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OSHA Training FAQs

Do you have questions about our OSHA Outreach training courses or other online OSHA training courses? Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below. If you can't find the answer you are looking for, please contact our support team.

General Questions

Which OSHA training course should I take?

If your state or employer requires you to have an official OSHA card from the U.S. Department of Labor, you will need to complete OSHA Outreach training.

We offer the following Outreach courses:

You should select a course that best matches your job description and industry. OSHA 10-hour training is designed for entry-level workers, and OSHA 30-hour training is intended for supervisors or workers who have some safety responsibilities.

Construction training is appropriate for workers in the construction industry, and general industry training is for workers in any industry other than construction, maritime or agriculture. If you are not sure which course to take, ask your employer to help you determine which Outreach course is most applicable to your position and the types of hazards you will encounter at the job site.

OSHA-authorized training is not available in Spanish, but we offer a 10-hour hazard recognition course for Spanish-speaking construction workers that covers the same content as Outreach training. Instead of an official OSHA card, this course provides a course completion certificate and an OSHA Education Center wallet card.

Do the courses cover OSHA standards?

Yes. Each OSHA course is designed to present all relevant OSHA standards, regulations and hazard awareness techniques and is updated with any changes to these requirements. You can be sure you are receiving accurate, up-to-date information in our courses.

How do I become OSHA-certified?

According to OSHA, an official OSHA card is not considered a certification or license. The administration does not certify workers, so you cannot become OSHA-certified. However, you can complete a 10- or 30-hour Outreach training course to earn an official OSHA card from the U.S. Department of Labor.

If I take 10-hour training, can I upgrade to 30-hour training?

Unfortunately, OSHA training hours cannot be combined or upgraded. To receive an official 30-hour OSHA card, you will need to purchase and complete a 30-hour training course.

Do I have to take the online training in one sitting?

No, you can complete the training at your own pace and log on and off as needed.

How quickly can I finish the course?

By regulation, students can spend no more than 7.5 hours per day in training. It will take at least two days to complete 10-hour training and at least four days to complete 30-hour training. Once a student finishes 7.5 hours of training in one day, he or she cannot continue training until the next calendar day.

Are there any materials I need to take the course?

The course and exam are 100% online. We offer printable PDFs that help you review the course material and prepare for the final.

When can I start?

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation at the email address you provided during registration. You can sign into your course any time using this email or log in directly from our home page.

What if I have questions about the material?

We provide every student direct access to an OSHA-authorized course trainer who can respond to any questions concerning the course and OSHA regulations.

I am experiencing technical problems. What do I do?

We provide 24/7 customer support for our courses. Simply contact our customer support team and we will assist you!

Where can I find OSHA regulations?

We provide OSHA standards books for the construction industry and general industry. Click here to learn more or place your order.

OSHA Outreach Training Questions

What is OSHA Outreach Training?

The OSHA Outreach Training Program teaches workers how to identify and avoid common safety and health risks in the workplace. We provide OSHA-authorized Outreach training to workers in construction and general industry. The 10-hour courses are designed for entry-level workers, and 30-hour courses are for supervisors or workers with safety responsibilities.

Can I take OSHA Outreach training outside of the United States?

No. You must complete OSHA Outreach training in the United States, and you will need a U.S. mailing address to receive an official OSHA card. You can complete Outreach training from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and certain U.S. territories and commonwealths within OSHA's geographic jurisdiction.

Locations outside of the United States where you can take OSHA Outreach training include:

  • Puerto Rico
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Wake Island
  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands
  • Johnston Island

If you live outside of OSHA's jurisdiction and register for Outreach training, you will be prompted to enroll in an equivalent international safety training course. These courses cover the same workplace safety topics as Outreach training, but they do not provide an official OSHA card upon completion. In its place, you will receive a printable certificate of completion and an OSHA Education Center wallet card.

Is there an age requirement to participate in Outreach training?

No, OSHA does not place a minimum age requirement on Outreach training.

Will this course satisfy training requirements in the state of New York?

Only actively proctored online courses may be used as a component to meet New York City training requirements. At this time, the New York Department of Buildings has stated that OSHA-authorized online courses – including the Outreach training courses available on our site — meet active proctor requirements.

Will this course satisfy training requirements in the state of Nevada?

Our OSHA-authorized Outreach courses are accepted in the state of Nevada. Learn more about OSHA training requirements in Nevada.

When will I receive my OSHA card?

Upon completing OSHA-authorized Outreach training, you can immediately print an official certificate of completion that you can provide to your employer. Within 90 days of completing the course, you will receive an official OSHA card from the U.S. Department of Labor.

OSHA Education Center strives to provide the fastest possible turnaround for card delivery, and students typically receive their cards two to four weeks after completing the course. Because the cards must be processed and printed at official locations, delivery cannot be expedited at this time.

What does an official OSHA card look like?

Graduates of OSHA Outreach training will receive a wallet-sized OSHA card made of durable plastic. The front of the card features the student's name, the trainer's name, the name of the training course completed and a unique card number. The reverse side has your trainer's contact information and a QR code that can be scanned for authentication.

The card's color will differ depending on your industry and the Outreach course you completed. You can view images of each official OSHA card on the OSHA website. We provide the latest versions of the cards, which the U.S. Department of Labor started issuing after Feb. 29, 2016.

Will my OSHA card expire?

No. OSHA Outreach cards issued upon completion of our construction and general industry courses do not expire, but your course graduation date will be printed on the card.

Can you provide a replacement copy of my OSHA card?

OSHA does not keep training records, but course providers can issue replacement OSHA cards. If you have completed Outreach training with OSHA Education Center within the last five years, we can provide one replacement card. A card replacement fee of $45.00 will apply. To learn more or review your card replacement options, please contact our support team.

Hazard Recognition Training Questions

What is OSHA hazard recognition training?

Hazard recognition training consists of 10- and 30-hour courses that cover important OSHA regulations and hazard identification techniques for the construction industry or general industry. This training is ideal for workers who do not qualify for OSHA Outreach training, including those who live outside of OSHA's jurisdiction and those who need to complete their courses in Spanish.

While hazard recognition training covers the same topics as Outreach training, it is not OSHA-authorized and does not provide an official OSHA card upon completion. Instead, you will receive a completion certificate and an OSHA Education Center wallet card.

What hazard recognition training courses are available?

We provide 10- and 30-hour hazard recognition training for international workers in general industry and the construction industry. We also offer 10-hour training for Spanish-speaking workers in the construction industry.

When will I get my completion certificate and wallet card?

After you have successfully completed hazard recognition training, you can immediately download your certificate of completion. This serves as temporary proof of course completion until your OSHA Education Center wallet card arrives in the mail.