Here are some of the highlights for this micro-credential:

  • No admission requirements, no application process, no pre-requisites, open to anyone

  • Take up to 90 days to complete the course

  • Learn at your own pace using a computer, tablet or smartphone

  • Receive a certificate of course completion and digital badge for successfully completing the course which can be shared on social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter), downloaded as a PDF, or even embedded in an email signature

  • Partnered with an industry expert, EngWorks, to develop and deliver this micro-credential to you.


In partnership with EngWorks, learners enrolled in this 15-hr self-directed online micro-credential will gain comprehensive insights into explosion hazards, including identifying hazardous areas, understanding classifications, and recognizing the consequences of ignition events. The course covers various protection concepts and technologies like Explosion-proof, Flame-proof, Increased Safety, and Intrinsic Safety, alongside specific Canadian Electrical Code requirements for product certification, wiring methods, and sealing. This holistic approach equips learners with the knowledge and skills necessary for code compliance and occupational and safety practices in hazardous locations.

Learners who successfully complete the course will earn a digital badge and certificate of course completion that can be downloaded and shared via social media. 

You will have access to the course for 90 days to work through the content.


This Hazardous Locations (HazLoc) course is primarily designed for professionals involved in the design, installation, maintenance, and inspection of electrical equipment in hazardous locations. This includes:

  1. Electricians: Skilled tradespeople responsible for installing, troubleshooting, and maintaining electrical systems in hazardous locations.  Their understanding of the course material is crucial for ensuring safe installations in compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code.  
  2. Electrical Engineers and Technicians: Those responsible for designing and implementing electrical systems in areas prone to explosive atmospheres.
  3. Safety and Compliance Officers: Personnel overseeing workplace safety, particularly in industries where explosive gases, dust, or chemicals are present.
  4. Project Managers: Managers overseeing projects in environments like oil and gas, mining, chemical plants, and other industrial settings where understanding of HazLoc standards is crucial.
  5. Maintenance Staff: Workers tasked with maintaining and repairing equipment in hazardous locations, requiring knowledge of safe practices and protection methods.
  6. Inspection and Regulatory Bodies: Inspectors and officials who ensure compliance with safety standards and regulations in hazardous environments.
  7. Industry Professionals: Individuals in sectors like petrochemical, pharmaceutical, energy, and manufacturing, where understanding hazardous environments is essential for operational safety.

Overall, the course is suited for anyone who needs a comprehensive understanding of explosion risks and safety protocols in hazardous locations, ensuring adherence to relevant codes and standards for safe operations.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this micro-credential, you should be able to:

  • 1. Describe explosion hazards including hazardous areas, classifications and consequences of ignition events

  • Recognize the different protection concepts and technologies such as, Explosion Proof, Flame Proof, Increased Safety, and Intrinsic Safety

  • 3. Discuss specific Canadian Electrical Code requirements for product certification, wiring methods, and sealing

  • 4. Explain a holistic approach to ensuring code compliance and occupational and safety practices in hazardous locations

Course curriculum

    1. Land Acknowledgement

    2. Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IDEA) Statement

    3. Introduction from Sault College's eLearning Department

    4. What is asynchronous online self-directed learning?

    5. Learner Resources and Supports

    6. Learner Resources and Supports

    7. Technology Requirements

    8. Privacy and Accessibility Policies

    9. Navigation

    10. Learner Introductions

    11. Discussion Forum: Learner Engagement

    12. Technical Discussion Forum

    13. Frequently Asked Questions

    14. Help & Contact Information

    15. Before we begin...

    1. Overview

    2. Learning Outcomes

    3. Delivery Method

    1. Welcome from Team ENG Works!

    2. EngWorks HazLoc Cheat Sheet PDF

    3. Onboarding Survey

    1. Unit Learning Objectives

    2. Unit 1

    3. Discussion 1: Working in Hazardous Locations with Flammable Gases

    1. Lesson Learning Objectives

    2. Unit 2

    3. Classification Quiz

    1. Lesson Learning Objectives

    2. Unit 3

    3. Protection Concepts Quiz

About this course

  • $350.00

Industry Partner

EngWorks Inc. provides consulting engineering expertise and training in hazardous locations. We specialize in the classification of hazardous locations for facilities handling flammable gas/vapours and/or combustible dusts. We are experienced in both the IEC Zone and the NEC Division method of classification. EngWorks provides services to companies in oil and gas, petrochemical, manufacturing, mining, water treatment, food processing and wood products industries. We support the safe design, installation and operations of facilities in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Electrical Code Standards.

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