TRADESAFE TOP 10 BEST LOCKOUT TAGOUT TRAINING COURSES (Updated 2021)

Herbert Post April 25, 2020 8 min read

Top 10 Best Lockout Tagout Training Courses

Lockout/Tagout training is an important requirement and good general safety practice in many industries. As a manager it’s a bit of a challenge to find education on the subject that’s best suited for your particular situation. Price, depth of learning, industry, and accessibility are all slightly different in each course.

We don’t sell or provide training, but who does is often a question we get. So, we set out to find the best OSHA 1910.147 lockout tagout training programs that were generally accessible to everyone regardless of your geographical location.  We reviewed countless options and compiled our own subjective and objective opinions on each of the top 10 that made the final cut.  All the systems listed are comprehensive quality options.  Any criticisms are outweighed by their positive  characteristics, otherwise the course wouldn’t have made the list. We feel this is the best summary and overview we can provide with the information at our disposal, but will continue to make any updates as things evolve.

It is important to remember that the online Lockout/Tagout course is only one part of the required workplace training, and further on-the-job training provided by the employer is required in addition to a course certificate in many instances.

Sorted from least to most expensive.

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: OSHA LOCKOUT-TAGOUT INTERACTIVE TRAINING PROGRAM 

FREE

Website: https://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/lototraining/index.html

Pros

  • Free for anyone to take the Lockout/Tagout Interactive Training Program.
  • Provides legislative links for every point.
  • Provides case studies with questions to ensure critical thinking and understanding.
  • Course is Available 24/7.

Cons

  • Presentation provided in only one format, written. There are no visuals, graphics, or videos to appeal to different learning styles.
  • No certificate available. A company would have to supervise their own course and create and print their own documentation as proof of training.
  • Presentation would be especially tedious for experienced workers who complete Lockout/Tagout procedures daily.
  • Employers could encounter difficulties for those employees at a low literacy level.

General Overview

The Department of Labor Lockout/Tagout course covers all information that pertains to regulations and provides a full bodied internet based delivery. The references to legislation for each training point is particularly helpful if you are taking training in order to write a Lockout/Tagout safety policy and program or an inspection schedule and list.

The delivery of this course would be most beneficial for supervisors and higher level corporate employees who would not be directly completing Lockout/Tagout procedures. 

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NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL

Starting at $14.95

Website: https://nsc.puresafety.com/Ondemand/Home

Pros

  • Multiple types of Lockout/Tagout courses available between $14.95 and $29.95.
  • Multiple time frames for the courses run from approximately 10 minutes to 1 hour providing time effective training for authorized, affected, and other employees.
  • Live support is available during specified hours.
  • Training provided in two languages: English and Chinese.

Cons

  • In order to find the courses, you have to click through several pages of training courses, or type the search term Lockout/Tagout exactly as italicized here to bring up all the courses on one page.
  • Course descriptions are very lean and do not reference standard 26 CFR 1910.147 in description.

General Overview

The National Safety Council provides multiple levels of Lockout/Tagout training to suit the needs of employers. Lockout/Tagout awareness addresses the needs of affected employees and other employees. Authorized employees can take an electrical and Lockout/Tagout course, a construction Lockout/Tagout course, and an international Lockout/Tagout course is also available. The National Safety Council is a nation wide association that also has membership benefits, including training benefits.

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360 TRAINING OSHA CAMPUS

Starting at $19.00

Website: https://www.360training.com/osha-campus/

Pros

  • Multiple student discount available.
  • Course provides a certificate of completion.
  • Course available 24/7.
  • Structured course that saves your progress as you are completing it.
  • Customer support is available, lost certificates can be replaced.
  • Bulk purchase discounts available.
  • Three levels of Lockout/Tagout training offered.
  • Training provided in two languages: English and Spanish

Cons

  • Students must print their own certificates.
  • Course expires in one year, which is not a requirement by the Department of Labor, but is a 360 Training website expiry.

General Overview

Duration of course is designed to be completed in 1 hour with a printable certificate available once it is complete. This is a good option to use for employees and employers who are looking for an independently taken course with a Learning Management System delivery. 360 Training provides three different training levels to address the three different training levels required for authorized employees, affected employees, and other employees.

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E-TRAINING

$20.00

Website: https://etraintoday.com/course-catalog/osha-training/lockout-tagout/

Pros

  • Provides a 5 minute demo video to determine if the delivery and course content is suitable for your operations.
  • Provides the option of a mobile delivery for employees who are not at a computer.
  • Customer service provided.
  • Simple course sign up and delivery.
  • Employee course tracking available.
  • References standard 26 CFR 1910.147 in description.
  • Certificate available immediately.

Cons

  • Students must print certificates themselves.

General Overview

The Lockout/Tagout course offered by E-Training is designed to be 1 hour in length. It is standard 26 CFR 1910.147 approved including the steps to be taken when there is a possibility of unexpected release of stored energy after Lockout/Tagout procedures have been initiated. The website is streamlined and easy to use, and they provide mobile training options for ease of delivery in all situations. Employee course tracking is a great value add on within the price of the course.

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OSHA ACADEMY

Free course, certificates provided starting at $20.99

Website:  https://www.oshatrain.org/courses/mods/

Pros

  • The course is available to take for free if a certificate is not required.
  • Duration of course is 6 hours, this is beneficial if in-depth information is needed.
  • Course study guide and resources also provided free.
  • References standard 26 CFR 1910.147 in descriptions

Cons

  • Course duration is 6 hours and may not be ideal for employees classified as affected employees and other employees.

General Overview

OSHAcademy course format, delivery, and certificate options provide a very flexible solution for many employers. While the provided course online may not be ideal for employees classified as affected and other employees due to the 6 hour length, it does leave the option to have a company member to become a trainer within the company. The trainer can then provide the Lockout/Tagout training to employees as all the course materials are provided free of charge allowing a trainer to teach a Lockout/Tagout course in house. The greater range of information and training is ideal for authorized employees, management, and trainers.

The course identifies the target audience as supervisors, managers, trainers, and employees.

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OSHA EDUCATION CENTER

$24.95

Website: https://www.oshaeducationcenter.com/compliance-training/electrical-safety-lockout-tagout-certificate/

Pros

  • Course is available 24/7.
  • Trainees are able to log on and off as many times as needed.
  • Course is not timed and trainees have 180 days to complete.
  • A course trainer is available by email to answer any questions.
  • Training provided in two languages: English and Spanish

Cons

  • List of course content not available for analysis.
  • May not be ideal for authorized employees.
  • Does not indicate or reference standard 26 CFR 1910.147 in course description.

General Overview

The course description is very scant without any references to the actual course content. It does address the need for Lockout/Tagout training and safe practices to reduce the probability of severe injury due to the stored electrical energy and stored energy in machines. The course indicates that it meets the OSHA requirements for training and is designed to be completed in 1 hour.

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XO SAFETY

$49.00

Website: https://www.xosafety.com/products/lockout-tagout-online-course

Pros

  • Live chat available for questions, associates are very helpful.
  • Video components for visual examples.
  • Access to a full learning management system when a course is purchased.
  • References standard 26 CFR 1910.147 in description.

Cons

  • Course length not given in the course description.
  • Course description does not indicate if you can pause the course, or how long you have to complete it.

General Overview

XO Training provides a robust in topics course that involves slides, videos, and quizzes. It goes over important scenarios and situations that can arise when Lockout/Tagout measures are employed. Employers also receive access to free learner management benefits through the learning management system including keeping track of employee records, tracking progress, and creating training reports. Multiple courses can be purchased to train multiple learners in one transaction. The online associate chat function for questions is a very useful tool and they provided the information that the course is designed to be completed in less than 1 hour.

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HARDHAT TRAINING

$29.00

Website: https://www.hardhattraining.com/product/lockout-tagout-online-training/

Pros

  • Live chat available.
  • Multiple student discounts available.
  • Two modes of delivery, individual or group.
  • Self serve group training available: group login provided, test and answer key provided and you administer course and exam. Once complete individual certificates are sent out to the company.
  • Course demo is available.
  • Interactive lesson format.
  • Indicates the course is OSHA compliant.

Cons

  • Price per student is higher than most other courses, unless purchasing more than 25 courses.
  • Webpage indicates the course is approximately 1 hour, but claims the average employee requires 2 – 2.5 hours to complete including the end exam.

General Overview

Hardhat Training has a comprehensive information page providing excellent information in order for employers and/or trainees to understand the course they are about to take. Hardhat Training indicates the Lockout/Tagout course should take approximately 1 hour, however in the FAQ area it indicates that the average employee requires 2 – 2.5 hours to complete. The biggest criticism of the course would be the two different course lengths indicated, however, if the course is more comprehensive due to the extended course length then the higher price per trainee may be justified. The option to provide a group training and have every employee Lockout/Tagout compliant once the on-the-job training is complete is also beneficial. Even though the course description does not reference standard 26 CFR 1910.147 Hardhat Lockout/Tagout does have endorsement from multiple compliance partners.

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COMPLIANCE TRAINING ONLINE

Starting at $29.95

Website: https://www.compliancetrainingonline.com/

Pros

  • Meets compliance by: training and testing, maintaining records with employee name and training date, and providing a certificate.
  • Multiple student discounts available.
  • Course format includes written content, graphics, audio components, quiz questions, and final exam.
  • Trainees may log off and on as many times as needed.
  • There is no time limit set for completing the course once started.
  • References both standard 26 CFR 1910.147 and standard 26 CFR 1926.417
  • Course is also eligible for continuing education credits.
  • Multiple student discounts available

Cons

  • Website uses older style webpage design and execution.
  • Course price is higher than most other training courses of this length.

General Overview

Compliance training online.com indicates the course will take a minimum of 1.5 hours but that it will most likely take longer than that. While the webpage and website are outdated, the information provided on it is current and copyright 2020. The overview and information for the course is comprehensive and indicates a thorough training course. While the course price is on the high end of Lockout/Tagout courses, the multiple student discounts start at 3 students and reaches the highest discount at 21 or more students. 

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BNR ONLINE TRAINING

Starting at $45.00

Website: https://www.bnr-online-training.com/lockout-tagout.html

Pros

  • Offer corporate discounts.

Cons

  • Highest price per student of all the online Lockout/Tagout training.
  • Some misleading information is provided regarding re-certification times.
  • Provides misleading information regarding what constitutes certification by OSHA.
  • Website uses older style website design and execution.

General Overview

Course content is designed to take 30 – 40 minutes to complete with a 10 question test at the end. This makes the price exorbitantly higher when comparing lengths of the course and cost of the course to the others in this list. With regards to the misleading information, OSHA requires both course format and on-the-job training for an employee to be considered Lockout/Tagout certified, taking the course provided by BNR Online Training does not automatically mean the employee is certified unless they have already received their on-the-job training. OSHA also does not indicate that employee must be re-certified every 3 years as this website states, OSHA requires that re-certification is required if there are changes in: the job assignment, the machine, equipment or processes, or there is a newly introduced hazard or control procedure. Re-certification is also required if an inspection reveals the current processes to be inadequate. OSHA recommends that re-certification is taken every 3 years to refresh the information for employees if none of the above conditions appear within the 3 year span. 


POST SCRIPT* If you or your employees are finding there has been a slow down in the quantity of work available, now is a good time to complete some training courses that are needed or may have expired

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Author: Herbert Post

VP Global Compliance at Barron Short Companies LTD. Born in the Philadelphia area and raised in Houston in a family who was predominately employed in heavy manufacturing. Herb took a liking to factory processes and later safety compliance where he has spent the last 13 years facilitating best practices and teaching updated regulations


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