The Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center offers the classes required to become an OSHA-authorized Outreach Trainer

Professionals with five-plus years of health and safety work experience in their industry are eligible to become OSHA-authorized outreach trainers who are able to teach OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour courses in construction, maritime and general industry. 

Experienced construction and general industry outreach trainers may further qualify as Disaster Site Worker Outreach Trainers, authorized to teach the 7-hour and 15-hour Disaster Site Worker course. 

Trainers may tailor courses to the specific needs of a company or worker group (within OSHA training curriculum requirements) and may request OSHA cards for their students. 

Learn about becoming an OSHA-authorized Outreach Trainer for:

Construction

To become an outreach trainer for the construction industry, you must have at least five years of construction industry safety experience and successfully complete OSHA 500. 

Required courses 

OSHA #510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry 

length: 4 days | contact hours: 26 
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OSHA #500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry

length: 4 days | contact hours: 26 
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Prerequisites 

In order to enroll in OSHA 500, you must:

  • Successfully complete OSHA 510 within seven years prior to taking OSHA 500.
  • Have five years of substantive construction industry safety experience. A bachelor’s degree (or higher) specifically in occupational safety and health, and/or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) credentials may be substituted for two years of safety-related work experience.
  • Complete a Prerequisite verification form (PVF)

All students are required to submit a prerequisite verification form (PVF) prior to registering for OSHA 500. The PVF form can be found on the course registration page. We encourage applicants to submit their PVFs early to make sure they qualify for the trainer course. Applicants must provide detailed information about their safety responsibilities relating to safety oversight, management or instruction in the construction industry. You will need to describe in detail your specific construction safety work experience (leadership, program management, construction safety standards, remediation tasks, etc) for each job you describe on the PVF. Be sure to address construction safety specific work experience. Working safely and taking safety training classes is not adequate CS work experience.

Maintaining active trainer status

To remain an active outreach trainer, you must renew your trainer card every four years by taking OSHA # 502 Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers. If you do not successfully complete OSHA 502 before your trainer card expires, you will be required to retake OSHA 500 and meet all of the prerequisites prior to enrolling (including successful completion of OSHA 510 within the past seven years). 

General Industry

To become an outreach trainer for general industry, you must have at least five years of general industry safety experience and successfully complete OSHA 501. 

Required courses 

OSHA #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry

length: 4 days | contact hours: 26 
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OSHA #501 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry

length: 4 days | contact hours: 26 
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Prerequisites 

In order to enroll in OSHA 501, you must:

  • Successfully complete OSHA 511 within seven years prior to taking OSHA 501.
  • Have five years of substantive general industry safety experience. A bachelor’s degree (or higher) specifically in occupational safety and health, and/or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) credentials may be substituted for two years of safety-related work experience.
  • Complete a Prerequisite verification form (PVF)

All students are required to submit a prerequisite verification form (PVF) prior to registering for OSHA 501. The PVF form can be found on the course registration page. We encourage applicants to submit their PVFs early to make sure they qualify for the trainer course. Applicants must provide detailed information about their safety responsibilities relating to safety oversight, management or instruction in general industry. You will need to describe in detail your specific construction safety work experience (leadership, program management, construction safety standards, remediation tasks, etc) for each job you describe on the PVF. Be sure to address construction safety specific work experience. Working safely and taking safety training classes is not adequate CS work experience.

Maintaining Active Trainer Status

To remain an active outreach trainer, you must renew your trainer card every four years by taking OSHA # 503 Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers. If you do not successfully complete OSHA 503 before your trainer card expires, you will be required to retake OSHA 501 and meet all of the prerequisites prior to enrolling (including successful completion of OSHA 511 within the past seven years). 

Maritime

To become an outreach trainer for the maritime industry, you must have at least five years of maritime industry safety experience and successfully complete OSHA 5400. 

Required courses 

OSHA #5410 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Maritime Industry

length: 5 days | contact hours: 35 
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OSHA #540 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Maritime Industry

length: 4 days | contact hours: 26 
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Prerequisites 

In order to enroll in OSHA 5400, you must:

  • Successfully complete OSHA 5410 within seven years prior to taking OSHA 5400.
  • Have five years of substantive maritime industry safety experience. A bachelor’s degree (or higher) specifically in occupational safety and health, and/or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) credentials may be substituted for two years of safety-related work experience.
  • Complete a Prerequisite verification form (PVF)

All students are required to submit a prerequisite verification form (PVF) prior to registering for OSHA 5400. The prerequisite verification form can be found on the course registration page. We encourage applicants to submit their prerequisite verification forms early to make sure they qualify for the trainer course. Applicants must provide detailed information about their safety responsibilities relating to safety oversight, management or instruction in the maritime industry.

Maintaining Active Trainer Status

To remain an active outreach trainer, you must renew your trainer card every four years by taking OSHA #5402 Update for Maritime Industry Outreach Trainers. If you do not successfully complete OSHA 5402 before your trainer card expires, you will be required to retake OSHA 5400 and meet all of the prerequisites prior to enrolling (including successful completion of OSHA 5410 within the past seven years). 

Disaster site worker

To become a disaster site worker outreach trainer, you must first be an OSHA-authorized outreach trainer for construction or general industry with a minimum of three years of experience as a trainer and successfully complete OSHA 5600. 

Required courses 

OSHA #5600 Disaster Site Worker Trainer Course

length: 4 days | contact hours: 26
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Prerequisites 

In order to enroll in OSHA 5600, you must:

  • Be an authorized outreach trainer for construction or general industry with a current trainer card.
  • Have a minimum of three years of experience as an outreach trainer.
  • Have completed one of the following:
    • A 40-hour (minimum) Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training course within the past five years.
    • Have completed the 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher within the past 12 months.
    • Possess journey-level credentials in a building trade union.

All students are required to submit a prerequisite verification form (PVF) prior to registering for OSHA 5600. The PVF form can be found on the course registration page. We encourage applicants to submit their PVFs early to make sure they qualify for the trainer course. 

Maintaining Active Trainer Status

To remain an active outreach trainer, you must renew your trainer card every four years by taking OSHA #5602 Update for Disaster Site Worker Trainer Course. If you do not successfully complete OSHA 5602 before your trainer card expires, you will be required to retake OSHA 5600 and meet all of the prerequisites prior to enrolling.

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