Superintendent’s Memo #129-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

May 17, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction Standards 510 and OSHA Construction 500 Train-the-Trainer Courses

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), in collaboration with certified Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) faculty from West Virginia University, will conduct an OSHA 510 Construction Standards Course and OSHA 500 Construction Train-the-Trainer Course for Virginia trade and industrial education instructors who require initial OSHA certification or recertification.  Both courses will be held at the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Virginia in conjunction with the Virginia Association of Trade and Industrial Educators (VATIE) Summer Conference as follows:  July 27-30, 2013 – OSHA 510; and August 5-8, 2013 – OSHA 500.  Workshop registration and materials will be paid for by VDOE.  All travel related expenses will be the responsibility of the instructor.

To participate in the OSHA 500 course, instructors must bring proof that they have had the prerequisite OSHA 510 or were certified previously in OSHA 500 or 502.  Successful completion of the OSHA 500 course will enable instructors to teach and award students an OSHA 10 or 30 card during the next four years.

Each instructor will be provided a paper copy manual and a CD that has digital copies of the OSHA 500 with over 80 PowerPoint presentations on the OSHA construction standards.  These curriculum resources are designed to be integrated into construction trade and other related courses.

To enroll in the OSHA courses, instructors must complete the attached registration form and return it by June 3, 2013, to the Office of Career and Technical Education Services at, or by fax at 804-530-4560.  The OSHA class enrollments are limited and will be assigned upon receipt of the registration form.

If you have questions, please contact Edward Sullivan, specialist for trade and industrial education and related clusters, at or by telephone at 804-225-3119.



  1. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction 510 Standards and OSHA Construction 500 Train-the-Trainer Courses Registration Form (Word)