How to Get OSHA Certification for Course

by J. Johnson ; Updated September 26, 2017
To comply with OSHA's standards, a company must eliminate all unnecessary hazardous materials.

OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is part of the United States Department of Labor. OSHA ensures that all companies supply workers with a safe and healthy environment during work hours. All companies must comply with OSHA's standards, such as eliminating all hazardous materials from the employees' work environment and helping to prevent work-related injuries and accidents. OSHA also offers certifications for various fields, such as industrial hygiene, construction and general industry.

Decide which OSHA certificate you'd like to receive. Visit the OSHA Certificate and Degree Programs page (see Resources) to view a list of available certificates. Some examples of OSHA certificates you can receive include Construction Safety & Health Specialist, Advanced Certificate in Safety & Health, Disaster Site & Emergency Response & Planning, and Hazardous Materials Management. You can take courses at the certificate level or as part of an associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree program.

Choose the certification you'd like to receive. Each certificate will typically involve taking several core courses and usually additional elective courses, all of which you can find at training centers located around the United States. See Resources for a list of centers.

Find the "Contact" category in the certificate information. A contact name, along with an email address or phone number, will usually be supplied. Contact that person to sign up for the certificate program. Make a note of the place, times and dates.

Attend all of the required courses for the certification program you choose. Upon satisfactory completion of the courses, you will receive an OSHA certificate or certificate of completion.

Complete an online certificate program if you're unable to travel to take the courses required. You can find a list of available online course offerings through the OSHA Course Offerings page.

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