Occupation Specific Training (OST)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 situation in Alberta, this service will temporarily be offered online. Click here for a list of contacts.

What is Occupation Specific Training (OST)?

Are you looking for a job? Is English your second language? Occupation Specific Training can help you find an entry-level job by offering both English and job-specific workplace training.

After choosing their focus from the options below, students receive language instruction combined with a job-specific training and receive a certificate upon completion. Options include:

1. Childcare Level 1 Certificate Training: Childcare Certificate Training- Child Development Assistant  ( Level 1) Certification Preparation, Alberta Government Curriculum, Certificate issued by Alberta Human Services

2. Warehouse/Logistics Job Training: Job Functions and Procedures in Warehousing, Work Environment, Health and Safety Rules and Practices, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), First Aid and CPR /AED and Medical Emergency Planning, Logistics Types and Functions, Materials Management and Distribution. Graduation certificate from TIES.

3. Security Guard Training: Introduction to the Professional Security Industry, The Canadian Legal System, Basic Security Procedures, Communication, Documentation and Evidence, Emergency Response Procedures, Health and Safety. Graduation certificate from TIES.

In addition to technical skills training, you will also receive a chance to meet employers for workshops, presentations, and mock interviews. OST students also receive a FREE monthly bus pass while they are enrolled in class.

Is childcare available?

OST students receive up to $500/month per child to purchase childcare services from a licensed facility while they are enrolled in class.


Permanent Resident, Refugee, or Live-In Caregiver

Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 3 or higher (Warehouse/Logistics and Security Guard Training)

Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 4 or higher (Childcare Certification)


Note: Students can still join after a course has started. Register anytime.

Childcare Certificate
April 6, 2020 – July 30, 2020
August 3, 2020 – November 19, 2020
November 30, 2020 – March 25, 2021

Warehouse Logistics
April 6, 2020 – July 30, 2020
September 14, 2020 – January 14, 2021

Security Guard
July 6, 2020 – August 6, 2020
August 17, 2020 – September 17, 2020
September 28, 2020 – October 29, 2020
November 9, 2020 – December 10, 2020
January 4, 2021 – February 4, 2021
February 15, 2021 – March 18, 2021


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No Registration Cost


This program has ongoing intake, meaning students can register anytime.

SCHEDULE: Childcare and Warehouse/Logistics Training
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
6:00PM – 9:15PM 6:00PM – 9:15PM 6:00PM – 9:15PM 6:00PM – 9:15PM


SCHEDULE: Security Guard Training
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
5:15PM – 9:15PM 5:15PM – 9:15PM 5:15PM – 9:15PM 5:15PM – 9:15PM


Semester Breaks:

Christmas Break (2 weeks)

December 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021

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