Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS)

TO REGISTER:  Please call Continuing Education at (858) 513-4700

Tuition:  Member/Non-Member:  $2299

This 40-hr. course takes place Monday - Friday

April 22-26, from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 Class Location:  Pacific Safety Center:  9880 Via Pasar, Suite F,

San Diego 92126

Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS®) is a training program designed by safety professionals for the entry level person, or for the experienced safety person who needs a refresher on safety. Its main objective is to equip employees who have safety and health responsibilities; with the core competencies they must master to be successful in occupational safety and health. The COSS® Program provides students with focused and relevant content that is enforced with concentrated learning activities. Unlike other safety designations, where there is no training involved, the curriculum-based format of the COSS® Program involves hands-on, in-class, instructor-led training. Students testify to the value of the training they receive; instead of simply "testing into the designation”, they feel like they worked hard to earn it.


COSS training is an intensive learning experience that teaches participants how to manage safety effectively within their organizations. Skills gained in COSS include calculating the true cost of accidents; identifying hazards and implementing correction actions; performing risk assessments for key jobs and procedures; and developing, implementing and maintaining safety plans.  COSS provides safety practitioners with the tools and techniques they need to make an impact on the safety of their organization.


COSS meets the requirements outlined in ANSI Z490.1 - Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health & Environmental Training Standards.


COSS focuses on:

-    Cost of Accidents

-    SIC Codes/NAICS Codes

-    OSHA overview

-    Using the CFR’s

-    Record Keeping

-    Hazard Controls & Hazard Types

-    Multi- Employer Doctrine

-    Focused Inspections

-    Managing Safety

-    Psychology and Safety

-    System Safety

-    Worksite Analysis

-    Job Safety Analysis (JSA)

-    Risk/Accident Causation

-    Accident Investigation

-    Audits

-    Industrial Hygiene

-    Behavior Based Safety

-    Safety and Health Program Assessment


Upon successfully completing COSS, graduates receive:

•    National COSS designation

•    40 Contact hours approved by CWEA


In summary, COSS is a curriculum-based program that consists of 40 hours of hands-on, face-to-face learning, delivered by an OSHA 500/501 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 governmental agencies are sometimes used to enhance the learning experience. Student presentations, daily quizzes, practical reviews and a comprehensive final exam allow students to demonstrate their competency in the class. By learning how to promote safety on a job site, COSS graduates have the knowledge to help lower fatalities, near misses and OSHA citations.

NOTE:  Registrations will be accepted as long as there are seats available and may be subject to verification prior to registration confirmation being issued.

IS YOUR TUITION COVERED?  If so, please contact Construction Education at (858) 513-4700 or continuinged@abcsd.org to register.  Student’s email address and contact phone number are required.

Active Duty Military or Veteran? Receive a 10% discount off of your tuition for ABCSD’s Construction Education or Safety classes. To be eligible, you must submit one of the following:

  • Active Duty Military ID
  • VA Health Care ID  
  • DL feat. Veterans Designation  
  • Form DD-214

Document submission for eligibility is only required once. To register and receive your discount, please call or email Construction Education at continuinged@abcsd.org or 858-203-0032.

Thank you for your service.

CANCELLATIONS must be received no later than 1 week prior to the start of the class to receive a refund.

CANCELLATION IF TUITION COVERED: The above cancellation policy applies and notification to ABC is appreciated. Lack of cancellation and no-showing for a class will result in the full amount of tuition being deducted from any remaining Training Funds available for future use.

QUESTIONS?  Please call (858) 513-4700 and ask for Construction Education.


Pacific Safety Center
9880 Via Pasar, Suite F
San Diego, CA 92126 USA
April 22-26 (Monday-Friday), 2024
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


  • Member/Non-Member - $2,299.00
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