How to Become a Certified OSHA Trainer

How to Become a Certified OSHA TrainerOne of the most common questions we receive at the OSHA Training Center is “How do I become certified by OSHA?” or “How do I become a certified OSHA trainer?”  While you can’t actually become a “Certified” OSHA trainer as OSHA doesn’t certify trainers or training programs, OSHA does offer outreach training program courses, which allows qualified individuals to become an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainers in a variety of industries, including construction, general industry, maritime, Cal/OSHA, and disaster site worker.

How do I become an OSHA Outreach Trainer?

You must complete three steps to become an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer:

  1. Have safety experience in your industry ranging from 3-5 years
  2. Complete the OSHA Standards Course for your industry
  3. Complete the OSHA Trainer Course for your industry

The OSHA Training Center has developed a tool to help you quickly determine which courses are required to teach the OSHA Outreach Program for your industry.  Whether you are seeking to teach the 10-hour or 30-hour courses for construction, general industry, maritime, Cal/OSHA, or disaster site workers the OSHA Training Center’s 3 Steps to Becoming an OSHA Outreach Trainer tool provides the answers to your questions.

What is the OSHA Outreach Program?

The OSHA Outreach Training Program was initiated in 1971, and is designed to provide workers with training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of workplace hazards.  The Outreach Program is OSHA’s primary vehicle for training the U.S. workforce and has grown in popularity in recent years, over 3.5 million workers have been trained in OSHA 10-hour and OSHA 30-hour safety training courses between 2005-2010.  Visit our website under Outreach Program for additional information about OSHA’s Outreach Program.

Where can I receive the training to become an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer?

The OSHA Training Center offers all of OSHA’s courses that are required to become an Outreach Trainer throughout California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and Guam.  Detailed information about courses required to become an Outreach Trainer can be found at the following links:

Construction Industry Required Courses

General Industry Required Courses

Maritime Industry Required Courses

Cal/OSHA Construction Industry Required Courses

Cal/OSHA General Industry Required Courses

Disaster Site Preparedness Required Courses (available only for current OSHA Outreach Trainers)

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Comments

  1. Agapito Moreno says:

    I need information on classes to become a Osha for the electrical trade. I have 18 years experience in the res. and commercial field. I am hold a license in Texas(journeyman) and Arkansas(master) I am familiar and have completed the for the Osha 30. I would appreciate any info. I am also biligual U.S. citizen. There is a great need for bilingual instructors here in our region. Thank you. Agapito Moreno

  2. Andrew Osagiede says:

    Please how can I get certified as OSHA trainer here in Nigeria.

    • OSHA Outreach Trainers are certified for U.S. audiences, as OSHA only has jurisdiction over U.S. territory. However, you can attend any train the trainer class in the U.S. and become certified to teach OSHA classes anywhere you like – some of the information may not be pertinent (regarding regulations, etc.) but most of the information is internationally important.

      OSHA Education Centers are located throughout the U.S. Here is a link to find one that works best for you: https://www.osha.gov/dte/edcenters/map.html

      If you’re coming to California, come to one of our classes! Here’s a link to our class schedule: http://osha4you.com/courses/classes-by-date

  3. Jigyasa Shirke says:

    Hi,
    I am a freelance trainer and also pursuing M.Tech environmental engineering final semester in India.
    Can I become OSHA outreach certified trainer? If so, how?
    Regards,
    Jigyasa Shirke

    • Mr. Shirke, I just answered a similar question to the poster before you. Here it is again for your information:

      OSHA Outreach Trainers are certified for U.S. audiences, as OSHA only has jurisdiction over U.S. territory. However, you can attend any train the trainer class in the U.S. and become certified to teach OSHA classes anywhere you like – some of the information may not be pertinent (regarding regulations, etc.) but most of the information is internationally important.

      OSHA Education Centers are located throughout the U.S. Here is a link to find one that works best for you: https://www.osha.gov/dte/edcenters/map.html

      If you’re coming to California, come to one of our classes! Here’s a link to our class schedule: http://osha4you.com/courses/classes-by-date

  4. I’m a survivor of an on-the-job 32′ fall onto concrete on 4-2-13. I was working in the fire sprinkler trade when it happened. With my fall experience as well as being a professional improv comedian, I feel my calling to be a safety trainer is a good one. I can get people to pay attention! Wait til they see my X-rays!! Whom do I contact to become certified in Fall Awareness training or similar?

    Thanks,

    Mike Conner
    559-273-6341

    • First of all, Mr. Conner, congratulations on surviving the fall! Holy smokes!
      OSHA Training Institute Education Centers have two types of instructors: Outreach Trainers, who do 10-hour and 30-hour safety classes; and instructors who teach all the other OSHA-numbered classes. The first requirement is that you have to first take any course that you would like to teach, so if you’re interested in specifically fall awareness, OSHA #3115 Fall Protection and OSHA #7405 Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry would be a good place to start. Here is the URL to our website’s A-Z Index for you to find those and other courses: http://osha4you.com/courses/a-z-osha-course-index
      Good luck with your new career!

  5. I currently have both TCEQ Water and Wastewater and have been in the industry as a trainer since 1991. I have a BS degree in Training Development and Design. How do I go about becoming and OSHA Certified Instructor? I live in Houston, TX., are there any training centers in Houston?
    Thanks,
    Gloria Guerra
    832-395-5457

    • Hello Gloria, Yes, we have an OTI Ed. Ctr. at the University of Texas at Arlington, which offers classes in Houston. Please contact them directly regarding becoming an instructor for them.
      The University of Texas at Arlington
      OSHA Education Center
      140 W. Mitchell Box 19197
      Arlington, TX 76010-1801
      (866) 906-9190

      Thank you for your interest,
      Julia Dozier

  6. Jim Mariner says:

    What do I have to do to become an osha trainer I work in the oil drilling industry as well as the fresh water and the waste water industry. We seem to have a big turnover in our company and every time we hire someone new nine times out of time they don’t have their osha card so we have to find someone who they can go to. So in order to save us some headaches I want to be able to do the training in house. Any help and guidance you can give me would be very much appreciated. I don’t have a college degree however I do have a high school diploma. Any way I could really use some help. Thank you in advance

  7. Ashley Reyes says:

    Hi, my question pertains to the work history. Does the required safety experience in a general field have to be work experience that has OSHA training as a requirement?

    • OSHA training is a requirement IN ADDITION TO field/work experience. OSHA does not issue waivers for the trainer course prerequisites. The prerequisites contain separate requirements for experience and training. Experience is not considered a substitute for the training prerequisite. If you believe that your previous training was equivalent to the OSHA standards course required for the industry, you may send a written request for a training equivalency evaluation. You will be required to submit documentation to substantiate your training and curriculum. Written requests for training equivalency evaluation may be sent to:

      Director
      OSHA Office of Training and Educational Programs
      2020 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
      Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4102

  8. Mike Smith says:

    Hello,

    I own a fire service company and I have had a lot of my customers ask me to provide a fire safety class (different types of fires, proper use of fire extinguishers, etc) to satisfy the OSHA requirement for annual training. I have an OSHA-10 card. What additional training do I need in order to offer these classes and be able to present OSHA fire training cards to participants?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Mike,
      There is no OSHA class that is designed specifically for teaching fire extinguisher use. I suggest that you contact your local fire department and see if they have a course.

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