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Trenching & Excavation for the Competent Person

Did you know that the fatality rate for excavation work is 112% higher than the rate for general construction?  With the proper safety training in place, this number would be drastically reduced.  That is why OSHA requires a competent person be present at every job site.  OSHA defines a competent person as someone that “by way of training or experience, is knowledgeable of applicable standards, is capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation, and has the authority to correct them.”

Many OSHA training classes provide basic or introductory information for workers.  Since the competent person is required to make important decisions, their training must go beyond the introductory level, to a level which provides enough information to be useful in their decision making process.

eTraining’s Trenching & Excavation for the Competent Person course goes beyond the basic awareness level of introductory courses and into the details necessary to create a safe environment for workers, as outlined in OSHAs standard 29 CFR 1926.650.  It helps a competent person answer important job site questions like: Are there adequate means of access and egress?  Are adjacent structures stabilized?  Does the procedure require benching or multiple benchingShoringShielding?  Are means of egress from the cut, cavity, or depression no more than 25 ft from the work?

These, and many more, are the kinds of questions a competent person on an excavation or trenching site needs to be asking.  And, while there is no substitute for hands on, real world experience, this Trenching & Excavation Course for the Competent person will go a long way in providing a good foundation of knowledge from which a worker can create a safer excavation work environment.

If you don’t need a Competent Person designation or would rather a more basic level excavation course, we also offer an Excavation Safety course that does not cover as much detail as this course – click here for more information.

Course Details

This fully narrated course is broken up into 6 separate units, with a knowledge check quiz at the end of each unit.  The quizzes will prepare you for the final, which you will take at the end of the course.

After passing the final with a score of 70% or better, you will be able to print a personalized certificate with your name, the course you passed, the date taken, certificate number, as well as our company information should anyone need to verify the authenticity of the certificate.

This course is packed with photos, video, interactivity, and a wealth of valuable information. It is approximately 4-5 hours in length.

Topics Covered Include

  • Scope, Application, and Definitions
  • Specific Requirements
  • Protective Systems
  • Soil Classification
  • Sloping and Benching
  • Aluminum Hydraulic and Timber Shoring
  • Shoring Alternatives
  • Protective Systems Selection

Why etraintoday.com?

Employee Progress Tracking

Our customized progress tracking software will automatically provide up to date information on where your employees are within a course.

Mobile Delivery

We believe that training should be delivered where and when the customer needs it. That’s why, in addition to standard computer access, our courses can also be taken on tablets and smart phones.


A well-designed and thought out course increases student engagement and retention. The quality of the content and delivery of our online training is second to none.


The owners of etraintoday.com have over 25 years of experience delivering high caliber training in the safety field, certifying many thousands of students.

Ease of Use

You don’t have to be a computer whiz to take our training! We’ve made enrollment and course access as easy as possible, so that you can quickly get to what’s important – the training.

Customer Service

It is important to us that our customers get any questions or issues answered quickly. We guarantee that our staff will be accessible and responsive, whether by phone or email.


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