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Concrete & Masonry Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Types of Concrete & Masonry Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Concrete & Masonry certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Concrete and Masonry Training Course?

Our Concrete & Masonry Construction training course is regulation-aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on equipment, safe operations, personal protective equipment (PPE), and common hazards.

During this training, we will be looking at the machinery and equipment you will use on the worksite. We will also cover safe operations in cement handling, concrete placement, vertical shoring and reshoring, and formwork. We will discuss how to safely handle prestressed and precast concrete and how to safely perform lift slab operations. We will cover proper masonry construction procedures. Then, you will learn about the PPE used in concrete and masonry construction. Finally, we will go over the most common hazards and examine case studies to determine how to avoid similar accidents.

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.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Concrete and Masonry Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1926.700 – Concrete and Masonry Construction
  • 29 CFR 1926.701 – General requirements
  • 29 CFR 1926.702 – Equipment and tools
  • 29 CFR 1926.703 – Cast-in-place concrete
  • 29 CFR 1926.704 – Precast concrete
  • 29 CFR 1926.705 – Lift-slab construction
  • 29 CFR 1926.706 – Masonry construction
  • 29 CFR 1910.135 – Head protection
  • 29 CFR 1926.501 – Duty to have fall protection
  • ANSI A10.9-1983 – Concrete and Masonry Construction
  • Canada Standards

  • CSA A23.1 – Concrete Materials & Methods of Construction
  • CSA A23.2 – Test Methods & Standard Practices for Concrete
  • CSA A23.3 – Design of Concrete Structures
  • CSA A23.4 – Precast Concrete
  • CSA S269.1 – Falsework & Formwork
  • CSA A165.1 – Concrete Block Masonry Units
  • CSA A165.2 – Concrete Brick Masonry Units
  • CSA A165.3 – Prefaced Concrete Masonry Units
  • CSA A179 – Mortar & Grout for Unit Masonry
  • CSA A370 – Connectors for Masonry
  • CSA 371 – Masonry Construction for Buildings
  • CSA S304 – Design of Masonry Structures

    Train the Trainer Certification

    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 regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Concrete and Masonry Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who works with concrete and masonry must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. 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 prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Concrete and Masonry

    Did You Know?

    On average, 77 concrete and masonry construction workers die on the job each year in the United States. (BLS)

    The top violation cited in the concrete construction industry is respiratory protection. (OSHA)

    The leading cause of death among bricklayers and masons is falling to a lower level. (The Center for Construction Research & Training)


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Why is concrete important in construction?

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    Concrete is an ideal building material because it is durable. Structures made of concrete last much longer because they can withstand weathering, erosion, and other forces. Concrete retains heat and cold which reduces the need for people to spend as much money on heating and cooling the building. It is also considered safer because of its inability to burn or rot.

    Is concrete waterproof?

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    Concrete becomes porous as it dries, which means it isn’t waterproof. There are some products that can make concrete less porous, thus making it more waterproof. These products are either mixed into the concrete when it’s poured or applied as a topcoat after the concrete has cured.

    What are the different types of concrete?

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    The different types are modern concrete, high-strength concrete, high-performance concrete, ultra-high-performance concrete, stamped concrete, self-consolidating concrete, shotcrete, and limecrete. Modern concrete is the most commonly used. You will often see it used in urban construction projects.

    What is the difference between concrete and cement?

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    Cement is an ingredient used to create concrete. It comes in a powder form and has to be mixed with water to produce a paste. That paste is mixed with aggregates (sand and rock) to create concrete. Think about producing concrete like making a cake. Cement is similar to flour. While flour is a main ingredient in cake, you still need to add sugar, eggs, and other ingredients to make the cake. It’s the same with concrete; you can’t produce it with cement alone.

    What is considered masonry?

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    The most common masonry unit is a brick. Marble units, granite units, limestone units, cast stone units, concrete blocks, glass blocks, and adobe blocks also fall under the category of “masonry.” Masonry construction is the process of creating structures from individual masonry units that are sealed together with mortar.

    Does masonry include concrete?

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    Yes, some masonry structures are built from concrete blocks. Additionally, masonry units are sealed together with mortar, and one of the main ingredients in mortar is cement. So, while mortar isn’t made from concrete, it is made from the same basic ingredient as concrete.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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    Concrete & Masonry Construction Course

    Concrete has been used in construction dating back to ancient times. In fact, some structures made from Roman concrete are still standing today. Heard of them?

    In the modern world, we use concrete and masonry in constructing buildings, bridges, dams, and roads. Don’t mistake the versatility of these building materials for being safe, though. There are many different hazards you face when working with concrete and masonry.

    What kind of hazards are employees exposed to?

    Working around concrete and masonry poses two major hazards: silica dust exposure and wet cement exposure. Prolonged overexposure to silica dust can cause permanent lung damage. Unlike with silica dust, exposure to wet cement has more an immediate effect on the skin. Because of its caustic properties, victims can suffer from cement burns and even develop a skin condition called dermatitis.

    What does this training cover?

    The Concrete and Masonry Construction training follows 29 CFR 1926 Subpart Q. It covers a wide variety of safe operations, including:

    It also includes a discussion on some basic equipment and common hazards. By the end of the training, employees should be able to identify and avoid hazards on their worksite.

    Who needs to be trained on Concrete and Masonry Construction?

    All employees who are involved in concrete and masonry construction must receive training prior to beginning work. Additionally, employees should receive refresher training at least every three years. The goal is to make sure they understand and follow updated safe operating procedures. Note that initial training and refresher training as well as written and practical evaluations should be documented and filed away.

    It’s Time to Get Trained!

    The Safety Provisions staff is excited to add our new Concrete and Masonry training to the Hard Hat Training Series. If you’re interested in this training, please reach out to learn more.