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 a Frontline or Second line Supervisor?
Safe Supervisoris a 3 day course designed to enhance a supervisor’s understanding of the bigger picture of safety,
and his or her role in creating a safer work environment.
Topics include: worksite analysis, hazard recognition, accident investigation initiation and OSHA Code of Federal Regulations.
Supervisors will emerge from the course with an understanding of the issues in workplace safety and with the ability to apply the
concepts and methods learned.
Are you currently working in or new to the field of occupational safety & health?
Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS)is a 5 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. 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?
Certificate for Occupational Safety Management (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
Each Authorized Training Provider (ATP) processes their own class registrations and sets their own pricing for COSS, COSM and Safe Supervisor
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 questions
can be answered by calling our toll-free number, 877-610-COSS, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course costs differ by location. Click the location tab and click the state in which you are planning to attend a course. Once you find
the course date, click the name of the location and it will reveal additional location information and course prices.
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.
COSS requires individuals to have a high school diploma or equivalent. 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 all five
sessions in a two-year period and turn in all completed assignments in order to receive the final COSM certificate.
Safe Supervisor does not have any specific prerequisites.
Safe Supervisor does not require recertification. COSS and COSM certificates expire. In order for the certificate to be
maintained, certain requirements must be met.
Read the COSS requirements. COSM requirements have not been finalized but will
require a refresher or continuing education.
COSS is a highly intensive, highly interactive course that focuses on providing individuals in the safety and health field with the
tools and techniques needed to coordinate and implement corporate health plans; conduct safety and health training; and provide support to
safety and training managers.
The COSS program consists of 40 hours of hands-on, face-to-face learning, which is delivered by an OSHA 500 and 501 authorized
outreach training provider. Case studies and workshops are used extensively to bring learning objectives into focus.
Guest speakers from areas such as OSHA and other government agencies are sometimes used to enhance the learning experience.
Students are scored on their daily quizzes, practical reviews, their 10-minute safety presentation that they develop and present to
the class, and a comprehensive final exam. All of these things allow the students to demonstrate their competency in the class.
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 document COSS vs. ASSE Definition of Safety Professional describes
how COSS addresses that standard.
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.
We are in the process of bringing other universities on board to offer COSS as an academic course.
COSS is an advanced level of training focused on how to manage
an entire safety & health program. Courses like OSHA 510 provide you with an in-depth understanding of the 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:
Homework is an integral and important part of the course. Readings and exercises are assigned after each class session.
Daily quizzes that apply to assignments from the night before will be given each morning.
Class discussions and exercises.
A 10-minute safety presentation must be developed and presented for a grade.
An analysis of a hazardous condition (Compliance Moment) will be performed for a grade.
If you score less than 70% on the final, you will have the option to retake a different version of the final exam within 90
calendar days. For more information on the COSS Failure Policy, please request a copy of the
course syllabus. Collaspe