Biosafety Training

A training program requires both general information and site and project-specific training.  Refer to the  Canadian Biosafety Standards 2nd Ed. (CBS) in CHAPTER 4.3 for a further discussion of training requirements.Please note: This training is not equivalent to the departmental WHMIS training!

Refresher training is no longer available for credit. Any personnel who is new to the university or has out-of-date Generic Biosafety Training will need to complete the current version of Generic Biosafety Training to be compliant (instructions on how to access biosafety training is below).Material covered in the refresher training is available as a resource document.

**As of July 2019**

All Biosafety Training at the University of Manitoba is completed through UMLearn.

Follow the instructions to access biosafety training
1. Login to UMLearn using your UMNet ID and password.

  • For personnel who are not eligible to claim a UMNetID, please fill out this online form (*NEW* as of July 26th 2019).  Someone will contact you within 2 to 5 business days.
  • For personnel who previously had access to a UMLearn with their UMNetID  and requires access, please fill out and submit an Individual Sponsored Account Form to IST to reactivate your account for UMLearn.

2. Once logged in: along the top menu, click on “Self Registration”


3. Click on “EHS UManitoba Biosafety Training”
4. A course description will appear. Click “Register”
5. Enter registration information as required. Click “Submit”.
6. Click “finish” on the Step3: Confirmation window
7. A registration Summary should appear with the option to “Go To course offering EHS Manitoba Biosafety Training” as an option. Click on this to begin your training.

  • The training can be completed at your own pace as UMLearn will save your progress (the course can be accessed at the bottom of the Daylight  home screen under "My Courses").
  • There are 4 modules to complete with 4 quizzes:
    •  80% or higher is required to release the subsequent quiz.
    • 100% on the last, critical questions quiz is required to pass the course. 
  • You have unlimited attempts to receive a passing grade.

To obtain your completion of training certificate: Click on Assessments >Awards. Click on the bio-spider to generate a PDF of the certificate that can be saved or printed.

To review your final grade: Assessments > Grades and User Progress. Scroll to the Quizzes section and you can view your overall score. This final score will be recorded in our database within a week of completion

Departmental and PI training responsibilities:
1. Departments are responsible for ensuring that the WHMIS requirements, including training, are implemented.
2. Permit Holders are additionally responsible for site-specific training. Discussion and template for site-specific training as it relates to biological agents can be found in the 2018 U of M Biosafety Manual and accompanying appendices
3. The Laboratory Safety Checklist for New Lab Personnel  is a tool that Permit holders can use to document site-specific training for their lab personnel.