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SCBA Respirators Training & Certification

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


We Offer Three Types of SCBA Respirators Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned SCBA Respirators 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 SCBA Respirators Training Course?

Our SCBA training course is regulation aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on understanding and inspecting equipment, safe operating procedures, and general rescue techniques.

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 approximately 1 hour. Intended audience is employees and supervisors.

You will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards.

Intended Audience:

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:


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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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SCBA Respirators Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • NFPA 1852—Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • 29 CFR 1910.134—Respiratory Protection
  • Canada Standards

  • CSA Z94.4-11—Selection, Use and Care of Respirators
  • CSA Z180.1-13—Compressed Air and Systems

    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 SCBA Respirators Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. OSHA 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 standard 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 SCBA Respirators

    Did You Know?

    Occupational respiratory hazards cause an estimated 381,000 new cancer cases in the US each year.

    60% of employees who die in confined spaces are would-be rescuers.

    More than 40% of fatalities among fire fighters are due to sudden cardiac death, which is greatly exacerbated by exposure to smoke and other oxygen-deficient atmospheres.


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    SCBA Respirators Training Frequently Asked Questions

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    How are SCBAs different from other respirators?

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    SCBAs are a form of air-supplying respirator. This means that they provide clean air to the user from an external storage tank, rather than purifying the surrounding air using a filter. SCBAs also have many unique parts, such as a regulator and full facepiece, which need to be inspected regularly and kept in working condition. Because they are generally more complex than other types of respirators, SCBAs require special training to use safely and effectively.

    When are employees required to use SCBAs?

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    Employees must wear SCBAs whenever they are exposed to any atmosphere that is considered “Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health” (IDLH). These extremely harmful types of atmospheres are classified based on the presence of certain chemicals in hazardous concentrations. Air-purifying respirators typically don’t provide enough protection to be used in an IDLH atmosphere, which is why positive respiratory protection devices like SCBAs are mandatory.

    What types of work are SCBAs used for?

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    SCBAs are most helpful in situations that require immediate action, and where the quality of the atmosphere cannot be quickly assessed. Firefighters commonly use SCBAs to rescue victims from burning buildings. SCBAs are also used by employees who must handle toxic materials, such as during a chemical spill or painting operation.


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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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