Radiofrequency (RF) Awareness Online Training & Certification

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Radio Frequency Awareness online training, designed by trainers with 15+ years of onsite training experience. The estimated time for this training is 90 – 120 min.

  • OSHA-Authorized: OSHA-authorized courses that are reviewed yearly & updated to meet the latest standards.
  • Instant Access: After purchasing, you'll have immediate access to the online course.
  • Printable Certificates: Upon completion, you will receive a printable certificate and OSHA wallet card.
  • For Businesses: We offer company accounts and bulk discounts.


What’s in the Radiofrequency (RF) Course?

Our Radiofrequency (RF) Awareness training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. 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.

Course Goals:

  • Understand the importance of RF radiation and how it affects you
  • Prepare you for working near RF radiation
  • Know how to work safely while on telecommunication towers or rooftops

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 90 – 120 min.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees

OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:

  • 29 CFR 1910.97 – Occupational Health and Environmental Control
  • 29 CFR 1910.147 – General Environmental Controls
  • 29 CFR 1910.268 Special Industries – Telecommunications
  • 29 CFR 1926.54 – Nonionizing Radiation
  • 29 CFR 1926.29 – PPE
  • 47 CFR 1.1307(b)
  • 47 CFR 1.1310
  • IEE Std C95.7 – 2014
  • IEE Std C95.2 – 2018
  • IEE Std C95.1 – 2019/Cor2-2020
  • IEE Std C95.1 – 2019

How does this Online RF Safety Training Course Work?

1. First, you will complete the online RF certification course (est. time: 90-120 min) which includes three modules:


2. After that, you will take the online exam. In the event that you do not pass the exam the first time, you do get a second chance.

3. Immediately upon passing the exam, you will have instant access to your printable RF certificate and wallet card.

*Note the expiration date of your radiofrequency RF awareness certification and return to this page before then to purchase again.

Do you need to train more than a few people? Check out our company account/group training options which qualify for bulk discounts with 26+ trainees.

Why Take Our Online Radiofrequency (RF) Awareness Safety Training & Certification?

Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.

The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.

We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.

Why Buy Our Online Radiofrequency RF Awareness Training?

  • Complete Training: First and foremost our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Don't risk getting expensive OSHA fines because you settled for a sub-par training program that didn't cover safety topics in depth. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
  • Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on-site can be expensive. In contrast, our online curriculum lowers costs while still providing a professional training experience.
  • Records Tracking System: We offer an easy-to-use management system so that if you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, all-terrain certificates, observation guides and more! (contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
  • Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
  • Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
  • Corporate License: Do you want to host this course on your own server? Contact us about obtaining broadcasting rights for this and any of our other online courses.

You might also be interested in our Online Electric Utilities and Telecom Safety Course.

RF Awareness Training

RF radiation produces thermal effects that can cause blindness and sterility at high concentrations.

  • Anyone working on or near transmission towers is exposed to radiation if not protected.
  • The frequency, distance from the source, and duration of exposure determine how hazardous RF radiation is.
  • Telecommunications services are where RF energy is most often used.

What Is Radiofrequency?  

Electric and magnetic energy travel in waves through space at the speed of light to make up electromagnetic radiation. Electromagnetic energy includes, among other things, radio waves and microwaves that are released by transmitting antennas. The term “radiofrequency (RF) energy or radiation” is used to refer to them all. It should be noted that “radiation” does not equate to “radioactive.”

The movement of electrical charges within an antenna produces the RF waves that are emitted from it. An electromagnetic wave can be described using its wavelength and frequency. While the frequency is the number of electromagnetic waves passing a certain place in a second, the wavelength is the distance traveled by an electromagnetic wave over one full cycle. The “hertz” unit is typically used to indicate the frequency of an RF transmission (abbreviated “Hz”). One cycle per second is equal to one Hz, and there are one million cycles per second in a megahertz (MHz).

We are able to use devices like radios, cell phones, and televisions because radio waves are used for telecommunication transmissions. There are radio towers all throughout the world since this method of information transmission is so widely used. There are around 500,000 cell and radio towers in North America alone. RF radiation is a harmful byproduct of the energy that is delivered by radio waves, despite the fact that the waves are helpful.

If not adequately protected and trained, anyone who operates on or close to the transmission towers may be exposed to harmful radiation. Even though radio waves are invisible, they can still be dangerous. Long-term effects of radio frequency exposure are possible.

A component of the electric and magnetic fields (EMF) is radio waves. They are made of magnetic and electric energies that interact to form a field of waves. Name, wavelength, and frequency are used to categorize all waves in the electromagnetic field.

RF Awareness 

Many different commercial and industrial uses exist for radiofrequency (RF) energy. It fuels our mobile service and transmits radio and television content into our homes. But there are serious health dangers associated with RF radiation, particularly for those who work near antenna and tower sites. With an RF awareness training course, you will learn about the possible dangers of exposure and how to prevent them.

The purpose of Hard Hat Training’s Radiofrequency (RF) Awareness training course is to build an understanding of the prevalence of RF radiation in the workplace. Radio, television, mobile phones, and other forms of telecommunication are some of the greatest sources of RF radiation.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) now provides guidelines addressing safety and health hazards linked to RF exposure as a result of the prevalence of RF radiation in the workplace. Participants will leave this program with a solid grasp of RF radiation’s applications, health and safety risks, and best working practices. The Radiofrequency (RF) Awareness course includes basic information on RF radiation, its sources, possible effects of exposure, and more.

Why Do You Need RF Training?  

You must be aware of how radio waves influence you to work around radio towers. A large part of the electromagnetic spectrum includes radio waves. RF radiation can be dangerous. Its frequency, the strength of the field, your proximity to the source, and the length of exposure are some of the variables that affect how it affects you. Extended exposure to radio waves can result in RF burns due to the heat they emit. Exposure can cause illness or diseases, symptoms including wheezing, inflammation, headaches, a higher chance of glioma, and even brain cancer.

Illness aside, there are also hazards to the physicality of working with radio towers. These transmitting structures can be tall, like antennas installed on top of buildings, or towering, like towers rising above 2,000 feet (609.6 m). During operations, one mistake might lead to catastrophe.

For workers who need a basic grasp of RF principles, as well as those who operate in the field of radio frequency communications, RF training courses are available. Our RF course is constantly being updated with the most recent data. 

Does OSHA Require RF Awareness Training? 

OSHA has no defined regulations for radiofrequency and microwave radiation. However, State Plans are required to set and enforce standards that are as least as effective as OSHA’s, although they may have different or more strict criteria.

Group Training 

Our group training Radiofrequency (RF) Awareness training course is OSHA Aligned. Our group training session is designed to get you ready to comprehend the significance of RF radiation and how it impacts you, work with RF radiation, and learn how to operate securely when on roofs or telecommunications towers.

RF Safety Hazards 

At high power concentrations, RF radiation can cause thermal effects that can result in blindness and sterility. High amounts of radiofrequency radiation have the ability to heat biological tissue and raise body temperature. In humans, the body’s inability to absorb or eliminate the additional heat produced by significant RF exposure can result in tissue damage. Restriction measures or mitigation activities may be necessary to ensure the safe use of RF energy in such scenarios.

Industry Standards 

Workers who are on or near antennas that send radio waves run the risk of lethal falls, RF radiation, and serious burns. Safety training is a crucial tool for identifying potential threats, regardless of your expertise or the height of the tower you are working on.

A large portion of the electromagnetic spectrum includes radio waves. They are the subject of this course; but before we get into RF waves, let’s have a look at how and where they fit in relation to other waves.

Radiofrequency Energy: How is it Used?

The most common application of RF energy is in the provision of telecommunications services. RF energy is used in a variety of telecommunications applications, including radio and television broadcasting, cellular telephones, personal communications services (PCS), pagers, telephones, business radio, radio communications for police and fire departments, amateur radio, microwaves, and satellite communications. 

Radiofrequency radiation, particularly microwave radiation, has the ability to send energy to water molecules. Microwave radiation at high levels will create heat in water-rich materials, such as most meals.

Food may be cooked in a microwave oven more quickly than in a normal oven thanks to the effective absorption of microwave energy by water molecules, which causes fast heating throughout an object. Radar, industrial heating, and sealing are among the more significant non-telecommunication uses of RF radiation.

Radar is a useful technology that is employed in a variety of settings, including air traffic control, military surveillance, and the enforcement of speed limits in transportation. Similar to how a microwave oven cooks food, industrial heaters and sealers produce high amounts of RF radiation that quickly heat the item being processed. 

These tools are used in many different industrial processes, including processing food goods, bonding wood products, sealing things like shoes and wallets, and molding plastic components. RF radiation is also used in a variety of medical procedures, including diathermy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Radiofrequency Radiation Measurements 

An RF electromagnetic wave contains both an electric and a magnetic component, and it is frequently useful to represent the strength of the RF environment at a given point unit relevant to each component. The measure “volts per meter” (V/m), for example, is used to indicate the intensity of the electric field, whereas the unit “amperes per meter” (A/m) is used to express the strength of the magnetic field (magnetic “field strength”). “Power density” is another regularly-used unit for quantifying the entire electromagnetic field. When the point of measurement is far enough away from an antenna to be in the “far-field” zone of the antenna, power density is the most suitable measurement.

Power density is defined as the flow of power per unit area. The “Specific Absorption Rate,” or “SAR,” is the number used to calculate the rate at which RF energy is absorbed in a body. It is often measured in watts per kilogram (W/kg) or milliwatts per gram (mW/g). In the event of whole-body exposure, a standing ungrounded human adult absorbs RF energy at a maximum rate when the frequency of the RF radiation is around 70 MHz.

Under these conditions, the “whole-body” SAR is at its highest. RF safety requirements are often most stringent in the 30 to 300 MHz frequency range. To manage the absorption of RF energy, “partial-body” SAR limits are employed in safety guidelines for exposure of sections of the body, such as exposure from hand-held mobile phones.

To learn more about the Radiofrequency (RF) Awareness, read our How Does RF Affect Humans article.

Other Training Options:

We offer two other types of training for this course. The other training types are DIY training kits and a train the trainer certification course. An identical final exam and OSHA-aligned safety training certificate applies, no matter which of the three format options you choose below.

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Our online trainings are great for those who want to learn at their own pace and on their own time. Online trainings can be completed from any location, eliminating the need for expensive seminars.

Employers can assign employees specific trainings and keep track of their progress and exam scores. We also offer group trainings, company accounts, and even bulk discounts for businesses.

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Training Kit

Our kits are the perfect resource for those who want the freedom of training employees themselves. Unlike traditional trainings that are taken once, the kit offers a complete initial training as well as activities and materials to train employees long after they’ve been certified.

These materials include practical evaluations, exams, toolbox trainings, accident profiles, ect.

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Train the Trainer

Train-the-trainer courses allow employers to take full control of the training process. Employees who take these courses are fully certified to use the training kit and train others.

This means that employers can hold training seminars and courses without the need for third-party trainers. We will also include a training presentation and materials to train others.

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When you purchase (credits) you are essentially buying seats in a virtual classroom. You may assign any employee(s) to any class(es) at any time until those (seats) have all been assigned.

Whether you are looking to save on a few guys or your whole crew, we make it affordable for everyone to get safety training. These discounts are available on all of our online trainings! Look below to see the breakdown of what you can save when you buy your course seats (credits) in bulk with Safety Provisions.

Online Safety Training FAQs

What does each online class cover?

Generally speaking, each course covers the following: 1. Overview of the Course/Introduction to the Equipment 2. Anatomy, including pre-shift inspections 3. Stability Principles 4. Common Hazards/Accident Profiles 5. Safe Operation 6. Rigging and Hand Signals (for crane courses only).

How long is the course?

Trainees go at their own pace, but in general each class (including the exam) takes anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. We recommend planning for two or more so you don’t end up rushing through the exam.

Are these courses OSHA-aligned?

All of our Hard Hat Training online courses were built and continue to be updated by our trainers and inspectors using OSHA and ANSI guidelines. But it is important to understand that by OSHA-aligned, we mean it follows to the best of our ability the best practices and safety principles put forth by OSHA. In an online format, it is not possible to cover every code for every situation or hazard across every industry. For this reason, our safety training solutions are tools to further knowledge and help employers train and/or certify their crew. But just because a course or program is OSHA-aligned it does not necessarily mean a company as a whole will be aligned or avoid citation if OSHA were to audit them. There is so much more that goes into collective company alignment with OSHA. For example, workers need to be observed applying in the field what they learned in the classroom. This observation/practical exam should be done by trainers, supervisors, or other designated competent persons. Whether you use our training kits or online courses, we provide guides to help employers do this. Other things that need to be done for ultimate alignment may include but are not limited to: addressing with your crew any gaps in the training or additional hazards or principles specific to your work situation; creating, training on, and enforcing and abiding by written safety programs (also known as plans or procedures); and performing regular inspections and risk assessments.

Are the e-learning classes up-to-date with OSHA standards?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses are up-to-date with the latest OSHA standards. As standards change, we make changes to the courses. If you purchase any of our online courses outright, though, it will then be your responsibility to update the course in accordance with any changes to the standard.

Does this course certify or qualify me?

There is a lot of confusion among operators and even companies about what it means to be certified or qualified. Simply put, no, a course does not certify anyone, only an employer does. Or, in other words, because it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee is properly trained, it is also his or her responsibility to say when the employee is “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.” The online courses, like our training kits on CD or USB Drive or even live training via a 3rd party, is just a tool to help them in doing so.

According to OSHA, all operators of heavy equipment must receive operator training. Proper training must include a classroom portion including a written exam, as well as a practical hands-on portion/exam wherein the operator is observed operating the machine. The online course satisfies the required classroom portion of the training. Upon completion of the course and written exam, the safety administrator of the company will receive a checklist which can be used to observe the trainee on the machine. When done successfully, the administrator signs the bottom of the form. At this point, unless further training is required by your employer, you have done everything required by OSHA to be considered by your employer as “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.”

If I pass this class and exam can I take my certification and get a job anywhere?

See “Does this course certify me?” This will depend on your employer. Remember, it is their responsibility to see that you are trained and if there is ever an accident, it is they who will have to prove to OSHA that they trained you sufficiently. Because of this, while some smaller businesses may simply accept your certificate and a copy of your test, more often than not they will require you to go through their own training program. This is their right to do so. It is their further responsibility to train you in accordance with the job, site, equipment, etc. Having said that, we have fielded many calls from potential employers who wanted to learn more about the classroom portion of the training we offered. After hearing our explanation, they accepted the online class as satisfying the classroom portion of the required training and proceeded to do their own practical.

How long is the training good for?

OSHA standards dictate that safety certification needs to be completed at least once every three years. Since no online course can provide “certification,” these courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill OSHA’s requirements for up to three years. Having said that, refresher training is required sooner if an employee changes sites or jobs, is asked to operate a different type of the equipment, is involved in a near-miss or accident, or is observed operating the machine in a dangerous manner.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course and exam, you will have immediate electronic access to your test, a certificate, and a checklist you can use for the practical hands-on portion of the training. Simply print them off.

How many people can use this course? Can I play it for several employees at the same time?

When a course is assigned to an employee, only that employee can take the course. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly the course is designed to train that one employee per OSHA regulations. Also, there is a final written exam at the end that will be linked to the trainee assigned. OSHA requires proof of training and if multiple people were to sit in on that one course, they would not get credit for taking it.

Can I customize the classes?

Your business’s learning portal can be completely customized for your employees including colors and logo. Additionally, if you purchase our courses outright to be used on your own company LMS (learning management system), you also get the right to rebuild them and customize them to meet your own needs. If you have Adobe Captivate, which we use to build our courses, customization is even easier.

Are SCORM/Tin Can options available for use on our own company LMS?

All of our online courses are designed to be SCORM-compatible and can be easily uploaded to your company’s current SCORM-friendly LMS. You can license their use annually or purchase them outright. Licensing or purchasing them outright does not, however, give you the right to resell or distribute our courses to parties other than those whom you are training.

If we buy or license the eLearning courses for use on our own LMS, can you customize them for us?

Yes, we have done and continue to do this for clients. Pricing depends on the extent of customization requested. Please contact us for a quote.

Can I resell these trainings?

We do have resale options available. Contact us regarding resale opportunities.

How do I Look Up My OSHA Alignment Safety Certification?

So, you have already purchased a course from us, taken the online training, and passed the certifaction exam with flying colors. Now what? Most people want to print off a copy of thier OSHA Alignment Safety Certification and keep it for your records. Learn how to do that.

24 reviews for Radiofrequency (RF) Awareness Online Training & Certification

  1. Odiljon Turaev

    Thank you

    • Hard Hat Training

      You are most welcome, Odiljon. Thank YOU for your great review on the course.

  2. David D.

    good training

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you, David, for you review. We’re glad that you found the training so good.

  3. Erwin G.

    Very informative, well presented and easy to learn. Nothing more. Its all good

    • Hard Hat Training

      Wow! Thanks for the awesome review, Erwin! We’re so happy that you found the course to be informative and easy to follow along with. Thank you for your great feedback.

  4. James S.

    Easy to navigate and good information

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thanks, James. We’re glad that you were able to get through the course so smoothly and that you found it informative.

  5. Tim S.


    • Hard Hat Training

      Hey Tim,
      Thank you for the 5-star review. If there is anything else we can help with please let us know!

  6. Trent Y.

    because it’s a good course

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you, Trent, for leaving us such a great review. We’re glad that the course was so good, and we hope to see you return for any of your other training needs.

  7. delaney

    informative course. make it longer with more information

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thanks for the feedback, Delaney. It is not often that we hear people asking for a course to be longer with even more information, so we are thrilled that you have requested that. We will be sure to take your feedback into account, and we hope that you continue to reach out if you ever have any training needs.

  8. Tim E.

    good course

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thanks for your review, Tim! We appreciate the feedback and are glad the course was so good for you.

  9. Chester Q.

    Straight forward training and certification

    • Hard Hat Training

      We appreciate the feedback, Chester. We’re glad the training was educational for you and that everything was easy to understand.

  10. Trevor H.

    it will save lives

    • Hard Hat Training

      Absolutely, Trevor! We take this training seriously, and we’re glad that you see the value in it. Thanks for the review!

  11. Hyrum S.

    Head protection is necessary, good training!

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you, Hyrum. We couldn’t agree more! We really want others to know about the training and always practice good safety. Thanks for your feedback and sharing your experience.

  12. Morgan D.

    very easy to underestand, muy facil de entender los temas, very interactive, muy interactivo

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you, Morgan! We appreciate your awesome comments and your 5 stars. We’re glad that you found the course so great. ¡Gracias de nuevo por la reseña!

  13. Gonsalo Reyes

    Good training

    • Hard Hat Training

      Hi Gilbert! Thank you for leaving your review! We are glad that your training was great! Let us know if there is anything else we can do to further assist you. Thanks for choosing Hardhat!

  14. Gilbert Reyes

    Great training

    • Hard Hat Training

      Hi Gilbert, I’m glad that the training went well for you and that you had a good experience with it! Thanks for choosing Hardhat!

  15. John B.

    very nesessary

  16. Leo J.

    It was simple and easy to follow along and understand

  17. Joseph R.


  18. Eli H.

    Adequate knowledge and information

  19. Wyatt J.

    Simple easy instructions

  20. Kia

    Adequate knowledge and information

  21. Mikhail Mekurenkov (verified owner)

    Simple easy instructions

  22. Drew Smith

    Easy to use and informative

  23. equero

    Very Very informative training. This certification have helped me improved my safety skills and job skills in my IT career. Thank you

  24. Marcus Williams

    good info and easy to follow

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How Does Online Training Work?

Each employee or individual takes the online course at their own pace. Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam (Employers or managers may assign employees to specific safety courses). Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam.

Instant access to your safety certification and wallet card is granted when the online course is completed and the subsequent online exam is passed. Once the online exam is passed, administer the practical exam. We suggest correcting any mistakes and having the trainee initial the edit on the practical exam sheet. Congratulations! You have finished your online safety training course.


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