Occupational Safety & Health Training
OSHA Program FAQ
1. What courses do you offer to become an OSHA trainer?
- OTI 510 = For workers new to safety and health standards in the construction industry
- OTI 500 = For those workers in the construction industry who want to become authorized outreach trainers
- OTI 502 = For maintaining construction industry trainer authorization every four years
- OTI 511 = For workers new to safety and health standards in the general industry
- OTI 501 = For those workers in the general industry who want to become authorized outreach trainers
- OTI 503 = For maintaining general industry trainer authorization every four years
2. Do I need to satisfy BOTH prerequisites before I can take the OTI 500 (Construction) or OTI 501 (General Industry) trainer course?
Yes. Both prerequisites are required.
3. How can I prove my work experience to meet the prerequisites?
OSHA requires all persons interested in attending the OTI 500 and OTI 501 trainer courses to submit the following prerequisite verification form, along with their resume and proof of completing the prerequisite course. Instructions are provided on the following form:
4. Does my work experience have to be in the "safety and health" field?
Yes, your experience must be specific to safety and health field with a working understanding of the OSHA standards relevant to the industry (Construction or General Industries).
1. How soon after taking the trainer course can I teach the 10- or 30-hour course(s)?
Immediately, provided you passed the test and received your authorized trainer card.
2. I already have my trainer card and want to teach a course. What do I do?
Look in your trainer manual under the Outreach Training tab.
3. I've just taught an outreach course and want to issue cards to my students. What do I do?
Effective January 1, 2013, all card requests are submitted online. A trainer must be registered on the website to submit a course report. If not registered, access the following website: https://outreachtrainer.gatech.edu, click the 'Register' button located at the top right-hand side of the webpage. You will NOT be able to log in until your registration is approved and an email will be sent to you once your registration is approved. After your registration is approved, log into the website and create the course report. You will pay for the student cards on the same website. Student Cards cost $5 each. If you have questions or have problems accessing the website, email Karen Bartley at: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 404-407-8363 and someone will contact you as soon as possible during business hours.
4. My trainer card expired. How can I get it renewed?
Authorized trainers must take the OTI 502 (Construction) or OTI 503 (General Industry) update courses every four years to maintain their trainer status. There is a 90-day grace period from the expiration date on your trainer card in which to take the update course. If your card has been expired for more than 90 days, you must retake the OTI 500 (Construction) and exam or the OTI 501 (General Industry) and exam to get a new card.
5. I lost my trainer card. Can I get a replacement?
Yes, for a $25 replacement fee. Make your payment online at: https://epay.gatech.edu/C20793_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=156. After making your payment, submit your request to Karen Bartley via email at: email@example.com
6. How much is the fee for student cards? What about the fee for replacement cards (i.e. replacement student cards, replacement trainer cards, or replacement certificates? Where do I provide payment?
Student card fee is $5 per card. Replacement student card fee is $10 per card. Replacement trainer card fee is $25 and replacement certificate fee is $25. Student card payments should be made on the same website that the course report is created. All other payments should be made online here: https://epay.gatech.edu/C20793_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=156.
For a complete list of the steps in the process Click here.
1. How many courses do I need to take to complete a certificate?
- Industrial Safety and Health Certificate: 3 core courses and 3 elective courses
- Construction Safety and Health Certificate: 5 core courses and 1 elective course
- Safety and Health Program Management Certificate: 5 core courses and 1 elective course
- Hazardous Materials Management Certificate: 5 core courses and 1 elective course
- Elective courses used for one certificate may not be used as core courses for another certificate.
- All courses must be taken at Georgia Tech.
- Only one free seminar may be applied as an elective.
2. Do you have to take the courses in any specific order?
No, unless specific course prerequisites require it.
3. Can I apply courses I've taken toward more than one certificate?
Electives may be applied to more than one certificate as electives. However electives taken for one certificate may not be used as core courses for another certificate.
1. Can I take the courses online, or do you have to attend in person?
Currently one course is offered online:
- EST 7000: Scaffolding Safety
2. How does the online course work?
Online course offerings begin on specific dates and end three weeks later. Once you register, you will receive instructions how to access online course material on the start date.
3. Are the courses only taught in Atlanta?
No, Georgia Tech offers select courses at several locations throughout the Southeast.
1. Can Georgia Tech teach OSHA courses at my company facility?
Yes. For more information on bringing our courses to you, contact Myrtle Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-407-8066.
2. My company wants me to be able to train our employees in OSHA safety guidelines. Do you have a course for that?
You may take the OTI 500 and OTI 501 courses to become an authorized outreach trainer. However, OSHA requires that the following prerequisites must be satisfied before registrants are eligible to attend:
OTI 500: Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry
— Five years of construction safety experience (a college degree in occupational safety and health, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation, in the applicable training area may be substituted for two years of experience) AND
— OTI 510 course
OTI 501: Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the General Industry
— Five years of general industry safety experience (a college degree in occupational safety and health, a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation, in the applicable training area may be substituted for two years of experience) AND
— OTI 511 course
3. Does Georgia Tech offer certification courses?
Attendees who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate of completion, but is not considered “certified”. However, Georgia Tech does offer several professional certificate programs to help advance your career.
4. Does Georgia Tech offer an Occupational Safety and Health degree program?
No, but we do offer several professional certificate programs to help advance your career.
5. Do these courses provide the Competent Person certification I need for my job?
OSHA no longer uses the term “competent person” as all the OTI courses provide the training needed to meet this requirement.
Who do I contact at Georgia Tech?
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