Continuing Education


The Continuing Education program of the Central Appalachian Region Education and Research Center (CARERC) is focused on increasing opportunities for employees and employers in Central Appalachia to receive occupational safety and health education and training. This training is intended to address the unique circumstances of work in Central Appalachia. Our mission is to provide quality, regionally-focused OSH CE opportunities accessible to Central Appalachian practitioners and to develop innovative courses, using the expertise and strengths of CARERC faculty and staff, to address workplace injury and illness in Central Appalachia.



The UK CARERC, the newest of the ERCs, has been receiving funding only since 2012. The CARERC CE training incorporates each discipline of the Center as well as external partnerships. Academic faculty and staff are committed to active participation in the CE program either as members of the planning committee, as speakers for our monthly CARERC seminar, or as course directors.  The overall goal remains on focusing our CE program on the unique occupational needs of workers in Central Appalachia and expanding access to CE course opportunities for employees and our students remains the driving focus of our work. The following objectives guide this core:

  1. Develop opportunities for professional education by enhancing existing CE Courses. We work to leverage the well-developed curriculum of existing CE providers, such as the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Eastern Kentucky University and medical and nursing and mining CE providers at the University of Kentucky.  OSHA TI EC was established in 2003 and primarily serves Federal Region IV, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The Center draws upon a total of 17 instructors with more than 250 years of industry experience. OSHA TI EC offers 29 regular courses, examination preparation for the Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM), and an OSH Certificate Program for Correctional Safety Officers.

  2. Develop new continuing education courses and workshops. One objective of the CARERC is to develop unique course offerings based on the strengths and interests of the faculty in the center and the needs of the working population in the region. 

  3. Establish an annual Central Appalachian OSH Symposium. We offer an annual symposium held in Central Appalachia which focuses on a topic of current and regional interest in the occupational safety and health community.  The purpose of the symposium series is to better equip practitioners to protect the safety and health of workers.

  4. Use social media for informing the network of trainees, employees and employers of opportunities for continuing education and knowledge sharing among OSH professionals. Follow CARERC activities and announcements on our Facebook page.

  5. Leverage new technologies and instructional designs to offer CE training that is readily accessible to a broad ground of workers across industries and occupations.

Training Events

The Continuing Education program of the CARERC offers a wide variety of interdisciplinary training programs, events, and certificates. These trainings rely on the expertise of the CARERC faculty and partners. Beginning in 2012, a professional seminar series was launched for CARERC trainees and other occupational health and safety professionals. The seminar series is ongoing, with new topics and speakers scheduled for each academic semester including a variety of topics across industries prevalent in our 5 state region. Lecturers have included faculty from UK’s Agricultural Engineering, College of Public Health, College of Education, Department of Forestry, as well as Kentucky State University’s Aquaculture Research Center. Attendees have been exposed to topics across disciplines including a lecture on zoonotic disease; health and safety in the fishing industry; skin disease and personal protective equipment, timber industry health and safety; lower back pain biomechanics and occupational low back pain.

Other examples include industry-based occupational health and safety programs such as:

  • A safety and health program for some 9000 team members who work at the Toyota Georgetown, KY facility.

  • A Nursing Leadership and Practice program within vulnerable settings(for example: correctional facilities, understaffed units) and with vulnerable populations (Service Veterans).

  • Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Program: Transportation Injury Prevention

  • Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (EPHTN) Geographic Information System (GIS) Training

  • Kentucky Public Health Assistance and Support Team (K-PHAST) training in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Health.  K-PHAST is a team of volunteers trained to respond to Public Health emergencies and assist with special projects at the state and local levels.

  • FEMA certificates in Incident Command System and National Incident Management System.