Becoming an OSHA Authorized Trainer for General Industry 10- and 30- Hour Training

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I recently became an OSHA Authorized Trainer for General Industry 10- and 30-hour training.

Wonder how that happens? Curious about doing it yourself? I’ve explained how it works below.

First, you apply to an OSHA Education Center (the one where you want to take the following courses). I applied at the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center, which is associated with the University of Washington and their School of Public Health.

Next, you’ve got to take and successfully complete OSHA Course #511, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry. I wrote about taking this course here.

And then, you’ve got to take OSHA Course #501, Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry.

I took both of the courses with the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center and with instructor Harvey McGill, who was great. It’s also worth pointing out that I learned a TON from my classmates in both classes as well.

In both courses, I was required to pass a knowledge-based final examination. In addition, in the “Trainer” course, I had to lead a short, sample training session. Our instructor selected our topic for us; mine was safety and health programs, and I stuck to some tips from the new OSHA Safety and Health Management Program Guidelines for this.

If you’d like to do the same, I encourage you to go for it. And feel free to write me with any questions you may have.

Finally, thanks to the good folks at the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center, to my instructor Harvey McGill, and all my co-students.

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Jeff Dalto, Senior Learning & Performance Improvement Manager
Jeff is a learning designer and performance improvement specialist with more than 20 years in learning and development, 15+ of which have been spent working in manufacturing, industrial, and architecture, engineering & construction training. Jeff has worked side-by-side with more than 50 companies as they implemented online training. Jeff is an advocate for using evidence-based training practices and is currently completing a Masters degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. He writes the Vector Solutions | Convergence Training blog and invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn.

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