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Is there an age requirement for the OSHA 10?

No. There is no minimum age requirement to participate in OSHA 10 Outreach Training Program classes.

How do I get a replacement OSHA 10 Hour card?

OSHA does not maintain student records for training conducted by other organizations or by authorized Outreach trainers. In order to obtain transcripts or copies of course completion documents such as student course completion cards, you must contact the original training provider. Please note that replacement student course completion cards for OSHA 10 Hour Outreach Training Program classes cannot be issued for training completed more than three years ago. Only one replacement card may be issued per student per class, and a fee may be charged by the Authorizing Training Organization to replace a course completion card. (Outreach Training Program Requirements section VI.E.(2))

Do you have to be employed to take the OSHA 10 Hour Course?

No. Although the OSHA 10 Hour Training Program Requirements refer to training being targeted for workers, participants of OSHA 10 Hour Outreach Training Program classes are not required to be employed.

If I have trained a student in a 10-hour course, can I provide the student 20 additional hours and receive a 30-hour card?

Yes, trainers may do this under the following conditions: the same trainer must conduct all of the training, all the training must be completed (from the start of the OSHA 10 Hour class, to the end of the 30-hour class) within six months, and the student must return the OSHA 10 Hour card to the trainer, who must then return the 10-hour card to the issuing Authorizing Training Organization (ATO) in order to receive the 30-hour card.

Please note that the purpose of surrendering the 10-hour card is to accurately reflect the level of training a student has received. Simultaneous possession of both a 10- and 30-hour card may inaccurately imply that the student has received a total of 40 hours of training. For this reason, the trainer is required to collect the original 10-hour card from the student and return it to the issuing ATO along with a new Outreach Training Program Report to be issued a 30-hour course completion card.

What information is covered in the class?

The OSHA 10 hour outreach courses provide basic awareness training on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of workplace hazards. The course also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and filing a complaint.

The 30-hour outreach courses provide a greater depth and variety of training on an expanded list of topics associated with workplace hazards in each industry. OSHA provides authorized trainers procedures for each industry program on the topic outlines for each industry.

Will I receive a certificate of completion for my OSHA 10 Hour class?

Individuals that successfully complete an OSHA 10 Hour  Outreach Training Program class receive a student course completion card. Please note that there is no program requirement for trainers to issue any other form of course completion documentation. Outreach trainers are encouraged to provide training certificates to students at the end of the training class to help students provide verification that they completed the training prior to receiving their student course completion card. Acceptance of a training certificate instead of a student course completion card is at the discretion of the employer or job site. If you need a completion certificate please ask the instructor on the first day of class.

Refund Policy

Students who attend class  and do not pay online may request a refund at any time prior to any temporary or permanent card issuance. If you pay in advance your fee is non-refundable.  You may reschedule a class at your convenience.

Does OSHA require the 10- and 30-hour courses?

No, they are voluntary. OSHA recommends outreach courses as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers. However, some states like New York have enacted laws mandating the training. Also, some employers, unions, organizations or other jurisdictions may also require this training.

How do I Verify an Authorized Trainer Card?

An individual who completes an OSHA 10 outreach trainer course is provided an OSHA authorized trainer card. This card indicates the expiration date of the trainer’s authorization. If the authorized trainer who issued the OSHA Outreach student course completion card wishes to verify the authenticity of their own authorized trainer status, the trainer can provide their OSHA trainer card, which will include the name and phone number of the authorizing training organization. The authorizing training organization can verify the status of the trainer. Please note that in most cases, the authorizing training organization is an OSHA Training Institute Education Center.

I believe I have encountered fraudulent activity on training related to the OSHA 10 Outreach Training Program. How do I report this?

Write to outreach@dol.gov or call the outreach fraud hotline at 847-297-4810 to file complaints about program fraud and abuse. Provide all pertinent information, including the trainer’s name, the date of training, the location of the training, the type of training (Construction, General Industry, Maritime, Disaster Site Worker), and whether it was to cover 10 or 30 hours. Include any other relevant information including your name and contact information. Please note that OSHA will maintain the confidentiality of the person providing the information.