Certified Safety Specialist

Occupational health and safety specialists analyze and collect data on various work environments and work procedures. Specialists inspect workplaces for adherence to regulations regarding health, safety, and the environment. They may also conduct incident investigations, provide safety training, or design safety management policies and procedures. Successful Specialists are detail-oriented, skilled at problem solving, capable of working independently and as part of a team, and have a good work ethic.


Intuitive Safety Solutions

Step 1: Verify Eligibility

Required Qualifications
  • 18 years of age
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Physically able
  • Valid driver's license
  • Auto insurance and dependable transportation
  • Pass drug screening test and background check
Recommended Skills
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Ability to engage people
  • Strong math skills
  • Good investigative and inspection skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • Passion for Safety and the desire to help people

   * If you do not possess the recommended skills, you can ask about a pre-apprenticeship program *

Step 2: Apply
    Step 3: Begin Apprenticeship
    • 4,500 hours / 2-3 years on-the-job training
    • Minimum of 144 hours of on-line coursework each year through Edmonds Community College
    • Start at 60% of current Journey-Level rate.
    • Gain 10% pay increase after every 1,125 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
    • Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.

    Average Starting Hourly Wage

       $18.00 + Benefits + GI Bill® Housing Allowance

    GI Bill® Housing Allowance
    • Usage is optional
    • Housing allowance can be found using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

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    All calculations based on a 120 hours/month work schedule.

    *Contact union local for updated wage information.

    GI Bill Usage Breakdown:
    100% - 1-6 months
    80% - 6-12 months
    60% - 12-18 months
    40% - 18-24 months
    20% - 24-30 months
    *Usage Optional
    Eligible veterans in an approved Apprenticeship Program can use their GI Bill® benefit and receive a tax-free stipend on a monthly basis. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® stipend is the equivalent of the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of an E-5 with dependents (based on the zip code of the training facility) which is paid addition to normal wages. Refer to the chart below to understand how Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits are paid, or consult the VA website www.benefits.va.gov/gibill (Link) to see how other VA chapters are paid for Apprenticeship Training.