Becoming an Authorized General Industry Trainer
To become an Authorized Trainer, a person must meet the following two prerequisites, which consist of a training and experience component:
- Five years of general industry safety experience. A college degree in occupational safety and health, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation, in the applicable training area may be substituted for a total of two years of experience); and
- Completion of OSHA course #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the General Industry. Please note that the 30-hour General Industry outreach class is not considered equivalent to course #511. The 30-hour General Industry outreach class is a hazards-based class, which is delivered by OSHA authorized trainers. The OSHA #511 course covers OSHA standards and is only offered through the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) or its OTI Education Centers.
Experience cannot be substituted for the training prerequisite component. OSHA does not issue waivers for these prerequisites. After satisfying the prerequisites a person must complete course #501, Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry. This course includes knowledge and performance-based tests. Trainers must pass both of these tests to become an authorized trainer.
Click here to download the Trainer Prerequisite Form.
To stay current on relevant OSHA matters, authorized Construction outreach trainers are required to attend OSHA course #503 Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers every four years. The OSHA #501 course may also be used to maintain a trainer’s authorized status. If a trainer’s authorization as expired, the trainer has a 90-day grace period after their expiration date to take OSHA #503. The 90-day grace period is designed to allow for unexpected circumstances like course cancellations, illness, and other unavoidable obligations such as jury duty. After the grace period, a trainer’s authorization may only be reinstated by retaking OSHA #501 course, with proof (minimum of a trainer card) of prior authorized construction trainer status within the past 14 years. If a trainer’s authorization has expired, they will be unable to conduct outreach training and receive student completion cards.
Already an Authorized Trainer?
If you are already an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer through the Western Education Center at ASU, you can click here to go to our Outreach Trainer Resource Page. Find training materials, request cards, submit advanced notification of training and more (must be logged in to this site).