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Certified Occupational Safety Specialist® (COSS) is an intense, curriculum-based program that caters to the needs of the beginning safety practitioner, as well as to the experienced safety professional. The course consists of 40 hours of hands-on, face-to-face learning, delivered by an OSHA 500/501 Authorized Outreach Training Provider. The course is designed to equip workers with the core competencies they must master to be successful in occupational safety & health. Case studies and workshops are used extensively to bring learning objectives into focus. Guest speakers from areas such as OSHA and other governmental agencies are sometimes used to enhance the learning experience. Students are scored on their daily quizzes, practical reviews, their 10 minute safety presentation that they develop and present to the class, and a comprehensive final exam. All of these things allow the students to demonstrate their competency in the class.

The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) is the certifying body for construction education for colleges, universities and technical/trade schools. COSS is the only non-degreed program to receive a national endorsement from ACCE.

The COSS course is offered nationwide at over 13 locations.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist will be able to:
  • Identify and mitigate hazards
  • Meet OSHA's recordkeeping requirements
  • Understand OSHA's "competent person" requirements
  • Conduct a job safety analysis
  • Use effective communication skills to enhance safety and leadership
  • Coordinate safety at multiple worksites
  • Write an excellent safety & health plan
  • Win management's commitment on safety initiatives
  • Run effective safety committees
  • Conduct an accident investigation
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a safety program
  • And much, much more