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Competent Person for Excavation Trenching and Shoring

Cost: $60 per person

Collapse is the primary hazard for workers in an open excavation. Water is the number one enemy for workers in excavations. There are additional hazards included that are covered in length in the training. This training is designed for competent persons.

Group discounts available (3 or more people). Please email or call us at 1.888.877.7130 for a quote.

Excavation Competent Person

Course Features

– Includes 1 full length video
– Audio narration of text
– Over 25 interactive flash animations
– Award winning content
– CEU’s
– Self grading quizzes and final exam
– OSHA Study Timer (tracks your study time login and logout at your convenience)
– Excavation training
– Certificate of Completion (3 certificates) e-cert, 8×10 and wallet card

Course Description

In compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.650 subpart P regulations, this excavation training is required for workers and supervisors who work in trenches and excavations. OSHA requires that at least one person be trained as a competent person for excavation sites. This excavation training covers the OSHA Excavation Standard and safety and health aspects of excavation and trenching. Course topics include practical soil mechanics and its relationship to the stability of shored and unshored slopes and walls of excavations, introduction of various types of shoring (wood timbers and hydraulic), soil classification, and use of protective systems.
Testing methods are discussed in the use of instruments such as penetrometers, torvane shears, and engineering rods. Upon course completion students will have the ability to assess their employer’s compliance with the OSHA Excavation Standard, utilize soil testing methods to classify soil types, determine protective systems for excavation operations, and training requirements.



Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a total of 3 certificates. An email with an e-certificate will be sent to you or your designee immediately upon completing the course and the original certificates (8×10 and pvc wallet card) will arrive in the mail.

OSHA Competent Person Requirements

Excavating is recognized as one of the most hazardous construction operations. Most workers caught in a cave-in are either seriously injured or killed. OSHA requires that there be a “Competent Person” present whenever a worker enters an excavation or trench.

OSHA defines a “Competent Person” as “one who by way of training and/or experience, is knowledgeable of applicable OSHA Standards, capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has the authority to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate those hazards.

Note: The excavation Competent Person designation is an employer designation and this training will help satisfy this requirement. However, the employer is responsible for actually making this determination.


Includes U.S. Based support. An experienced and highly qualified instructor is available to you throughout the training process. Our toll free hotline or email will allow access to some of the finest instructors in the U.S.


1 hour

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)

This course is eligible for .08 Continuance of Certification (COC) points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).



Table of Contents

Module 1: Introduction and Excavation Requirements

OSHA Excavation Standard

General Requirements of 29 CFR, Subpart P


The Competent Person

Responsibilities of the Competent Person

Module 2: OSHA Soil Classification

Stable Rock

Soil Types A, B and C

OSHA Accepted Methods for Soil Classification

OSHA Accepted Field Test Methods

Visual Test

Manual Tests

Module 3: Requirements for Protective Systems

Sloping, Shoring and Shields

Options for Protective Systems

Sloping and Benching

Maximum Allowable Slopes for OSHA Soil Types

Distressed Soils

Shoring and Shielding Systems

Timber Shoring

Aluminum-Hydraulic Shoring Systems

Trench Shields (Boxes)

Safe Entry and Exit

Excavation Policy

Module 4: Installation and Removal of Protective Systems

Materials and Equipment

Mechanics of a Cave-In

What Makes Trenches Hazardous?

Final Exam

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