Is WHMIS free?
Is WHMIS free, if by that you mean, can I get information on WHMIS, the answer is yes. There are many government web sites that have information on WHMIS and how to set up a WHMIS program for training your employees on WHMIS.
As an individual you may be looking for WHMIS training or a WHMIS certificate to start a new job or when you are doing contract work. Many employers require that you have this training and will want to see some proof that you have completed the training recently, usually within the past year. And they may want to know how you did the WHMIS training so they can gage whether it is a credible training provider. In this sense the providers that have WHMIS training courses that include testing and issuing a WHMIS certificate do have a fee for them.
As an employer you are most likely looking for training for your employees. In addition to the training materials and a testing process you need to have a way to store the information about when each person was trained and tested, a copy of their test records and have the ability to produce these records if requested. In an online WHMIS training system like SafeAndCertified.com this is managed for you in the Admin module where all your training records are stored electronically for you.
This does not mean that you will not be able to find WHMIS for free somewhere. We do hear that there are some organizations that provide free WHMIS as part of a job retraining program, and some associations have limited seats available in a half day or all day whmis workshop. You can check in your local area for a whmis workshop but with the cost of workshop training increasing there are less of these whmis training options available and most people are using online WHMIS training and testing.
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