed to the specific established OSSA standard and as a Certified Instructor; you are expected to deliver the program as designed.

Instructor Qualification

Admission into the program is done through an application and screening process to ensure each candidate meets the specific requirements set forth by this training standard. Each participant must have prior knowledge and experience with working at heights, general occupational health & safety, and adult education prior to admission into the program. Individuals interested in attending will need to complete and submit an application form. The application form illustrates the specific requirements that must be met. Find the application form here.

You must meet the following criteria to be considered for the program. If you have a specific question relating to your qualifications, please contact us to discuss your situation.

Any potential instructor must possess the proper technical occupational health and safety knowledge and experience before being accepted into the Certified Instructor program. This must be demonstrated by meeting at minimum the following criteria:

  1. have completed the FPG OilSands end-user fall protection program (or FPG equivalent): #6116. (ideally within the past year)
  2. possess a minimum of two years work experience in the construction, oil & gas or fall protection industry or equivalent.
  3. possess knowledge of Alberta Occupational Health & Safety legislation.
  4. possess knowledge of OSHA, CSA and ANSI standards.
  5. be physically capable of working at heights.
  6. possess general health & safety knowledge.
  7. be proficient with fall protection plans and equipment.
  8. demonstrate good communication skills and instructional techniques.
  9. supply your own personal protective equipment (steel-toed boots, gloves, hard hat, ?safety glasses).
  10. supply all necessary fall protection equipment (see item.3.0).
  11. be capable of meeting all insurance and course logistics requirements.
  12. possess current basic level of first aid certificate (16 hour program minimum).

Insurance Coverage – Any potential instructor or the company they are employed by must possess a valid Commercial General Liability insurance policy. The required commercial general liability insurance must be reflective of the type of activities being carried out by the company.

Legislative Compliance – Any potential instructor must understand and comply with all relevant provincial workplace legislation. They would be responsible for the provision of a safe and fair classroom-learning environment. This would include, but is not limited to, the arrangement of proper protective equipment for all students, a classroom environment that can accommodate a learner with disabilities and the provision of first aid, if required.

How long will I be certified to instruct?

A Certification is valid for an initial six (6) month period from the date of completion. Within the first six (6) months, you must successfully pass a program audit. Your certification will then be valid for two (2) years. You will need to ensure that you meet the specific ongoing requirements for the particular program(s) for which you are certified. These can include;

  • Minimum number of three courses delivered per year
  • Maintain ongoing professional development annually
  • First Aid certified individual available where training is taking place
  • General Liability Insurance

What will I need to bring to the Certified Instructor Program?

For the Certified Instructor’s course, all candidates are recommended to bring their laptop computer. All other equipment will be available.

What course logistics will I be required to supply for the training?

  • A classroom with seating and desk space capable of accommodating all students comfortably, where the lighting, heating/air conditioning could be adjusted. The availability of nearby support facilities: including washrooms, lunch area or coffee area, smoking facilities, etc.
  • A late model computer running Windows 7 or Macintosh OS 10.5 or better.
  • An LCD projector and screen or other projection surface.
  • A copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Code

What equipment will I be required to supply for the training?

  • 16 full body harnesses or at least one per student in your courses (Must include at least one of A, E, L, D, P harnesses)
  • 10 foot demonstration rope
  • Snap hook and carabiner samples
  • Energy absorbing lanyard; Deployed energy absorber
  • Various lanyard samples (rope, steel cable, web, adjustable)
  • Type I SRL and Type II SRL (a Type III may be substituted for the Type II)
  • Vertical lifeline and fall arresters (min. 2 different types)
  • Temporary horizontal lifeline kit
  • 4 different types of anchorage connectors, such as cable slings or synthetic
  • 6 carabiners
  • 10 samples of damaged equipment for inspection
  • Equipment inspection logbook sample
  • Tripod (optional – an appropriately strong anchoring point for harness suspensions)

Course Notes

Course Note:
This program is accredited by OSSA. The OSSA acronym represents the Oil Sands Safety Association. They manage the requirements of accreditation through administrative and training standards. These standards are subject to change with limited notice. Compliance with all requirements of the standard is required in order to continue to receive OSSA accreditation. Failure to comply with any element may result in the removal of OSSA accreditation without notice.

If at any time, you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (email: info@fallprogroup.com or phone 403 270-2332 / 888-FALLPRO). One of our team members will be happy to answer your questions.