Becoming an Authorized General Industry Trainer

To become an Authorized Trainer, a person must meet two prerequisites, which consist of a training and experience component: 

  1. Five years of general industry related safety experience. The OSHA Outreach Trainer course prerequisite verification process requires a prospective student to document at least five (5) years of occupational (workplace) safety and health experience in general industry. The workplace experience noted on the form should be detailed in such a way that it is sufficiently broad in scope and application, showing that the applicant possesses the potential to be effective, i.e. teaching a wide variety of safety and health hazards, prevention and mitigation methods to entry level workers and/or workers and supervisors with some safety responsibilities. Safety and health experience need not be full time, but it must be clear that a fair percentage of work time is spent on safety related activities that support the control or elimination of recognized workplace hazards, and enhances well-being of self and co-workers.                                                                                     2 years of experience may be substituted if applicant has a college degree in occupational safety and health, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation, in the applicable training area; and
  2. Completion of OSHA course #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for 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 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.


Update Requirement

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 has expired, the trainer must show that they have taken the OSHA #511 within the last 7 years to qualify for the OSHA #501. 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 OSHA 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).

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