Trenching and Excavating 

Competent Person Certification 


Compliance with OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation standards saves lives, and can help your company avoid costly OSHA citations and penalties. OSHA’s excavation standards require your company to have a Competent Person on the excavation site during all trenching and excavating operations. All employees must be trained in the hazards associated with trenching and excavation work.


Topics addressed during this Competent Person training include:

OSHA requirements for a “Competent Person” on excavation sites.

How to properly conduct soil tests.

General Hazards Associated with Trenching and Excavation Work.

Understand OSHA regulations for shoring, sloping, and benching, and trench boxes.

Identify and control hazardous atmospheres lurking inside of trenches.

Locate and work safely around potentially deadly underground utilities.

How to handle OSHA inspections at your trenching and excavation site.

Dangers Associated with Water Accumulation.

Access and Egress from Trenches and Excavations.

This training is documented and certified and each trainee will receive a certificate of completion card valid for 2 years. Onsite training tailored to your organization can be provided upon request.

$125 Non-Member / $85 Member

Course Duration:  4 hrs


For information about upcoming classes or to schedule training at your facility, please call the NUCA of WA office at 1-877-460-5880


Training Provided by:

Rhett Carpenter, CHST