Compliance with state and federal trenching & excavation standards saves lives, and can help your company avoid costly citations, impactful penalties and more! State & federal OSHA excavation standards require your company to have a trained & designated Competent Person on the excavation site during all trenching and excavating operations. Employees who are involved with these work activities shall be trained in identifying and controlling the hazards associated with trenching and excavation work.

Topics addressed during this Trenching & Excavation course include:

  • OSHA requirements for a “Competent Person” on excavation sites
  • General hazards associated with trenching & excavation activities
  • Understand regulations for shoring, sloping and benching
  • Identify and control hazardous atmospheres lurking inside of trenches
  • Locate and work safely around potentially deadly underground utilities
  • How to properly handle regulatory inspections on your project
  • Dangers associated with water accumulation
  • Safe access and egress from trenches and excavations
  • How to properly conduct soil classification
  • Hazardous atmospheres in trenches and excavation and safe work procedures
  • Understanding soil mechanics & its relationship to the stability of the protective systems


Course attendees must complete a written test. Upon successful completion, attendees will receive a
certificate of completion wallet card valid for three (3) years.

Refresher training may also be needed when:

  • There is an incident or a near miss
  • Conditions change in the workplace which could affect safety
  • Employee has been observed performing tasks in an unsafe manner
  • Significant time has passed, and the employee’s abilities may require retraining


Course: Trenching & Excavation Competent Person
Course Duration: 3-4hrs ** Additional trenching courses available upon request
Certification Expiration: 3 years
Course Pricing & Special Rates: Contact us for course pricing and inquire about our special rates
Note: Additional trenching courses available upon request