Ground Disturbance 201

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Ground Disturbance 201 training course is endorsed by the Alberta Common Ground Alliance.  It is designed for planners, managers, supervisors, and employees who are or will be required to develop, plan, and implement any kind of ground disturbance.

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

      • Identify and define ground disturbance
      • Describe the hazards of ground disturbance
      • Decide what permits and agreements will be required
      • Describe how to locate and identify underground facilities
      • Describe regulations associated with ground disturbance
      • Describe the responsibilities for owners and ground disturbers
      • Describe safety requirements

This Ground Disturbance 201 course contains the same course content as a classroom delivered Ground Disturbance 201 course, and has been endorsed by the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA).ABCGA-Logo


Module 1 - Definition, Words, and Terms

  • Defining ground disturbance
  • Common words and terms related to ground disturbance

Module 2 - Regulations and Responsibilities

  • Regulations that apply to ground disturbance
  • Penalties for contravention of regulations
  • Responsibilities of each party involved in a ground disturbance

Module 3 - Approvals, Permits, and Agreements

  • Approvals common to ground disturbance
  • Various types of ground disturbance permits
  • Commonly used ground disturbance agreements
  • Circumstances that may impact the ground disturbance permits and agreements required

Module 4 - Ground Disturbance Planning

  • Soil types, cutbacks, and sloping according to Alberta and Saskatchewan regulations
  • Reclamation process
  • Techniques that can be used to minimize environmental impacts

Module 5 - Stages of Ground Disturbance

  • Techniques for locating existing underground facilities
  • Procedures for marking underground facilities
  • Exposure process for underground facilities
  • Backfill responsibilities

Module 6 - Underground Facility Contact

  • Historical damage to underground facilities
  • Common causes of contacts with underground facilities
  • Potential consequences of contacting underground facilities
  • Strategies for preventing contact
  • How to prepare for a contact
  • What constitutes contact with an underground facility and the procedures to follow if contact is made


Approximately 5 hours


Testing conducted throughout this online Ground Disturbance 201 course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved. Print materials necessary to complete this course can be accessed online.


Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing. The certificate is valid for 3 years from the course completion date indicated on the certificate.