WCSS Spill Responder Series Training

Oil spills that enter a watercourse have the potential to cause very serious and widespread damage to the environment. Having an effective response strategy and properly trained response personnel can greatly enhance a company's response capability and reduce environmental liability. 

The Spill Responder Series is intended for individuals who wish to provide accreditation to their employers and/or clients to indicate that they have the most advanced spill response training available in Western Canada. 

Upon the completion of the 5 courses, the student will receive certification in Spill Response Management and be recognized by WCSS as an effective contribution to any spill preparedness and response plan in the upstream oil and gas industry.

Each of the following courses include an exam that requires a minimum pass grade of 70%.  Where hands-on learning is part of the curriculum, students will be expected to participate in each aspect and demonstrate competent use of the equipment used.

To register contact (587) 393-9620 / info@wcss.ab.ca
For all other course inquiries contact (587) 393-9622 / shannon.jarrell@wcss.ab.ca

COURSE series DEtails at a glance*

Name of Course 2021 Dates Location Cost plus GST What to Bring Prerequisite Recommendations
SR100* July 12 Nisku, AB $290 pen / pencil None  
SR200 July 13 - 14 Nisku, AB $1100 PPE / pen / pencil SR100  
SR300 TBD Nisku, AB $800 Winter PPE / pen / pencil SR100  
SR400 July 15 - 16 Nisku, AB $1850 PPE / pen / pencil SR100  
SR500 October 6 - 7 Nisku, AB $1450 pen / pencil SR100  ICS 100 (minimum), previous experience in oil spill response
*discounted pricing available when registering for multiple courses within the series

course descriptions

Spill Responder 100

Date July 12, 2021
Location Nisku, AB
Cost $290
What to bring pen / pencil
Pre-requisite none
Maximum class size 30

Also available online and in a self-study manual format ($65 + GST). 
To order contact (587) 393-9620 / info@wcss.ab.ca.  

If you experience technical difficulties with the online training, please contact info@wcss.ab.ca and include a screenshot so that a diagnosis may take place as soon as possible. 

This one-day awareness level course has been designed to serve as baseline training for the oil and gas industry in Western Canada.  It is recognized by provincial regulators as the minimum recommended level of spill response training for anyone who may be expected to respond to an oil spill.  This includes:

  • field operations personnel
  • supervisors, foremen, superintendents
  • emergency response personnel
  • spill response contractors
  • WCSS member companies who may have missed an annual Oil Spill Cooperative  training exercise may choose to complete this training in lieu of attending an exercise.  This option is not available to ensure adequate exercise attendance in consecutive years.

The course provides spill responders with basic practical information that will help them to respond quickly and appropriately to a liquid hydrocarbon spill on both land and water. It consists of the following chapters, each with its own quiz:

  • Spill Preparedness Requirements
  • Safety
  • Initial Spill Response Steps
  • Containment and Recovery



Date July 13 - 14, 2021
Location Nisku, AB
Cost $1100
What to bring standard PPE (hard hat, FR clothing, steel-toed boots, gloves, hearing & eye protection), pen / pencil
Pre-requisite SR100
Maximum class size 30

A practical application of the concepts learned in Spill Responder 100;  this  2-day course includes half a day in the classroom to review spills to wetlands, surface water and land spills.  The other day and a half are spent in the field where students will have the opportunity to deploy equipment at 3 separate stations, giving them the skills that will prepare them to respond to a release on land or a small water body.  Specific equipment to be deployed:

  • Watergate Dam
  • Turner Valley Gate 
  • Filter Fences
  • Anchor options
  • Boom placement
  • Inverted Weir placement
  • Wildlife deterrents & hazing equipment 
  • multiple skimmers
  • Sorbents 



Date TBA, 2021
Location Nisku, AB
Cost $800
What to bring warm weather clothing, standard PPE (hard hat, FR clothing, steel-toed boots, gloves, hearing & eye protection), pen / pencil
Pre-requisite SR100
Maximum class size 20

Spill response in a water body with an ice sheet provides its own unique challenges.  Students who complete this course will gain experience with ice hazard assessment and ice rescue, identifying weight-bearing capacity to assist with choosing the proper equipment for an effective response in winter conditions and ice slotting. This hands-on training program includes:

  • Safety
  • Ice rescue with ropes and a rescue sled
  • Ice evaluation & slot layout
  • Block cutting and removal
  • Containment and recovery equipment in ice conditions




Date July 15 - 16, 2021
Location Nisku, AB
Cost $1850
What to bring standard PPE (hard hat, FR clothing, steel-toed boots, gloves, hearing & eye protection), pen / pencil
Pre-requisite SR100
Maximum class size 15


Responders will learn how to deploy containment and recovery equipment in open water using WCSS jet boats over the course of 2 days. WCSS-certified operators will be provided in each of the boats.

This course is designed for:

  • industry personnel
  • contractors
  • government personnel who are responsible for responding to spills in surface water (rivers, lakes, sloughs)

Course participants are provided with the information and hands-on experience that will enable them to effectively contain and recover an oil spill into surface water environments that require working from a jet boat or barge. The course includes information on spill response techniques and equipment deployment options for various environmental and climatic conditions. 

Students will review containment and recovery techniques for both flowing and stagnant water bodies in the classroom for the first half-day, and the other day and a half will be spent working on a lake and a large river. They will work with various pieces of equipment required to safely contain and recover hydrocarbon in surface water. The equipment will include:

  • Single engine jet boats
  • Twin engine Barge with Advancing Bow Skimmer (video & discussion)
  • BoomVane (video & discussion)
  • Various anchors, chain and ropes
  • Marker buoys
  • Inflatable lake boom
  • Standard fast water river boom





Date October 6 - 7, 2021
Location Nisku, AB
Cost $1450
What to bring pen / pencil
Pre-requisite SR100 
Strongly recommended minimum ICS 100, some experience with a minimum of 3 hydrocarbon spills to water bodies
Maximum class size 30

This dynamic two-day course is the final step in the Spill Responder series and is based on the role of the Incident Commander at an oil spill.  The course content will help better to prepare individuals for the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) and the Incident Command Post (ICP).  

This training is intended for:

  • senior company personnel
  • environmental / spill response consultants
  • individuals expected to manage a spill response 
  • individuals expected to operate as an Incident Commander at spill response exercises

The training will explore the necessary steps to take in order to bring a spill response from the emergency phase to the operational phase.  Modules included in this training:

  • Spill Preparedness, Initial Response and Safety
  • Regulator Expectations at a spill
  • Incident Command & Facility Management
  • Containment & Recovery
  • SCAT Planning
  • Wildlife Management
  • Water Quality and Sampling
  • Communications Management
  • Decontamination and Waste Management

Case studies and workshops are included. This is an industry-taught training course, with Subject Matter Experts available to discuss specific details of lessons learned from previous spills.