2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Construction Safety Technician Certificate Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field. It provides you a clear path to complete your certificate by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets certificate requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete the Construction Safety Technician Certificate, you are responsible for fulfilling all certificate requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

1. College Success

  • Course purpose:  A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course.

2. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Strong writing skills are a key need for occupational safety and health professionals in writing memos, letters, and reports.


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course. 

3. Productivity Software

  • Course purpose: Microsoft office is a basic tool that is required by all occupational safety and health professionals in nearly all work environments to manage and communicate information and data.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network!  In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.  

4. Safety Management

5. Construction Safety

  • Course purpose: Construction industry standards for accident prevention, hazard identification, and compliance responsibility are emphasized in conjunction with an overview of Occupational Safety and Health Act and other related federal and state legislative requirements.

6. Math Course Recommendation

Choose one

  • Course purpose: Occupational safety and health professionals need a strong foundation in mathematics so they can interpret quantitative data reported in reports and research papers, and to appropriately convey quantitative data in meetings and documents.


  • Note: The math course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following, the transfer institution/degree that you select, and your math placement guidance. Your advisor will assist you in selecting the relevant 5 or 7 credit course(s) based upon co-requisite options.

7. Incident Investigation

  • Course purpose: This course provides an overview of the theory and purpose of incident investigation, and how to conduct an investigation. Being able to conduct an incident investigation is a key skill for a professional in this field.

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go!  It is time to apply for graduation.  Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details.  www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation 

8. Industrial Security

  • Course purpose: Occupational safety and health professionals must be aware of security issues within a work environment to control and limit public and employee access workplace hazards, as well as the role of a health and safety in relationship to workplace violence.

9. Technical Writing

10. Training Techniques

  • Course purpose: As an occupational safety and health professional you are frequently required to develop training and present information on how to prevent injuries to employees within an organization. This course provides an overview in the steps necessary to plan, develop and deliver training.

11. Human Relations in the Workplace

  • Course purpose: Occupational safety and health professionals need to have a basic understanding of how they need to convey and work within different leadership styles of an organization to implement OSH policies.

12. Construction Drawings: Printreading

13. Risk Management

  • Course purpose: Occupational safety and health professionals need a basic understanding of risk management and workers compensation regulations for injury reporting, injury prevention, employee compensation when worker is injured.

14. Materials & Methods

  • Course purpose: You will learn the technical aspects of construction systems, including the procedures and methods for masonry, steel, wood, and concrete construction. Recent trends in construction materials are also covered.

15. Internship

Choose one

Total Credits: 61

Program Code: 844C