Construction Management

5 Online Construction Safety Courses You Can’t Afford to Miss

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There’s no question that construction is a dangerous industry—in fact, one in ten construction workers are injured on site every year. But what’s even more astounding is that so many construction injuries—and deaths—are so easily preventable. Safety education and training are at the core of insuring a safe workspace.

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Luckily, some of the best construction safety courses are available online. They’re easily accessible, self-paced, and reasonably priced.

The standards these courses abide by are set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Construction Safety Training System, and the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health—the three major construction standardization organizations in the United States, Canada, and internationally, respectively.

OSHA directs companies to specific online construction safety courses that, in the United States, allow participants to receive the “DOL Wallet Card” upon completion, proving that the cardholder completed the OSHA-approved course. In contrast, NEBOSH courses prepare construction professionals for a series of exams, including a Health and Safety at Work Qualification and an International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.

This list relies on official certification and user feedback as determinants for quality. Below, you’ll find five of the top online construction safety courses available.

1. ClickSafety: OSHA 10-Hour Construction


ClickSafety offers both 10-hour and 30-hour construction safety courses that are OSHA approved. The OSHA 10-Hour Construction course counts for one CEU and provides successful participants with a DOL/OSHA 10-hour card. This course covers both immediately practical and theoretical advice, like how to file an OSHA complaint or how to prevent workplace injuries on site.

ClickSafety’s OSHA 10-Hour Construction course was designed to help construction managers, foremen, site inspectors, and workers identify and prevent the most common construction-related injuries, including falls, electrocution, and caught-in or between hazards.


  • $89

2. University of South Florida: Specialty 1-Hour Online Courses


The University of South Florida offers a full range of specialty courses designed for OSHA training. Each course runs for only an hour, and covers specialty topics like welding and cutting, how to use cranes, derricks, hoists, elevators, and conveyors, and confined space entry.

If your construction team has very specific construction safety training requirements, the USF program is a great way to zero-in on what’s most important for you and your team. Upon completion of each course, participants receive an OSHA Training Institute Education Center Certificate of Completion from the University of South Florida OTI Education Center.


  • $24.95 per course

3. Advance Online: OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety


Using a powerful learning management system, Advance Online is great for larger construction companies hoping to educate their entire staff.  Offering a full selection of OSHA-compliant courses, Advance Online is the perfect choice for companies who need OSHA completion cards and general industry safety training.

As for the 30-Hour Construction Safety course, construction workers and supervisors can expect to get a deep-dive investigation of many frequent construction hazards. People who have completed the 30-Hour Construction Safety course will be able to recognize hidden hazards—like crystalline silica and asbestos exposure—and identify the best way to monitor and mitigate those risks.


  • $189

4. Alberta OH&S Legislation Awareness – Online


In Canada and looking to work toward CSTS certification? This course was designed to help all construction industry participants—from workers to owners—understand the nuances of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety legislation.

This course offers a complete guide to the content, organization, and history of the OH&S regulations. The course also provides exercises and lessons to help students commit the information to memory, and has a final project where soon-to-be graduates use the material covered in the class to solve a case study based on real OH&S incidents.


  • Non-members: $375
  • Associate members: $100
  • Members: $85

5. NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety


This course is great for UK and international construction managers who need a flexible program to fit their schedule. The NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety course allows users to take up to 12 months to complete their program.

The content in the certificate program is designed to cover the UK’s construction health and safety legal requirements. Participants will learn how identify and offset potential construction workplace dangers.

This course has no prerequisites and lasts three weeks. The course concludes with the two NEBOSH exams required for certification. Students should note that the course fee and exam fee are separate. The exams cost £190 + VAT each for every time taken.


  • £495.00 + VAT and any additional exam fees.


Naturally, there are other steps construction managers can take to ensure their workplace remains a safe environment for their workers—including optimizing the use of BIM and employing construction management software.

Are there other standout construction safety courses that I missed? What were your experiences with these classes? Share your thoughts and suggestions below!

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About the Author

Rachel Burger

Rachel Burger

Rachel is a former Capterra analyst who covered project management.


Comment by Ryan Ballard on

I used Gold Coast schools to get my license as a general contractor. They offer licenses for contractors and subcontractors. You can either take the class online or in a classroom. I took my online because of flexibility as my day job would not let me take classes during the mornings and afternoons.

Comment by Lauren on

Thanks for sharing these online construction safety courses! Safety should be treated with a very high importance at every workplace.

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