TA and CI Job Training

At the University of Toronto, students working as teaching assistants, teaching laboratory assistants, graders, and instructors are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 3902, Unit 1.

As per the 2021-2023 collective agreement between CUPE 3902, Unit 1 and the University of Toronto, first-time teaching assistants and first-contract Course Instructors shall receive 4 hours and 6 hours of paid job training, respectively.  In addition to the first appointment training, the University shall provide 2 hours of work-related paid training per academic year win which a TA or CI holds at least one appointment. Teaching Assistants or Course Instructors can request additional training, up to 4 hours, for each subsequent appointment.

It is the responsibility of the hiring department to provide job training.  However, the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP) offers a number of services to support departments in meeting this mandate.

PLEASE NOTE: All TATP Training for the Fall 2021 session will be online.

2021-22 TATP Training Information Package (pdf)


First Appointment Training Options for CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Teaching Assistants

Option 1: Departments can develop and deliver the entire 4-hour training session.

Option 2: Departments can refer TAs to the TATP for some or all of their first appointment training. The TATP will be offering the following training options in fall 2021 (dates and times will be posted shorty):

2 hour synchronous sessions: topics covered include key instructional techniques, general online/remote teaching strategies, time management, communicating with students, effective student support, working with your Course Supervisor, etc. The TATP will be offering separate training sessions for online teaching, hybrid teaching, and in-person teaching. Find the schedule and registration on the Online First Appointment Training Page.

Departments can book a 2-hour synchronous training session for their department if they have more than 30 TAs that require first-appointment training. Unlike previous years, these sessions will not be customizable. Departments can choose between online, or in-person/hybrid teaching strategies for this 2-hour session. In order to complete the remaining 2 hours of mandatory paid training, the TATP recommends the 1-hour asynchronous sessions as outlined below. If your department has more than 30 TAs, you can book a departmental training session using the Departmental Training for First-Appointment TAs Request Form.

1-hour asynchronous online modules: All online modules are available for self-enrolment in Quercus.

Online module F.A.Q. for TAs
Online module F.A.Q. for Administrators


First Appointment Training Options for CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Course Instructors

Option 1: Departments can develop and deliver the entire 6 hours of training.

Option 2: Course Instructors can attend the TATP Course Instructor Training Camp to receive all 6 hours of paid training. Course Instructors are eligible to attend training as soon as they have a contract to teach from their hiring department, even prior to the beginning of the term in which they are teaching. The training camp is grouped into two parts: five asynchronous modules and two online webinars. The TATP will be offering separate webinars for online teaching, hybrid teaching, and in-person teaching. For more information on the CI Training Camp, vision the Job Training for Course Instructors webpage.


Additional Work-Related Paid Training for CUPE 3902 Unit 1 TAs and CIs

In addition to the first appointment training for Teaching Assistants and Course Instructors, the University shall provide two hours of work-related paid training per academic year in which they hold at least one appointment. The TATP will be supporting departments in providing this additional training in the following subject areas: pedagogy and inclusive pedagogy; anti-oppression and anti-racism; cultural competency; accommodations and crisis referrals; online course design and management; educational technology. Sessions in these areas will be scheduled for fall 2021, and will be offered as part of our regular workshop series.