OSHA Training

Certificate Programs Frequently Asked Questions

I have a bachelor's degree and am employed. Would a certificate program benefit me?

Yes, certificate programs offer concentrated study in areas directly applicable to many jobs and can add breadth and depth to your existing knowledge and skills. Completion of a certificate program can help you make the transition to a new career.

Can I take courses without being registered in a certificate program?

Yes. The certificate program consists of courses from our regular curriculum, so some students work toward a certificate while others do not. From the date of your registration in the certificate program, you have five years to complete the require coursework.

How many credits do I have to earn for a professional certificate?

A single certificate in Construction or General Industry requires 24 units of credit.

Can I pursue both Construction and General Industry areas of specialization in the certificate program?

Yes. If you wish to obtain professional certificates in both construction and General Industry, you must complete 35 units rather than just 24.

What course should I take first?

If you are new to UCSD we recommend you begin your coursework with:

  • OSHA 510 - OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry, or
  • OSHA 511 - OSHA Standards for General Industry

Once you have completed one of the Prerequisite courses above and have a minimum of 5 years in occupational health and safety, you are then qualified to become an Outreach Trainer. You can then complete either of the following:

  • OSHA 500 - Trainer Course for the Construction Industry
  • OSHA 501 - Trainer Course for General Industry
In what order should I take the courses after finishing the fundamental OSHA courses?

There is no required order to the coursework. Once you have completed the foundational courses listed above you can take any course in your area of interest.

How much does the certificate program cost?

There is a $60 non-refundable fee to register in the certificate program. For individual course fees, see the details associated with each course. Add the costs of all the courses you need to complete the program to estimate the total program costs. You pay for the courses as you take them.

How do I register for a certificate program?

Register for your certificate program online by clicking the Register Now button, or choose one of the other options from the following:

  • Phone: (800) 358-9206
  • Fax: (858) 246-1031
  • Mail your enrollment and payment to:
    OSHA Training Institute Education Center
    6256 Greenwich Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92122
Additional Professional Certificate Information
  • 5 Year Rule: Students have five (5) years to complete all coursework towards the Professional Certificate. The five years begins on the date of the first UCSD OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC) course taken and applied to the certificate requirements.
  • A Dual Certificate in both the Construction and General Industry Track: Students who wish to have both tracks listed on their certificate must either (1) indicate this preference on their certificate application (one $60 certificate application fee) or (2) return their first certificate, pay an additional $25 fee, and then a new certificate will be issued. All coursework must be completed within the 5 year rule to be eligible.
  • Transfer and Substitute Credit:
    • All students to receive a Professional Certificate issued by the UCSD OTIEC must take a minimum of 24 credits from the UCSD OTIEC.
    • There will be no transfer credit.
    • There will be substitution credit.
      • If a student has already taken one of the authorized numbered OSHA Training Institute Education Center classes from another authorized OTIEC they may substitute that class with an approved elective from the UCSD program but will not receive numerical credit to apply to the 24 credit requirement to earn the Professional Certificate. They will simply be excused from repeating a required course.
    • Students may substitute a maximum of two (2) authorized numbered OTIEC classes. Appropriate transcripts and copies of official OSHA Training Institute Education Center certificates must be forwarded to the UCSD OSHA Training Institute Education Center.


Please contact the department at oshatraining@ucsd.edu.

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