OSHA Instructor Qualifications

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      In order to qualify to become an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) authorized trainer, the candidate must complete two courses, in addition to meeting work experience and/or college education requirements. In order to continue to qualify as an OSHA-authorized trainer, candidates must also participate in continuing education. Trainer qualification requirements are divided into two categories, based on whether the instructor will be training in the construction industry, or the general industry (other than construction).

    Safety Experience

    • All OSHA-certified trainers must have five years of safety experience. For construction trainer candidates, the experience must specifically be in the area of construction safety. Any of the following can be substituted for two years of safety experience:

      •College degree in occupational safety and health

      •Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation

      •Certified Industrial Hygienist designation (CIH)

    Course 510 or 511

    • Depending on whether general industry or construction industry training authorization is sought, Course 510 or Course 511 is required. Course 510 (Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry) is required for the construction industry. For all other industries, Course 511 (Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry) is required. Each of these courses is 10 hours in duration, and covers the OSHA policies, procedures, and industry standards. Most hazardous areas are the primary focus of the course.

    Course 500 or 501

    • Depending on whether general industry or construction industry training authorization is sought, Course 500 or Course 501 is required. Course 500 (Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry) is required for the construction industry. For all other industries, Course 501 (Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry) is required. These courses focus on actual teaching techniques and visual aides for conveyance of course information. Course 510 and 511 are prerequisites for Course 500 and Course 501 respectively.

    Continuing Education

    • OHSA training certification is good for four years. In order to maintain training certification, continuing education courses are required for an additional four-year renewal period. For construction industry certified trainers, Course 502 (Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers) is required. For all other industries, Course 503 (Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers) is required.

      All training courses can be taken online, or in person at local OSHA Training Institute and OSHA Training Institute Education Centers nationwide. The courses are one week long.

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