Did you know Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC)
is a Host Training Organization (HTO) for the
Region VII OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC)?


  1. What is an HTO?
    Western Iowa Tech Community College is a Host Training Organization supported by the Region VII OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC) in Kansas City. They support and supply WITCC with OSHA Training Institute Education Center supplied courses for OSHA numbered specific safety courses on a variety of General Industry and Construction Safety Standards. For example; OSHA #3115 Fall Arrest Systems Standard or OSHA #2045 Machinery & Machine Guarding Standard
  2. How long are the classes?
    These OSHA Numbered standard specific courses range from 1/2-day (4 hour) courses up to 4-day (32 hour) courses in length.
  3. Why do I need to take the OSHA numbered standard specific related training?
    You'll be better prepared to advance your career in the safety health environmental or risk management profession by earning these valuable credentials. With industry-recognized certification you're more informed and prepared for promotion, earn more money, and show that you are committed to your industry.
  4. Who benefits from these certifications?
    • Health, Safety, and Environmental professionals
    • Safety Coordinators
    • HR professionals
    • Plant Managers, Supervisors, Crew Chiefs
    • Construction Site Superintendents
    • Safety and Health Training Facilitators
    • Public Works Safety Professionals
  5. How long is the certification good for? Is there an expiration date?
    Once you receive the certificate, most of the OSHA Numbered Standard Specific Safety Courses will not expire. The OSHA 500 and 501 do require re-certification every 4 years.
  6. Who can take these courses and are there discounts for groups?
    Any individual can take these courses, but company groups may be allowed contract-training rates. Company contract training rates are considered when multiple employees wish to take the same course at the same time. To inquire about contract training rates, contact WITCC Corporate College Office at 712-274-6418 or 1-866-528-4024.
  7. Where are classes held?
    Most classes will be held on WITCC property in Sioux City IA, however; contract training can be held at your company's location by request.
  8. Do I need my own PPE or other equipment?
    No. Anything you need for this class will be provided unless otherwise specifically stated.
  9. What is an OSHA standard?
    OSHA standards are rules that describe the methods that employers must use to protect their employees from hazards. There are OSHA standards for Construction work, Maritime operations, Agriculture, and General Industry, which is the set that applies to most worksites. Examples of OSHA standards include requirements for employers to:
    1. Provide fall protection;
    2. Prevent trenching cave-ins;
    3. Prevent exposure to some infectious diseases;
    4. Ensure the safety of workers who enter confined spaces;
    5. Prevent exposure to harmful chemicals;
    6. Put guards on dangerous machines;
    7. Provide respirators or other safety equipment; and
    8. Provide training for certain dangerous jobs in a language and vocabulary workers can understand.
    Employers must also comply with the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, which requires employers to keep their workplace free of serious recognized hazards. This clause is generally cited when no OSHA standard applies to the hazard.
  10. How do I get an OSHA card?
    OSHA-authorized trainers issue student course completion cards to individuals who successfully complete an OSHA Outreach Training Program class. The Outreach Training Program offers 10-hour or 30-hour classes for Construction, General industry, Maritime, and a 15-hour class for Disaster Site Worker. In order to obtain an OSHA card, an individual must attend and successfully complete the entire class, including all requisite topics and the minimum number of contact hours. Please note that an OSHA card is not considered a certification or license.
  11. Does OSHA require the 10- and 30-hour outreach courses?
    No, they are voluntary. OSHA recommends outreach courses as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers. However, some states have enacted laws mandating the training. Also, some employers, unions, organizations or other jurisdictions may also require this training.
  12. How do I become an authorized OSHA outreach trainer?
    OSHA authorizes trainers to conduct occupational safety and health training through the OSHA Outreach Training Program. Through this program, individuals who complete a one-week OSHA trainer course receive a certificate of completion and an authorized outreach trainer card. Trainer courses are based on one of the following subject areas: disaster site workers (second responders), construction, general industry, or maritime. Upon successful completion of the trainer course, trainers are authorized to teach student's courses based on the trainer course subject area. These include two-day courses for disaster site workers (second responders), as well as 10-hour and 30-hour courses in construction, general industry, or maritime safety and health hazards. Authorized trainers can receive OSHA course completion cards for their students. The OSHA Outreach Training Program is voluntary. OSHA does not require participation in this program. To become an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer, you must complete a required OSHA trainer course and complete/meet the necessary prerequisite requirements found at www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/faqs.html. For a complete list of all the OTI Education Centers and their approved courses, please visit the OTI Education Center Locations page.
  13. I lost my OSHA 10-hour/30-hour card. How can I get a replacement?
    OSHA does not maintain a database with all the 10-hour and 30-hour courses conducted and the names of the students who attended these classes. If you have lost or misplaced your student course completion card, you must contact your Outreach trainer for a replacement. Your Outreach trainer will have to contact their Authorizing Training Organization for the replacement. Replacement cards will not be issued if the training took place more than three years ago. Only one replacement card may be issued per student per class, and a fee may be charged by the Authorizing Training Organization to replace a course completion card.
  14. Does an OSHA 30-hour card expire?
    The student course completion cards in Construction, General Industry, and Disaster Site do not have an expiration date. The form and content of additional training is left to the discretion of the student and/or employer. The student cards provided in the Maritime Outreach Training Program expire five years after the training. To retain a valid 10- or 30-hour Maritime Industry card, students are required to complete additional training. The Outreach Training Program is intended as an orientation to Occupational Safety and Health. Workers must receive additional training on specific hazards of their job. See https://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/index.html for more information on training.