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COSS® Recertification Requirements:

Remember: As a COSS graduate, you must participate in professional development/continuing education activities after your initial COSS certificate is obtained, and you must report such activities every three years. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the loss of your COSS certificate that you worked so hard to earn.

So, don't get behind!

  1. Keep track of your own recertification materials and CEUs/contact hours earned.
  2. At least once a year, review and update your records, CEUs/contact hours claimed and personal information.
  3. Keep all your original documents that verify CEUs or contact hours. You may need them if you are ever audited!

It's important to maintain the necessary safety and health training so you can remain current in your industry.

Recertifications are only accepted during the year of your COSS expiration. Recertifiation for graduates expiring in 2017 will open late Summer or early Fall. You will receive an email notification when the application is available.

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Recertification FAQ's:


Will I receive notices of my recertification due date?
As long as we have a current email address on file for you, you will receive annual reminders. Update your contact information to receive all notices.

How much does it cost to recertify?
You will need to submit a total of $135 in the form of credit card, company check, or money order (personal checks cannot be accepted) for recertification, along with your worksheet and registration form. If your payment is late (post marked past December 31st of your expiration year), a $50 late fee will be assessed.

Why do I have to recertify?
The COSS designation is good for three years. If you want to keep your COSS designation current, you must recertify every three years. If you don’t recertify, you will lose the designation, and will have to retake the entire course over again.

What’s the difference in Contact Hours and CEUs?
Some safety and health classes or seminars that you participate in may not offer official CEUs. In these instances, you will need to accurately record the number of contact hours you spend in the training. For example: If you attended a fall protection seminar at an expo from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., but you were not issued CEUs for the seminar. In this situation, you would count the number of actual hours you were in the training.

How do I document the training if no certificate is provided?
As documentation of your attendance (if documentation is requested by us), you would need to provide a signed roster or attendance sheet and an agenda (or other meeting information) as proof of your attendance.

Do I need to submit supporting documentation with my registration form?
Not unless you are asked to. COSS Management will randomly select 25% of the total Recertification reports that year for audit. Individuals selected will receive a notice that will explain how to submit verification, and when it is due.

What type of courses count towards recertification?
Courses or seminars, from any institution, that focus on safety and health, management, safety course refreshers, web-based safety courses, etc. will count toward the recertification. See the list of classes that others have used in the past.

What type of courses will NOT count towards recertification? Site specifics, on-site safety meetings, tool box talks and classes you teach will NOT count towards recertification.

What can I do if I don’t have enough hours to recertify?
An extension of time allows you to add an additional year to your recertification cycle for the purpose of obtaining CEUs or contact hours. However, extending your present recertification cycle will shorten your next recertification cycle to 2 years (instead of 3), and will still require the minimum 6 CEUs or 60 contact hours. Download the Extension Request Form, if needed.