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How Do I Become an HSE Supervisor?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

An HSE supervisor is a person who works for a company or entity and manages the health, safety, and environmental (HSE) procedures that company needs to adhere to by law. In order to become an HSE supervisor, you will first need to graduate from high school with a keen interest in sciences and math. You will then need to apply for a college degree program in environmental studies or other sciences. A bachelor's degree is usually the minimum qualification if you want to become an HSE supervisor, though some companies may require a master's degree.

While you are earning your college degree, it is a wise decision to seek out part-time jobs, internships, or apprenticeships in the field that will help you become an HSE supervisor after graduation. Even environmental volunteer work will help you build qualifications that employers will look for during a search for a qualified candidate. If your college or university offers coursework that deals directly with HSE operations, enroll in those classes if you are qualified. Learn as much about the job as possible so you are more prepared to become an HSE supervisor when your job search begins.

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Be prepared to take an entry-level position right out of college. You will not become an HSE supervisor right away, as this is usually a more senior position that is held by a candidate with up to five years of experience in the field. You may start out as support staff or an HSE assistant, and while you work in this position, you will gain valuable skills and experience that will prepare you for an eventual promotion to HSE supervisor. It is important that you exhibit a strong work ethic regardless of the position you currently hold, and you should do as much as possible to develop your credentials by taking courses, attending seminars, and working with more experienced professionals.

If you get the opportunity to take on team leader positions or other supervisory jobs, take them. This will give you the credentials you will need to become an HSE supervisor later on in your career. Managers and other superiors will take note of your work ethic as well as your skills as a team leader, thereby improving your chances of becoming a supervisor. Be sure to do some research into other qualifications that may be necessary for you to become an HSE supervisor. Employers may require certain certifications or licenses from job candidates, in which case you will need to go about earning such qualifications.

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