CSU Learn and EHS

What is CSU Learn?

CSU Learn is a learning management system (LMS) provided by SumTotal/Skillsoft and adopted by the California State University. CSU Learn allows each campus to assign and track mandatory compliance training for employees.

The user resources below will assist you with learning more about using CSU Learn for EH&S training. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at sfehs@sfsu.edu. We’re here to help.

For more information about EHS training, topics and compliance requirements, check out the EHS Training web page.

1.  Use Google Chrome or Firefox browser.
Internet Explorer is no longer supported and won’t work. Safari and Edge will work but change browsers if you experience issues, as CSU Learn is not optimized for Safari or Edge.

2.  Disable Pop-up or Ad Blockers.
Pop-up or Ad blockers can result in the course not launching properly which will cause CSU Learn to not recognize that you've completed a training.

3.  Be sure to keep the progress tracking window open while you complete the training.
When you launch a training in CSU Learn, two windows will open: a window with the actual training and a progress tracking window. You MUST keep the progress tracking window open during the entire time you're taking the learning activity or the system will not record that you've completed it.

Open the link to the pdf to view the troubleshooting guide. The table of contents has links to the desired page for each question in the document.

CSU Learn Users:  Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting Guide

The Guide answers questions like those listed below:

  • I can’t log in. What do I do?
  • I finished the course. Why am I still getting notifications to complete it?
  • Can I use a mobile device to take the training?

Additional frequently asked questions can be found in the IT Knowledge Base that answers question like these:

  • I am retired, on leave or have separated from the university, why am I getting an e-mail to take training?
  • Why do I need to register for the training and also click Start to launch the course?

General CSU Learn FAQ  (Information Technology Knowledge Base)

Help Videos for Assigned Training Curricula

Assigned training in CSU Learn is set up as a "curriculum" with one or more learning activities within it. Usually a learning activity (video, presentation, etc.) opens within a player content window. You must close this player window after exiting the activity to save your progress.

Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)

  1. Tutorial -- How to properly exit Activity #1, CSU IIPP Overview (0.49)
  2. Tutorial -- How to properly exit Activity #2, SFSU IIPP Presentation (0.33)


Emergency Action Plan - at SF State (EAP)

(Tutorial Coming Soon)


Hazard Communication Basics (HazCom)

Tutorial -- How to properly exit the HazCom Basics course (0.20)


Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (WVPP)

  • This training assignment has two modules, both must be completed to receive credit for completion.
  • This training asset is owned by CSU's Learning and Development group.

(Tutorial Coming Soon)

EH&S strives to make online learning activities that are assigned to all employees accessible to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.2 to the A or AA standard).

  • Not all all CSU-provided courses currently meet WCAG AA standards, but as training assets are revisited or new ones created, meeting this standard is a high priority for the CSU.
  • There are certain targeted training modules that must meet specific technical training objectives and are only assigned to personnel who will perform specialized tasks. For this reason, all the WCAG 2.2 guidelines may not be met.

Get Help

If you are unable to access the information in your assigned learning, please contact EH&S for assistance. We will try to arrange alternate methods of providing the required information and may consult with Human Resources for the most effective reasonable accommodation for your needs.

If you require additional assistance, please contact Employee Accommodation Services, now part of Human Resources. This office will support faculty and staff.

Effective July 1, 2024, the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) will exclusively support students.

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