How to Become an Authorized 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)



  1. Hello.

    You title this article with “How to Become a Certified OSHA Trainer” but there is no such thing as a “certified” trainer. In fact, OSHA does not allow us to use that term when describing our status as Outreach Trainers.

  2. Hello, is there an Outreach program to teach OSHA 7300?

    • Hello Ron,

      Only qualified instructors teaching through an authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center can teach the OSHA 7300 class. To my knowledge there is nothing specifically addressing the trainer qualifications for Confined Space Entry. However, trainer qualifications are specified in other areas which could be applied here as well.

      Example 1) 29 CFR 1910.178(l)(2)(iii) Powered Industrial Trucks or Example 2) 1910.120(e)(5) HAZWOPER. I suggest you contact your local OSHA office for clarification

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