My friend John obtains his OSHA 500 Certification

When John first told me he was planning to get an OSHA 500 certification, I became very curious.

I began to research and help him find a suitable education center where he could get his certification.  I found a lot of helpful OSHA information on this website.

I also thought that I could do a blog post to inform other people who could be looking for the same information.

Course Description

This is in essence a course for trainers.

If you want to teach OSHA’s 10 and 30 hour construction classes, then this is the course for you.

The classes focus on construction safety and health, the requirements of the 10 and 30 hour classes.

Emphasis is also placed on hazardous topics in the construction industry.

The participants will learn effective approaches to instruction, training techniques, and adult learning principles.

You will also learn to clearly define, explain and identify hazards in the construction industry.

On getting an OSHA certification, you will become a trainer in the Outreach Program. You will conduct the 10 and 30 hour courses in construction safety and health.

You will also issue completion cards to your students.

Prerequisites for the OSHA 500 Certification

These are the prerequisites for you to receive this certification:

  • OSHA 510 – OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry
  • 5 years of experience in construction safety
  • A college degree in occupational health and safety
  • A certification as a safety professional (CSP)
  • Certification as an Industrial Hygienist (can be substituted with 2 years of experience)

Before you begin your classes, you need to submit a prerequisite eligibility form and a copy of your OSHA 510 certificate.

Prior training experience will also come in handy as you begin these classes.


There are a number of options when it comes to registration:

  • Online registration (pay via check, purchase order, or credit card)
  • Registration via mail (download the form from the education center’s website)

If you register as a group of 6 or more, you will receive a discount (in some education centers). Look for people who are interested in taking up the course and register together.


For you to become an authorized trainer, you need to prepare for and present an OSHA construction outreach topic that you will be assigned.

A laptop will be very useful when it comes to preparation of your presentations. Bring one to class.

You also need to pass a written exam.

On-site training

Some centers also offer training at your facility (on-site training). This option entails customizing the course to suit an organization’s needs.

There will be an assessment of organizational needs and goals to enable the tailoring of a suitable curriculum.

The advantages of this option include:

  • Reducing the amount of time members of staff spend away from work
  • Accommodation of various shifts and schedules
  • Allowing for the immediate transfer of training to the workplace.
  • The members of staff will still be subject to entry requirements, and testing.

Benefits of OSHA

When you get your training from OSHA training centers, you are assured of coursework and techniques that are governed by a larger body.

The safety professionals not only follow the coursework, but also bring their real world experiences, and latest information to the classroom.


You are now armed with information about the OSHA 500. You can join people like my friend John who recently obtained his certification.