The Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) Certification Program

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The Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) certification is designed for individuals who demonstrate competency and work part-time or full-time in health and safety activities devoted to the prevention of construction illnesses and injuries. The CHST certification meets national standards for certifications.
Candidates for the CHST certification are typically employed as safety and health specialists on construction job sites, serving in either full-time or part-time positions. Typical individuals are responsible for safety and health on one or more significant construction projects or job sites. They may work for an owner, general contractor, subcontractor, or firm involved in construction or construction safety.

The CHST program recognizes that many employers assign responsibility for construction safety and health functions to those with very important roles in protecting workers. Many construction safety professionals use the CHST as a stepping stone to greater roles in safety and health and, in some cases, to the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.

To retain the CHST certification, individuals must:
  • Pay an annual renewal fee
  • Meet Recertification requirements

The CHST program is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Benefits of CHST

Benefits of the CHST certification for construction health and safety practitioners include:
  • Satisfaction from knowing you meet a standard of your professional peers;
  • Self-esteem because you have respect of other health and safety professionals for your professionalism;
  • Recognition from an employer or potential employers for health and safety qualifications;
  • Potential recognition from an employer through increased job responsibility and/or pay;
  • Improved ability to compete for construction health and safety positions; and
  • An annual wallet card noting certification.

The CHST certification benefits employers because it:
  • Is helpful when selecting a qualified construction health and safety professional;
  • Is a means for improving safety and health in the workplace through competence and confidence;
  • Improves the company image for worker protection;
  • Increases worker and public confidence in the employer’s construction safety and health program; and
  • Enhances company profitability and quality by reducing construction accidents, illnesses, and insurance claims.

There are several routes of entry into the CHST certification. The program accepts candidates who gained knowledge of safety and health through academic preparation coupled with job experience in construction.  It also accepts those who developed expertise through construction job experience and job safety and health training.