School of public health and community medicine Department of environmental health University of Washington

Continuing Education -- FAQ

Why should I attend?

There are many reasons to attend the DEH continuing education programs. Here are just a few:

  • Improve your professional skills vital to success in your field.
  • Receive up-to-the-minute training for your field of expertise.
  • Attend programs designed & delivered to keep you abreast of the rapid changes taking place in industry.
  • Meet other safety & health professionals.
What are other people saying about DEH continuing education courses?

Here are a few comments about our courses from participants:

  • "I have attended several classes elsewhere, but I got more out of the [DEH CE] classes than any of the rest."
  • "I'm taking back [to work] useful tools and wish [my boss] would take these classes herself."
  • "Look forward to using this info at work Monday morning."
  • "Resource material was provided for independent study and further professional development."
  • "Speakers are excited about their specialties."
  • "Excellent!"
  • "Whole program benefited me by presenting the status quo and challenging me to think and act beyond it to stay at the crest of the wave."
How do I register?
    Registration is easy. Complete our on-line registration form and click "submit".
What options do I have for registration payment?
    The DEH Continuing Education program accepts credit cards (Visa or Mastercard) and checks made payable to the University of Washington.
If you wish to pay with a credit card, please call us (800-326-7568) with your card number. We do not yet have a secure server for processing payment.
What kind of discounts or scholarships do you offer?
    Scholarships may be available at the student rate (the student rate, when available, varies from class to class). Please submit a letter explaining why a scholarship is requested when you submit your registration. In our larger classes, we often offer a 15% discount for groups of two or more. The registrations must be submitted together, and those requesting scholarships are not eligible for the discount. Please refer to the course descriptions to find out whether there are any discounts or scholarship available for the class. If you have any questions, please call our offices at (800) 326-7568.
What is included in the registration fee?
    Your registration fee includes course manuals, handouts, and beverage breaks. Generally, lunches are on your own, to give you an opportunity to network with other attendees. (Exception: Focus on Safety full day courses.) Please see each course description for a complete list of what is included in the registration fee.
What kind of professional credit is available?
    Professional credit is available from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and others. Please refer to the course descriptions for available credit.
I'm registered, now what?
    After you have registered, you'll receive a written confirmation letter and directions to the facility approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the course.
How long do courses last?
    In general, courses run from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm each day. Please refer to the course description for an exact schedule.
Where are the course facilities located?

Most of our Seattle courses are held at the Roosevelt Building near the University of Washington. Other Seattle area course locations include the Center for Urban Horticulture near campus and the Mountaineers Building near the Seattle Center. Portland courses are usually held at the HVAC and Metals Institute.

Please refer to the course descriptions for exact locations. You will also receive directions with your registration confirmation letter.

Are there hotels nearby?

The following are pdf documents with information about training locations that we use and the hotel accommodations that are near that facility:

Seattle - Roosevelt Building

Portland - HVAC and Metals Institute

Richland - EnergX Training Institute

Boise - AGC Building

Anchorage - AGC Training Center

What is your cancellation/substitution policy?

In the event you can not attend a course you have registered for, there are a few options -- you can either cancel your registration, transfer your registration to anouther course or send a substitute in your place.

If you choose to cancel, we must receive your cancellation in writing (mail, fax, or email). Refunds, minus a cancellation fee ($50 for NW Center, $100 fee for OSHA Training courses), will be issued up to one week before the start date of the course. If you cancel within the week prior to the course or do not attend the course without notifying us, your tuition fees are forfeit.

If you choose to transfer your registration, we must receive your request in writing with at least 48-hours notice. Please state the course you are transferring out of, the course you are transferring into, and the reason for the transfer. Transfer to another course is only granted twice per course registration. If you are unable to attend the course after the second transfer, the above cancellation fees and policy applies.

What do I do if a course is canceled?
    The DEH Continuing Education program reserves the right to cancel courses as necessary. If a course is cancelled, participants will be notified by email, mail, or phone. Participants will also have a choice of having payment refunded, or being issued a credit voucher for the amount of their registration fee.
Is a student visa required for students from foreign countries?
    Northwest Center and Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center students from foreign countries, including Canada and Mexico, staying in the US for an extended period of time to attend our courses (approximately 2-4 weeks or more) may be required by the INS to have a student visa for this period of study in the U.S. For visa questions, please call Peter Voeller at 206-685-6361 or e-mail him at

For more information on the DEH CE program, please contact our office.
Northwest Center : (206) 543-1069
OSHA Training Institute : (206) 685-3089 or (800) 326-7568
Fax: (206) 685-3872
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