Safety Courses: OSHA Competent Person Training

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires a Competent Person to oversee all excavation and trenching job sites. This 6-7 hour training course is designed to qualify personnel to perform the role of the Qualified Person on the job site. Canadian and state-specific Excavation Safety Standards will be covered if applicable to class participants.

  • Upcoming Dates
  • Overview
  • Items of Completion
  • Terms and Questions
  • Payment Information
July 18th 9:30 AM  EDT (America/Detroit) $250 / Per Person
August 7th 9:30 AM  EDT (America/Detroit) $250 / Per Person
September 4th 9:30 AM  EDT (America/Detroit) $250 / Per Person
October 2nd 9:30 AM  EDT (America/Detroit) $250 / Per Person
November 6th 9:30 AM  EST (America/Detroit) $250 / Per Person
December 4th 9:30 AM  EST (America/Detroit) $250 / Per Person


The Competent Person is required to be able to identify potential dangers of all excavation worksites as it relates to the OSHA Subpart P - Excavation standards; and enforce the regulated trench safety best practices on all excavation projects. This includes knowing the dynamics of soil pressure, how to classify soil conditions, and how to properly slope a trench or use an appropriate trench safety devise such as a trench shield or hydraulic shoring.


  1. Why do workers get hurt?
  2. OSHA Subpart P: Trench & Excavating Standards | CANADIAN Standards (if residents participating)
  3. Soil Classifications
  4. Protective Systems
    1. Sloping; determining correct Angle of Repose
    2. Shielding; Manufacturer’s Tab Data, OSHA Acceptable Practices
    3. Shoring; How shoring works, variations on shoring principle
  5. Duties and Roles of the Competent Person
  6. Identifying Hazards

Items of Completion

  • Certificate of Completion (8.5x11)
  • Competent Person Trained wallet card
  • OSHA (or MIOSHA) pocketbook
  • Trench Safety Trained hardhat sticker

Terms and Questions

IN-PERSON Training: At Efficiency Production Trench Safety Training Facility; 685 Hull Rd, Mason MI 48854

REMOTE Participants: Must use individual device or laptop with camera on at all times; mic may be muted

10-Question QUIZ (via Microsoft Forms for Remote) taken at lunch break

30-Question EXAM (via Microsoft Forms for Remote) delivered at end of day must be completed with at least 80 percent score

Payment Information

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Need Specialized Training for Your Company?

Independent and exclusive dates for a REMOTE Training class can be scheduled for a company or dealer hosting six or more participants. Or, training classes of 15 or more participants can be conducted at an OFF-SITE location in Michigan. Call James McRay at 517-676-8800 for details.

Kent Companies has utilized Efficiency Production’s Trench Safety Training multiple times with mixed user groups that include trades such as excavation, concrete, plumbing, and electrical.  The training has been relevant and applicable to all the trades and has raised their level of awareness to not only the dangers that come with working in trenches, but also the ways to safely mitigate those dangers.

Christopher Fennema

Vice President at Kent Companies