Learn How to Become a Cal/OSHA Inspector

Cal/OSHA inspector at a farm. Become a Cal/OSHA Inspector

Looking for an exciting career opportunity as a Cal/OSHA inspector? This webpage provides helpful information on the hiring process for prospective applicants.

Currently, Cal/OSHA has over 60 inspector job opportunities available throughout California. To locate potential offices, you can visit the Cal/OSHA Enforcement Regional and District Offices webpage or visit our enforcement regional map to view locations.

To view general information about working for Cal/OSHA, including the unparalleled benefits and competitive salaries, please visit our Work for Cal/OSHA webpage.


Generally, to join our team, the process consists of three important steps:

  • Step 1: Passing an exam
  • Step 2: Applying for job openings
  • Step 3: Interviewing for a position

Anyone can apply, but you must meet the minimum qualifications for specific job. Specific details about the application process and the minimum qualifications for certain jobs are described below. More information is available at the Work for Cal/OSHA webpage.

Cal/OSHA is Hiring Inspectors

Read the "Minimum Qualifications" on the Junior Safety Engineer job specification, Assistant Safety Engineer job specification and Associate Safety Engineer job specification to learn what classification you may qualify for and is the right fit for you.

Exams: To be hired for the Junior, Assistant, or Associate Safety Engineer positions, you must pass an exam. Depending on the position you would like to apply for, you must take either the Junior, Assistant, or Associate Safety Engineer exam. Some job postings are accepting both Assistant Safety Engineer and Associate Safety Engineer applicants, therefore, you are encouraged to take both exams if you meet the "Minimum Qualifications".

Industrial Hygienists are encouraged to apply to Associate Safety Engineer job postings with the working title of “Cal/OSHA Enforcement Inspector.”

Ready to Apply for a Cal/OSHA Inspector job opening?

See a list of the Cal/OSHA Inspector jobs available

Have questions? Want to learn more?

For assistance, contact Cal/OSHA by sending an email to DIRJobs@dir.ca.gov

March 2024