Employment & Training Programs and Services

Published Date: October 01, 2015
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Career & Employment Information Services

Exposure Courses


Employment and Immigration Grant Regulation
Government Accountability Act, Section 8


Exposure Courses is an element under Career and Employment Information Services. Exposure Courses provide job ready individuals with funding for short-term courses in order to assist individuals to obtain the certification and/or the job specific skills they require to meet conditions of employment in a specific occupation as prescribed by employer or industry expectations.

The objectives of Exposure Courses are:

  • to provide short-term job specific courses needed to obtain employment,

  • to augment an individual’s job specific skills or provide the certification required to obtain employment in as short a period as possible, and

  • to respond to employer or industry need for skilled workers by providing short-term skills enhancement.

Examples of eligible Exposure Courses are courses that teach specific skills required for a job:

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • H2S Alive
  • Computer courses that are required for a specific job (e.g. Word Perfect to Microsoft Office)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Fall Protection
  • Confined Space

    These are examples only and not an inclusive list.

Examples of courses ineligible as Exposure Courses are:

  • General courses that offer basic skills training required for a job 
  • Courses that do not lead directly to employment but to further training
  • Payment of exam fees
  • Courses that lead to an exam where the exam is not part of the course

    These are examples only and not an inclusive list.


Eligible Individuals

Individuals who have:

  • employability skills and are job ready,  
  • a skill gap that can be filled by training under two weeks in duration

Alberta Human Services/the contracted service provider conduct an assessment to determine if the individual is eligible for an Exposure Course.

To be eligible for an Exposure Course an individual must be:

  • unemployed or marginally employed,
  • job ready except for certain job specific skills,
  • committed to seeking employment at the conclusion of their training
  • an Alberta resident, or 
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or convention refugee and be legally entitled to work and train in Canada

In addition, the individual must have a job offer or a reasonable expectation of employment within one month of completing the Exposure Course. It is the individual’s responsibility to provide a letter or some other indication from a prospective employer indicating that employment will be available upon completion of the training.

If the assessment indicates the individual requires and will benefit from an Exposure Course, the individual is then referred to a specific training provider to take the needed Exposure Course.

The assessing officer's decision regarding Exposure Course eligibility is not subject to review by the Income and Employment Supports Appeal Panel. If the requested Exposure Course is denied, the individual must be informed of their right to request a review of the decision by a Human Services supervisor.

Employment Insurance (EI) Reporting Instructions

Instructions outlining the required procedure for EI eligible learners/training participants to complete their EI reporting process can be accessed through the Tools section of the Manual. 

Expectations of the Individual

Individuals must:

  • adhere to the acceptable attendance and acceptable progress standards as outlined by the training provider providing the specific Exposure Course, and 

  • provide information as requested.

Eligibility and Expectations of Contracted Service Providers

  • To be eligible to deliver Exposure Courses, the contracted service provider must meet the requirements as outlined in the contractual agreement signed with Human Services (see Training Providers, Obligations and Expectations).

  • The contracted service provider is an agent that acts on behalf of Alberta Human Services (third-part contract) and has overall responsibility for assessing individuals, arranging Exposure Courses, and meeting all specific contractual performance requirements to achieve objectives and deliverables.

  • The contracted service provider must ensure that the training provider is qualified to provide the specific Exposure Course and that the course leads to a skill set credential recognized by the employer.
  • The contracted service provider and the training provider may or may not be one and the same.

Training Providers

  • To be eligible to provide specific Exposure Courses, the training provider must meet the requirements as outlined in Human Services legislation and policy and be able to deliver a course that leads to a skill set or credential recognized by industry.

  • Training providers providing specific Exposure Courses must deliver specific Exposure Courses as negotiated with Human Services/the contracted service provider.
  • The training provider provides the specific short-term training that is needed by the individual,
  • The training provider and the contracted service provider may or may not be one and the same.

Program Components

Exposure courses are designed to offer short-term (maximum two weeks) training courses that:

  • are a mandatory requirement for a specific job,
  • lead to a skill set credential recognized by industry,
  • are offered in the Province of Alberta,
  • are offered through formal classroom training, not through distance learning or correspondence.

Exposure Courses must not be used to:

  • pay for exams for credentials, registration or professional status or fees,
  • support progression through sequential courses such as those offered at the beginner, intermediate or advanced level (e.g. computer courses), or 
  • support individuals to change occupations.

Exposure Courses are not intended to duplicate Human Services’ Work Foundations or Training for Work programs.

The expected outcomes of Exposure Courses are:

  • Employment as a result of achieving Exposure Course success
  • Increased employment in demand occupations


  • Exposure Courses can be taken on a full-time or a part-time basis. Individual follow-up is not a required component of Exposure Courses. 
  • Individuals are eligible to receive full-time Exposure Course funding for a maximum of 2 weeks per 12 month period.
  • Individuals are eligible to receive part-time Exposure Course funding for a maximum of six weeks per 12 month period.
  • Any combination of Exposure Courses cannot exceed the maximum number of weeks.
  • If an individual has exhausted the maximum number of eligible weeks for full-time Exposure Course funding they are not eligible to receive further funding for part-time Exposure Courses or vice-versa.

Funding Parameters

Alberta Human Services provides funding for Exposure Courses up to a maximum of $2,500 per 12 month period. 

Any combination of Exposure Courses must not exceed the maximum funding or duration per 12 month period
Procurement Method

Exposure Courses are provided by:

  • Human Services or a contracted service provider, both of whom make Exposure Course referrals.

  • When Human Services is the provider, the department assesses the individual and provides an approval letter to a specific training provider advising them to invoice the department so that the individual can access the Exposure Course.

  • When the invoice is paid by Human Services, the invoice should be coded to IMAGIS Program Code: 07609 and Account & Project Code: 543610-02700.

  • When a contracted service provider makes referrals, details of the referral process are outlined in the contract. Usually, copies of the invoices for all Exposure Course referrals are submitted to Human Services to verify the actual numbers.

  • Payment for Exposure Courses does not include GST.

  • The Human Services consultant/contracted service provider will review an individual's Exposure Course activities in Mobius prior to authorizing training in order to ensure the individual does not exceed the maximum funding or duration available per 12 month period. 

To access an Exposure Course the individual self-refers to a contracted service provider/Human Services.

Monitoring of Contracted Service Providers and Training Providers

Human Services Employment and Financial Supports Division is responsible for monitoring contract-based training.