After successfully completing the COSS course, you will be designated as a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS). A COSS is a person in the safety and health field who coordinates the successful implementation of corporate safety and health plans; coordinates, and maybe even conducts, safety and health training; and provides support to safety and training managers.
To learn more about the COSS curriculum, and what is covered on a daily basis, please request a Course Outline.
Prerequisites: A high school diploma or equivalent is required to take COSS. COSS is an academically rigorous course that requires nightly reading from a college textbook, daily quizzes, student presentations and a comprehensive written exam. This course, and its materials, is presented in the English language.
In each class, we tend to have a mix of non-experienced safety persons and safety professionals who have been in the safety field for 20+ years. But we have learned that regardless of the number of years of experience our students have in safety, everyone leaves the COSS class with a wealth of knowledge! The Monday Morning Checklist is a tool our students use to reinforce and carry the learning back to work with them. It gives good insight as to what you should be able to do as a result of this training. Request a copy of the Monday Morning Checklist.Back to the Top
In today's fast-paced and diverse workplace, the need for qualified people who are trained in the basic essentials of safety and health, leadership, communication, and regulatory requirements is great. The COSS program is a solution to the increasing need for qualified safety professionals.Back to the Top
The course consists of five 8-hour days, for a total of 40 hours. The class runs Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Students receive multiple breaks throughout the day, as well as a one-hour lunch break each day.Back to the Top
To allow for optimum student to teacher interaction, the COSS course maximum is 20 students per class/per instructor.Back to the Top
We encourage our training providers to make arrangements to provide daily breakfasts, light snacks, drinks, and other refreshments to students during the course of each day. We also encourage the training providers to provide at least one on-site lunch to the students to allow for student networking.Back to the Top
Because the cards have to be requested from the authorizing agency, please allow 5-6 weeks to receive them. It may take up to 4 weeks for the authorizing agency to mail the OSHA cards to the instructor. Once the instructor receives the cards, he or she will process them and mail them to your home address.
Card(s) not received Occasionally, mail may be lost or misrouted. Therefore, if you do not receive your OSHA card(s) within 8 weeks, you must contact your instructor immediately to inquire on the whereabouts of the card(s). Your instructor will be able to issue a complimentary replacement if the request is made within 2 months of your class graduation date. Requests for a replacement card(s) not received within 2 months will fall into the lost or misplaced category (see below).
Lost or misplaced OSHA Card(s) After your instructor has mailed the OSHA card(s) to the home address on file, you will be responsible for keeping up with your card(s). If you have lost or misplaced your card(s), and would like a duplicate, you must submit an OSHA Card Duplicate Request Form to your COSS instructor for a replacement. Any requests made after 2 months of your COSS graduation date will incur an administrative fee of $5 per replacement card requested. You must supply a current address, and payment information (where applicable) on the Duplicate Card Request Form. The replacement fee must be paid in full prior to the instructor requesting new card(s) from his/her authorizing agency. Please allow 4-6 weeks for the delivery of the replacement cards.
The COSS certificate lasts for three years. In order for the certificate to be maintained, certain requirements must be met. Read the requirements.Back to the Top
In developing COSS, we sought to benchmark against the highest of standards. According to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the scope and function of the professional safety person fall into four broad areas.
COSS was audited by two independent agencies and has received national recognition for its rigorous safety standards by both.
Each COSS Authorized Training Provider (ATP) processes their own class registrations and sets their own pricing for COSS classes. Links to registration options can be found on each location's page. Questions regarding class schedules, pricing, lodging or driving directions should be directed to the ATP. General COSS questions can be answered by calling our toll-free number, 877-610-COSS, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to the Top
The COSS course is designed to build core competencies in the field of safety for adult learners. In order to pass the course, an overall minimum score of 70% must be obtained in the course. Also, a minimum score of 70% must be obtained on the final exam. The following criteria will be used to assess your overall score:
You do not need to bring any materials with you to class. Everything you will need will be provided to you on the first day of class in the student kit (see the question below). However, the use of a personal laptop for note taking and/or preparation for your 10-minute safety presentation is optional.Back to the Top
The current COSS instructors are:
Most locations accept cash, check or credit card. Payment assistance options include an installment plan and reimbursement for veterans. Contact the training location for more information or request information on these payment options.Back to the Top
"I took the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist course in July 2002. The course was very informative and helpful. I took with me knowledge that will enhance my safety career. I am an OSHA Safety Consultant Trainee at the Louisiana Department of Labor - Workplace Safety Section. I recommend anyone who is working in the safety field take this course ... [it's] worth its weight in gold."
-Belinda Poche, Louisiana Department of Labor
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