Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR)

What is TLR?

TLR stands for Transferring Lifting Repositioning. The TLR program is designed to assist workers with identifying and managing/eliminating risks associated with assisting clients with mobility and moving general objects. TLR includes a thorough assessment process of self, environment/equipment and client/object.  TLR is developed to assist organizations with meeting the minimum requirements of Saskatchewan's Occupational Health and Safety Legislation related to safe client handling and musculoskeletal injuries.

TLR's core concept is: minimal amount of manual effort with the maximum use of equipment.  

The goals of the TLR program include:

  • Improve how employees prepare for and accomplish their work
  • Decrease the frequency of lost time related to musculoskeletal injuries
  • Reduce the severity of lost time related to musculoskeletal injuries
  • To meet the requirements of applicable Occupational Health and Safety Legislation


SARC Has a TLR Instructor who provides the TLR Train-the-trainer and Re-certification courses

It is important that the trainer candidate:

  • Is committed to promoting a safe workplace
  • Is committed to the use of good body mechanics
  • Has the physical ability to demonstrate the physical manoeuvres of the TLR program
  • Is comfortable presenting materials to other, including co-workers
  • Has good communication and motivational skills
  • Their job duties allow for the flexibility to provide TLR
  • Has the ability to disseminate TLR materials 

It is recommended that a TLR Trainer be in a supervisory-type position.    

Once the TLR Train-the-Trainer session is completed, the trainer then returns to the organization and teaches the TLR program to the organization’s staff.

Attendees are required to wear comfortable clothing to the three-day training session as demonstration of maneuvers, transferring, lifting, and repositioning is required.  Please note that there is the chance that clothing may be torn or ripped during training.  Footwear must have a closed toe and be secure to the foot.

Upon successfully completing this course, participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion. Trainers must be re-certified every three years in order to retain their trainer status.

If you are not employed by a SARC Member Agency, please click here to inquire how to go about getting your trainer status.

Fees for TLR are as follows:

SARC Member Agency: Train-the-Trainer $175

  • Travel, accommodations, and meals are not included.
  • Trainer candidates are given their materials at the session.

SARC Member Agency: Re-certification $50

  • Travel, accommodations, and meals are not included.
  • Trainers should bring their TLR manuals with them to the session.

*Attendees who are not employed by a SARC Member Agency must receive permission from SASWH, the owner of the TLR program, to be trained by SARC. If you are not a SARC Member, please click here to be re-directed to the SASWH website.

*By registering for a TLR Train-the-Trainer or Re-Certification session you agree to pay the registration fee listed via credit card or choosing to be invoiced by SARC.

You may cancel your registration up to 5 business days in advance to receive a refund, minus a $15 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued within 5 days of the session. You can substitute another person at no additional charge by calling 306-933-0616 ext. 239.


Lisa Malowany has been involved in the Disability Services Sector since 1989. She is a graduate of the Rehabilitation Worker Program (now called the Disability Support Worker Program) and received her two-year Diploma  from SIAST (now SaskPolytechnic). She is also a graduate of the Leadership Saskatoon Program in 2012-2013.

She has experience in a variety of roles within Community-Based Organizations from Front-line, to management, and has also served on Boards of Directors. Lisa has had the priviledge of working with a wide range of people experiencing disability and what she has learned from them has formed the basis of her career.  Although Lisa no longer works front-line, that front-line experience is at the heart of everything she does and that experience helps to form every decision she makes in her work.

Lisa has worked for SARC since 2002 in various capacities and has been a PART and TLR instructor since 2014. Lisa is SARC's Program Manager and Trainer and is described as a passionate trainer who uses her past experience and knowledge to enhance her training sessions. She loves to tell stories of her past experiences to reinforce learning and bring it to real life. Lisa also believes that you learn when you are having fun, so she uses activities and  humor in her training to help create a positive learning environment.  Lisa has been involved in the creation of many of SARC's Training Programs, including, Positive Behaviour Support, Basic Skills Training, Med Assist, and others. Lisa is SARC's representative on a variety of provincial committees and task teams. This allows her to stay at the forefront of what is happening the Disability Services Sector in our province.

Lisa is married and has two sons. Her family is avid Saskatchewan Roughrider Fans and love camping.


  • Saskatoon: September 18-20, 2018
  • Regina: September 4-6, 2018


  • Saskatoon: May 18, 2018 (Please note date change)
  • Regina: May 15, 2018

To register for a TLR Re-Certification session you must be a current certified TLR Trainer. If your certification has lapsed, you must attend a Train-the-Trainer session again to become certified to train at your organization.

In Saskatoon, the TLR Train-the-Trainer and re-certification sessions will be held at Porteous Lodge/Jubilee Residences. 833 Avenue P North, Saskatoon.

In Regina, the TLR Train-the-Trainer and re-certification sessions will be held at the SASWH Head Office. 852 Albert Street, Regina.


  • May 15, 2018 Regina TLR Re-certification

    May 15, 2018

  • May 18, 2018 Saskatoon TLR Re-certification

    May 18, 2018

  • September 4-6, 2018 Regina TLR Train-the-Trainer

    Sep 04, 2018

  • September 18-20, 2018 Saskatoon TLR Train-the-Trainer

    Sep 18, 2018

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