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EM 385-1-1 16-Hour Training & Certification

What do we offer? Whether you want EM 385-1-1 16-Hour certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the EM 385-1-1 16-Hour training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

What are my options for EM 385-1-1 16-Hour training?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's a reusable training presentation that is used to train groups of people all at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer to use the kit we offer a train the trainer online course.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost and is reusable. Results in a lifetime certification.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands-on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the EM 385-1-1 16-Hour Training Course?

Our USACE 16-Hour training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on:

  • Program Management (Section 1)
  • Medical and First Aid (Section 3)
  • Temporary Facilities (Section 4)
  • PPE (Section 5)
  • Welding and Cutting (Section 10)
  • Electrical (Section 11)
  • Material Handling, Storage and Disposal (Section 14)
  • Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment (Section 18)
  • Fall Protection (Section 21)
  • Work Platforms and Scaffolding (Section 22)
  • Demolition, Renovation and Re-Occupancy (Section 23)
  • Safe Access (Section 24)
  • Excavations and Trenching (Section 25)
  • Confined Space Entry (Section 34)

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 16 hours.
Intended Audience:

  • Contractors working on military projects
  • Federal Employees working on military projects

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:

  • EM 385-1-1
  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards
  • NFPA 1852—Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

  • 29 CFR 1910.134—Respiratory Protection

  • Encompasses these Canadian Standards
  • CSA Z94.4-11—Selection, Use and Care of Respirators

  • CSA Z180.1-13—Compressed Air and Systems

Why do I need EM 385-1-1 16-Hour training?

In line with regulations, anyone who works on a USACE worksite must receive training prior to carrying out any of their duties, whether they are a contractor or a federal employee. All USACE employees must obtain an EM 385 certification by taking the training required by their respective positions.

During this training, we will provide you with a general understanding of the safety principles for each topic included in this course. This is an overview training. While it provides general awareness of the topics discussed, we do not cover every topic in the EM 385-1-1 manual. In order to be considered certified, you must take any additional trainings as required by your jobsite.

  • Did You Know?

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is delivering engineering services to customers in more than 130 countries around the world with approximately 37,000 trained Civilians and Soldiers (Source: US Army Corps of Engineers)

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EM 385-1-1 16-Hour Training Frequently Asked Questions 

What does the USACE do?

The Corp proclaims their mission to be to “deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our nations’ security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters.” Most notably, it is responsible for building and maintaining infrastructure and providing military facilities in areas where they are needed.

What training is required for my USACE duties?

Various USACE trainings are available for the worksite, depending on your assigned duties. Site Safety Health Officers (SSHO) are required to complete the 40-hour EM 385 training and must use this 8-hour course as a refresher training annually. Managers and supervisors who are responsible for leading teams must complete the 24-hour EM 385 course. Finally, workers and contractors are responsible for completing the 16-hour EM 385 course.

Is this 8-hour training only a refresher training?

Yes, more extensive training is required when beginning your USACE duties, depending on what they are. This training is intended to only be a refresher training for those who have already completed a longer training.

How is the 16-hour training different from the 8-hour training?

The 16-hour course fulfills the training requirements for contractors and federal employees working on military projects. It is designed to introduce learners to the safety standards contained in the EM 385-1-1 manual published by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). On the other hand, the 8-hour training is for SSHOs who are trying to obtain their yearly refresher training.

How does EM 385 training differ from an OSHA training on the same topics?

While these trainings are much the same and contain the same principles, EM 385 standards are typically much stricter. For this reason, OSHA courses are not approved for training USACE employees.

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