Competent Person for Excavation Trenching and Shoring

1 hour(s) (TimeBoost® option available as directed by employer)
Cost: $60 per person

Do You Need to Take the Competent Person for Excavation Trenching and Shoring Course?

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. Excavation training is required for workers and supervisors who work in trenches and excavations. The excavation Competent Person designation must be made by the employer.

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.”

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. This course is in compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.650 subpart P regulations.

Choosing NET for Excavation Training

This self-paced excavation training course is designed for you to complete when you want, where you want.

  • HAZWOPER On Mobile allows you to take the course from any device.
  • Log in and out of the system as you wish and all your progress will be saved right where you left off.
  • U.S.-based support is available throughout the course by email or phone.
  • You will receive a certificate by email and a wallet card by mail.
  • The Excavation and Trenching course counts as continuing education units (CEUs). This course is accepted for .167 Industrial Hygiene CM Points by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) and .1 Continuance of Certification (COC) points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).
  • Access the course for one full year after registering.
  • Group discounts are available for parties of three or more.
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Course Features

Competent Person for Excavation Trenching and Shoring is a 1-hour course featuring a full-length video packaged with over 25 interactive animations and award winning content, all delivered with professional audio narration.

An OSHA Study Timer tracks your progress and allows you to log in and out at your convenience as you navigate through a series of self-grading quizzes and a final exam.

Course Content

The Competent Person for Excavation Trenching and Shoring course covers the OSHA Excavation Standard and safety and health aspects of excavation and trenching.

The modular course covers topics including:

  1. OSHA Excavation Standard
  2. OSHA Soil Classification
    1. Practical soil mechanics and its relationship to the stability of shored and unshored slopes and walls of excavations
  3. Requirements for Protective Systems
    1. Introduction of various types of shoring (wood timbers and hydraulic)
  4. Installation and Removal of Protective Systems

This course is eligible for .1 Continuance of Certification (COC) points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and completed course hours count as CEU’s (Continuing Education Units).

Physical and On Site Requirements

There are no physical or on-site requirements for this course.

This training has no required prerequisites.