If your company has an Occupational Hearing Conservation program, this course is for you! If you are a nurse or an allied medical and industrial health practitioner, you will learn to perform pure tone air conduction hearing tests and other associated duties of the Occupational Hearing Conservationist (OHC) as a member of the occupational hearing conservation team.

All participants will have ample opportunity to practice hearing testing utilizing a variety of audiometry equipment with one-on-one instruction from the faculty.

The registration fee of $725.00 includes course materials, CAOHC (Council for Accreditation for Occupational Hearing Conservation) manual and processing of your exam, certification application to CAOHC and CEU certificate.

All exams are now conducted online while in the classroom. Participants will need to bring their own laptop computer for testing.

This is a CAOHC-Approved course.

This course is eligible for 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) (20 contact hours).

Nurses – This activity has been designed to meet Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 20 (60 minute) contact hours, and ABOHN requirements for certification.

Safety Professionals – This course is designed to meet the criteria for Continuance of Certification (COC) as specified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).


OHCs who complete the CAOHC training course can be, depending upon the program as established by the supervising professional, responsible for the following activities:

  • Visually inspecting the ear to rule out any condition that might interfere with the test.
  • Taking a medical history.
  • Audiometric testing, including baseline, annual and in some cases retesting.
  • Screening the audiograms and selecting problem audiograms for review by the professional supervisor (an audiologist or physician).
  • Referring to the appropriate sources for further testing or medical treatment.
  • Functional check of the audiometer before each use, and making sure that it gets calibrated at the appropriate times.
  • Recordkeeping.
  • Notifying employees of a standard threshold shift in a timely manner once those shifts have been identified by the supervising professional.
  • Educating, training, and counseling employees.
  • Selecting, fitting, and supervising the wearing of hearing protection devices.


As a result of completing this learning activity, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate proficiency in pure tone hearing threshold testing techniques on manual and microprocessor audiometers,
  • describe basic ear anatomy/physiology as well as how to perform an otoscopic exam,
  • list parameters of sound as they relate to hearing testing,
  • list various aspects of industrial hearing conservation programs, employee education, and federal and state regulations, and
  • review updated information regarding current instrumentation and products.

Class location is in University Office Plaza located at 2221 University Avenue Southeast, Rooms 114/116, Minneapolis, MN, 55414.

COVID-19 Safety Notice

The following guidelines have been instituted to maintain the safety of all students and faculty attending in-person courses:

  • All students and faculty must wear a mask (covering both nose and mouth) while inside the building.
  • Temperature checks will be conducted daily prior to entering the classroom.
  • Students are asked to reschedule their course if they are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
  • Students will be assigned seats spaced 6 feet apart from each other and from instructors.
  • Instructional activities have been adapted to maintain a safe distance throughout the course.
  • Food and drink are not to be consumed in the classroom; ample break time will be allowed throughout the course for students to leave the classroom. Additionally, a 1 hour lunch period is provided to allow students to leave the building to eat. Plan to bring a lunch or visit a nearby restaurant (many located within walking distance).
  • Persons unwilling or unable to follow the above guidelines will be asked to leave the class and reschedule for a future date. Refunds will not be provided in this case.


The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of cancellation, you will receive a refund of the course fee. The Midwest Center is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants. The registration fee is refundable if cancellation by the registrant is received seven days prior to the course date. No refund is available after that time.


For questions regarding this course, contact Julie Alcorn-Webb at 612-626-5539 | webbx032@umn.edu.

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