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Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals Frequently Asked Questions

No. OSHA does not does not certify individuals, nor offer certifications. Certifications are awarded by a third-party, standard-setting organization. Certification results from an assessment process by which individuals are evaluated against predetermined standards for knowledge, skills, and or competencies. The certification indicates a competency of a subject-matter as measured against a defensible set of standards that are set by an industry-wide process. Certification programs typically require some amount of professional experience and/or academic degrees from approved institutes of higher-education. Most certification programs have ongoing requirements to maintain certification and typically results in a designation after one’s name; such as Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).

Certificates are generally awarded to recognize completion of a training course or series of courses. The requirements to receive a certificate are determined by the training provider and can vary widely. Requirements can range from being in attendance to meeting the American National Standard ANSI/ASTM E2659-09, which requires developing a quality education/training course that has an assessment at the end to determine if the learning outcomes have been achieved. The Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals certificate program offered by OSHA results in a certificate being issued to the student to recognize successful completion of a specific series of courses related to occupational safety and health.

OSHA developed the Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals certificate program in support of OSHA's mission to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women. The certificate program is a proactive measure to protect public sector employees across the nation.

To earn a Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals certificate you must complete a minimum of seven (7) OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center courses, comprised of three (3) required courses and additional elective courses for a minimum of 68 contact hours. The certificate program is separated into tracks for Construction and General Industry.

The OTI Education Centers are a national network of non-profit organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver occupational safety and health training to public and private sector workers, supervisors, and employers on behalf of OSHA. OTI Education Centers offer a wide range of safety and health topics including safety and health standards for construction and general industry, hazardous materials, confined space, electrical standards, and fall protection.

There is at least one OTI Education Center located in each OSHA Region. You select which OTI Education Center is most convenient based on location, course schedule, and tuition. OTI Education Center locations along with course descriptions, tuition, and a searchable course schedule can be found on the OTI Education Center Web page.

No. You decide which OTI Education Center is most convenient to attend. Courses taken at any OTI Education Center are transferable and can count toward the certificate program.

Courses required to complete the Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals certificate program may be found in the requirements documents located on the Public Sector Safety and Health Fundamentals Certificate Program Web page.

The tuition and fees for the OTI Education Center courses varies and are determined by each OTI Education Center. For a course schedule, dates, location, and fees refer to the searchable course schedule.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are nationally recognized units of measurement for post-secondary education, professional development, and career training. Many of the OTI Education Centers provide CEUs for their courses.  To determine whether or not you will earn CEUs for an OTI Education Center course completed for the Public Sector Safety and Health Fundamentals certificate program, please contact the respective OTI Education Center or go to the Searchable Course Schedule.

Upon completion of the last course toward earning the certificate, request an Application Verification Form from any OTI Education Center where you have completed at least one of the required or elective courses. Complete the Application Verification Form, submit proof of successful completion of each course, and remit the processing fee paid to the OTI Education Center.

If you have completed the three (3) required courses and a minimum of (4) elective courses that for a total of 68 contact hours, you may request the Application Verification Form from any OTI Education Center where you have completed at least one of the required or elective courses. Complete the Application Verification Form, submit proof of successful completion of each course, and remit the processing fee paid to the OTI Education Center.

OTI Education Centers do not receive any funding from OSHA. These organizations support their training programs through their normal tuition and fee structures, which include a fee for processing the application for the Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals certificate.

Appropriate proof of successful course completion is a course completion certification or official transcript from the respective OTI Education Center.

No. OTI Education Centers are the only organizations authorized to offer OSHA courses. Each OSHA course has a specific set of learning objectives and minimum student contact hours that must be met for the student to receive a certificate of completion.

No course substitutions will be accepted for OTI Education Center courses.

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