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The GreatEST Institute June 4 – 15, 2018 – Now Taking Applications

blue hazmatThe GreatEST Institute

June 4-15, 2018
Davenport, Iowa

OSHA Health and Safety

Instructor Training

The Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (CCCHST)

Instructors are prepared through a 10-day Train-the-Trainer Program called the GreatEST Institute (Great Environmental Safety Training Institute) to deliver required certifications for public and private responders and workers including:


  • 40-hour Waste Site Worker Health and Safety
  • 24-hour Industrial Emergency Response
  • DOT Haz Mat Awareness
  • Confined Space Non Entry Rescue
  • Hazard Awareness and Communication
  • Disaster Site Worker Awareness

Instructors use CCCHST curriculum to train workers and responders in their local area and report to PETE the number of courses they provide, for which they are provided a small reimbursement. PETE reports these numbers to NIEHS. CCCHST members may charge for the courses offered in their local area. Instructors reporting numbers may return at least every two years for Instructor Refresher training offered at colleges across the nation.

MEMBERSIn 2016, membership numbered 157 training organizations with 214 trainers in 35 states and two U.S. territories. CCCHST institutions offered 3710 classes to 60,888 students generating 409,579 contact hours this past year.

CCCHST is sponsored by the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) headquartered in South Portland, Maine. PETE is one of twenty-two affiliated councils of the 1,150-member American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the only council whose core mission is environmental, health, safety and security training. PETE has more than 400 community, technical and tribal college members for whom PETE provides faculty development programs, workshops and institutes. This program is supported with grant funding from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Grant #5U45ES019377-08


20 scholarships covering travel, tuition, lodging and some meals are available from PETE.

Apply Now!

The application deadline is February 28, 2017



Please see calender for other upcoming events.

2018 PETE Conference Registration Now Open

2018 National PETE, CCCHST, and NESHTA Regional Instructor Conference


For 2018, we are offering 3 instructor conferences for your convenience.

  • April 25-27, 2018 Heritage Group Safety, Indianapolis, IN (Conference brochure coming soon)
  • July 17-19, 2018 Barton County Community College, Junction City KS (Conference brochure coming soon)
Register Online

Please Note: Speakers who wish to participate in the full conference will be expected to cover the cost of registration. Unfortunately we do not cover any travel expenses.

Notice for CETs. CETs can earn re-certification credit by attending or presenting sessions and workshops at PETE/NESHTA conferences. Care should be taken to distinguish between credits earned for instructional techniques and technical topics.For details, refer to BCSP’s publication, Acceptable Recertification Support Documentation, which is available at

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