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Fire Watch Training & Certification

Meets all fire watch training requirements by OSHA & Canada.

Whether you want fire watch training 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 fire watch training you want in the way you want it and at a price, you can afford.

What are my options for fire watch training?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's a fire watch training PowerPoint presentation 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 course.

Online Training

Online training 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+.

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. More Info

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 Fire Watch Training Course?

Our Fire Watch training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on Pre-Shift Inspections and Safe Operations and more.
During this training, we will be taking a look at the specific procedures and tasks that are required of someone who is performing hot work. As part of this training, you will learn the importance of performing pre-shift inspections and conducting post-shift fire watch duties. We will emphasize the necessity to thoroughly inspect the work site before beginning hot work and to obtain a hot work permit. Finally, we will use case studies to demonstrate the negative results that may occur from ignoring or not complying with your fire watch duties.

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.

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:

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards for General Industry
  • 1910.252 – Welding, Cutting, and Brazing

    - 1910.252(a)(2)(iii) – Fire Watch

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards for Maritime Industry
  • 1915.504 – Fire Watches

  • 1915.508(e) – Additional training requirements for fire watch duty

  • Encompasses these Canada Standards
  • B.C – 12.112 – 12.126 (Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes)


What is the fire watch train the trainer course exactly?

The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers. Jump To Purchase Options

Why do I need Fire Watch training?

In line with regulations, anyone who conducts a fire watch must receive training prior to carrying out any fire watch duties. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency. Jump To Purchase Options

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Fire Watch Training Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often should fire watch be conducted?

A: Fire watch is required to be conducted anytime sufficient hazards are present while hot work is being performed, such as when combustible materials are nearby or if the building’s fire alarm or sprinkler system is out of order. Although a fire watcher is not always required, it is typically best practice to provide one.

Q: What is the purpose of fire watch?

A: Fire watch is a measure put in place to help detect early signs of unwanted incidents such as fire breakouts. Those assigned to fire watch are responsible for attentively surveying the area where hot work is being conducted and identifying and controlling any hazards that are present.

Q: Do you need to be certified to be a fire watcher?

A: No, you do not need to be certified. However, you must have received training prior in order to be considered competent in completing the task.

Q: Can I perform other tasks in addition to being a fire watch?

A: No, fire watch must be your only duty, as distractions can prevent you from correctly identifying fire hazards. If you are a fire watcher, your task is to be completely focused on the work at hand.

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