Training for First-time TAs

We work in partnership with the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP), a tri-campus peer-to-peer training program for any student working as a TA at the University of Toronto.

As per the 2018-2020 collective agreement between CUPE 3902, Unit 1 and the University of Toronto, all new first-time (first-contract) teaching assistants must receive 4 hours of paid job training.  This paid, mandatory job training may not be counted toward a TATP Certificate.

TATP is integrating tutorial training into all training sessions for first-time TAs. Visit the TATP Tutorial Training Options for First-Contract TAs page for more information

First-time TAs have three options for fulfilling mandatory training hours:

  1. attend a Department-arranged Training Session;
  2. attend a Job Training Session for All Disciplines; or
  3. attend Other Training Options.

Department-arranged Training Session

First-time TAs may attend a department-arranged group training session.

Schedule & Attendance Information for First-time TAs:

  • Department-arranged training usually takes place during the week before the first day of class, or up to two or three weeks after a term begins.
  • Your attendance is recorded via sign-in sheet; the facilitator will provide the departmental TA contact or administrator with confirmation of your attendance.

Faculty & Instructors: Contact academicskills.utm@utoronto.ca to request a first-time TA training session for your department.


Job Training Sessions for All Disciplines

If no departmental training session is offered, TATP Job Training provides basic training sessions for first-time TAs in all disciplines.

IMPORTANT Attendance Instructions for First-time TAs:

  1. Before the workshop: ask your department supervisor or TA coordinator to complete and sign the CUPE 3902 Training Request form.
  2. Bring the completed form to the workshop you attend. The workshop facilitator will sign it to confirm your attendance.
  3. After the workshop: return the signed form to your department supervisor or TA coordinator.

TATP Job Training Schedule and Registration:

  • TATP Job Training sessions take place at UTM in September and January.
  • The UTM schedule and regsitration information will be posted here.

Other Training Options

First-time TAs who are unable to attend either of the above training options may fulfill their mandatory training hours by attending TATP pedagogical workshops.

IMPORTANT Attendance Instructions for First-time TAs:

  1. Before the workshop: ask your department supervisor or TA coordinator to complete and sign the CUPE 3902 Training Request form.
  2. Bring the completed form to the workshop you attend. The workshop facilitator will sign it to confirm your attendance.
  3. After the workshop: return the signed form to your department supervisor or TA coordinator.

TATP Workshop Schedule and Registration: