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Enhance your organization’s screening practices to maximize participation, protection, and privacy for your volunteers, staff, and clients.

VSP Education and Training is here to help.


With support from the Government of Alberta, the Volunteer Screening Program (VSP) includes education and training opportunities for Alberta’s nonprofit sector. Enhance the work you are currently doing, maximize volunteer engagement strategies in your organization, and support a deeper understanding of volunteer screening practices.

Participate in a workshop, webinar, or forum, and access our free tools, templates, and other resources to help your organization be efficient and effective in your screening practices.

10 Steps to Screening Video and Webinars

Learn about the “10 Steps to Screening” and how to implement these steps within your organization to enhance volunteer screening practices. This video will provide an overview of the following topics:

  • Learn about the important steps in the screening process
  • Learn how to plan for hiring a volunteer and implementing the important steps in the hiring process
  • Begin to identify ways to scale these steps for your organization

Watch for the download icon for opportunities to access additional resources from our sidebar!

Still have questions? Register for a free, upcoming 10 Steps to Screening webinar to participate in live question and answer with knowledgeable Volunteer Alberta Staff. 

Volunteer Screening Forums

Volunteer Screening and Engagement Forum are delivered in-person across the province. Explore the issue of volunteer screening and the impact of police information checks on volunteer engagement in Alberta.

The forums include a workshop version of our webinar, Screening Volunteers In. Not Out., as well as a stewardship dialogue and strategic thinking session related to the issue of volunteer screening, engagement, and police information checks.

We look at the issue through the “three P’s of screening” – participation, protection, and privacy. Using a systems thinking approach and iceberg model, we dive deep into underlying mindsets that inform volunteer screening. We explore the big picture of volunteer screening and the role that we, as nonprofit leaders, play to engage in meaningful dialogue, uncovering new considerations, and helping to guide discussions about what is important in volunteer screening and management.

Check out upcoming forums or connect with us to schedule a forum for your community.

Additional Learning

For additional screening-related learning, check out upcoming dates for our webinar Screening Volunteers In. Not Out.

FREE Templates & Resources

Download these resources, guides, templates, and tools to help develop effective screening practices. 

10 Steps to Volunteer Screening

Volunteer Canada Handbook

Volunteer Screening

10 Steps to Screening Highlights

Volunteer Position Descriptions

How to Create a Position Description

Position Description Template

Position Description Example


Volunteer Screening Rules of Thumb

Nonprofit Insurance Rules of Thumb

Screening During a Pandemic Rules of Thumb

Sharing Volunteers Rules of Thumb

Sharing Volunteers: A Conversation Guide

Is a Police Information Check the Only Way?

VSPN Volunteer Letter – SAMPLE

Volunteers and the Law In Alberta (2007)

Screening Worksheet – Is a Police Information Check Necessary?

Screening Worksheet Template

Screening Worksheet Examples

Hospice Client Support Volunteer

Swimming Assistant Volunteer

Meals on Wheels Volunteer

Volunteer Screening Terms and Definitions

Important Terms and Definitions

Risk Assessment Matrix

How to Evaluate Risk – Assessment Matrix

Screening Policy Workbook

Screening Policy Workbook

Financial Support

Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Waiver

Volunteer Screening Development Grant

Additional Information and Resources

Volunteer Canada Screening Information and Resources

Alberta Police Information Check Disclosure Procedures

The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement – Values, Guiding Principles, and Standards of Practice

The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement – Audit Tool

Charity Village – ‘Criminal record checks: A valuable screening tool or a barrier to volunteering?’




















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