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The COSS series of educational programs can train you in the essentials of safety and health, leadership, communication, and regulatory requirements throughout your safety career.
Are you currently working in or new to the field of occupational safety & health?
COSS is a five-day training program designed for the entry level person or the experienced safety person to learn the core competencies to be successful in occupational safety and health. COSS topics include: applying OSHA standards, recognizing hazards, evaluating risk, and controlling hazards to prevent injuries, illness and property damage. The only prerequisite for COSS is a high school diploma. Once you complete the COSS program, you must participate in professional development/continuing education activities to maintain your COSS certificate and report such activities every three years.
Do you have at least 2 years of experience in safety, health and environmental work?
COSM is an advanced executive-level safety program consisting of five 8-hour sessions for safety professionals moving along in their career path. COSM topics include: safety management essentials such as employee training plans; creating & evaluating Safety Management Systems (SMS) and aligning the SMS to the corporate vision and mission statement; assessing and managing safety, health & environmental risks within your organization; injury management, incentives and discipline and effective communication.
Yes, courses are offered in a virtual format. Visit our Upcoming Courses page to view all available offerings, both in person and virtually.
Each Authorized Training Provider (ATP) processes their own class registrations and sets their own pricing for COSS and COSM. Questions regarding class schedules, pricing, lodging or driving directions should be directed to the ATP. General questions can be answered by calling our toll-free number, 877-610-COSS, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course costs differ by location. Visit the locations page for contact information for each Authorized Training Provider (ATP). Contact the training location for more information.
Payment options differ by location. Most locations accept cash, check, credit card, or payment from your employer. Contact the training location for more information or request information on payment options.
The COSS and COSM courses each include a total of 40 hours.
Students receive multiple breaks throughout the day, as well as a one-hour lunch break each day.
Many locations offer COSS in a five-week format where students attend the course one day a week over the course of five weeks. Find locations.
No, all courses and course materials are presented in English.
Attending the complete course is expected and required. Make up days may be scheduled. For more information, contact us.
Registrations are not transferrable. You must cancel your registration at one location before you reschedule in another.
To allow for optimum student to teacher interaction, the COSS and COSM course maximum is 20 students per class/per instructor.
COSS requires individuals to have a high school diploma. COSS is an academically rigorous course that requires nightly reading from a college textbook, daily quizzes, student presentations and a comprehensive written exam.
COSM requires a minimum of 2 years of safety, health and environmental work experience. Participants must complete required assignments in order to receive the final COSM certificate.
COSS has received national recognition for it’s rigorous safety standards. COSS used the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) definition of the Safety Professional to benchmark the COSS program.
The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) recognizes COSS. ACCE is the certifying body for construction education for colleges, universities and technical/trade schools.
COSS has been established as a mandatory course for students in the Construction Management program at Louisiana State University.
COSS is an advanced level of training focused on how to manage an entire safety and health program. Courses like OSHA 510 provide you with an in-depth understanding of OSHA standards, and OSHA 30 & 10 hour courses focus on hazard recognition and avoidance. COSS covers these topics and more.
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:
The student kit includes:
*Items may vary by region.