At OSHAcademy, we go above and beyond in online occupational safety and training. In addition to our comprehensive training courses, such as the EM 385-1-1, HAZWOPER, and 10- and 30-hour courses, we also give students access to exclusive certificate programs at Columbia Southern University, emphasizing our dedication to top-tier education.

Columbia Southern University (CSU)

CSU is a top university who provides online associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees and certificate programs in fire science, occupational safety and health, organizational leadership, criminal justice, human resources, business administration and more!

10% Tuition Discount

As a Learning Partner, OSHAcademy students who complete and purchase a qualifying OSHAcademy program can receive a 10% tuition discount and exclusive scholarship opportunities at CSU. This represents a potential tuition savings* of $1,620 for an associates (AS) degree, $3,240 for a bachelors (BS) degree, and $1,256 for a masters (MS) degree.

*Based on tuition rates as of August 2023.

Free Textbooks

OSHAcademy's learning partnership with CSU also provides textbooks at no cost! If you have every had to pay for textbooks, you know how expensive they can be. Over the course of your degree program, this can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Qualifying OSHAcademy Programs

Many of OSHAcademy's programs qualify for the learning partnership, including construction, oil and gas, online hazwoper training, and EM385-1-1.
  • General Industry
    • 132-hour Occupational Safety and Health Professional
  • Construction
    • 192-hour Construction Safety and Health Professional
    • 162-hour Construction Safety and Health Manager
    • 145-hour Construction Site Safety Supervisor
    • 130-hour Construction Safety and Health Specialist
  • Oil and Gas
    • 233-hour Oil and Gas Safety and Health Professional
    • 192-hour Oil and Gas Safety and Health Manager
    • 164-hour Oil and Gas Safety and Health Supervisor
    • 155-hour Oil and Gas Safety and Health Specialist
  • Public Sector
    • 40-hour EM 385-1-1 Construction Safety Hazard Awareness for Contractors
  • Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response
    • 40-hour HAZWOPER for General Site Workers
CSU & OSHAcademy Articulation Agreement

Columbia Southern University (CSU) and OSHAcademy established an articulation agreement that allows OSHAcademy students who have completed and purchased certificates for a qualifying program to apply OSHAcademy training as transfer credits to CSU.

Please contact CSU directly with any transcript/transfer questions.

Qualifying OSHAcademy Programs

General Industry
Oil and Gas
Hazardous Materials
    40-hr HAZWOPER program
    • OSH 2303 Hazardous Materials Safety (3 credits)
    • represents potential tuition savings of $810*

*Savings are calculated based on CSU tuition rates for non-Learning Partner students as of January 2024.

Course Equivalency/General Notes
  • If multiple major certificates or intermediate certificates are submitted, courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to account for the overlap of OSHAcademy courses in granting credit.
  • Direct transfer credit for a CSU course requires the transfer course to be a minimum of 3 semester hours and credit may only transfer in multiples of 3 semester hours for the Program Electives category.
  • Program Electives application dependent upon program director approval.
  • Credit awarded is subject to degree requirements at the time of enrollment and the current transfer credit policy, which are subject to change.
  • Duplicate transfer credit is not permissible.
  • CSU is in the process of converting to new course numbers.
Columbia Southern University Scholarships

CSU Safety Scholarship

Columbia Southern University is offering two scholarships to any person that is a current CSU Occupational Safety and Health student or plans to enroll in an OSH degree. Each scholarship will cover up to $13,500 in one online degree program. The scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient's tuition for up to three years or until the completion of the selected online degree program, whichever comes first.

Scholarship Application Period

Scholarship Application Period Scholarship Award Month
January 19 - May 22 June
June 4 - Nov 30 December

CSU Safety Scholarship Information

Accredited Degree Programs

Columbia Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees, and certificates. CSU is licensed by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals recognizes CSU degrees for both the CSP application and for credit towards recertification in the Continuance of Certification program.

CSU offers many services to their students. Services include no application fee, no evaluation fee, complimentary tutoring, and flexible or structured enrollment systems. All textbooks are provided at no cost through a CSU book grant.

Learn more by visiting or call 800-355-4977 and speak with an OSH admissions representative today!

Tips for Foreign Students
  • All CSU classes are taught in English, so you must be able to read and write English well to succeed.
  • To do your complementary evaluation for possible transfer credit, CSU will need a copy of your high school transcript or equivalent.
  • If you have college credit from a school outside of the USA, we will need an official copy of that transcript.
  • If your transcript is in a foreign language, we will need a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) evaluation of that transcript.
  • If you transcript is in English or has been previously translated into English, a NACES evaluation may still be required. Your admissions counselor will provide you with additional details.
  • Job Training classes (OSHAcademy classes, OSHA training, etc.) will also be evaluated for possible college credit.