Instructor Qualification

Any individual who wants to become an NSTC instructor must be currently employed by an operator, contractor company or labor union that adheres to the Alaska Safety Handbook, or by a licensed NSTC third-party provider.

Every instructor candidate is required to submit an application and current resume to the Alaska Safety Alliance (ASA). Application materials must show a relevant HSE background, presentation or instruction experience, an ability to address technical safety questions, and a minimum of six months’ working experience on the North Slope.

Once accepted as an instructor candidate, individuals must attend the full-day NSTC Instructor Orientation, offered once per month at the ASA office. After attending orientation, instructor candidates have up to six months to successfully complete all qualification steps required to become an active NSTC instructor.

To apply, please download the NSTC Instructor Application and email it to

How to become qualified as an NSTC Instructor (Unescorted)

  1. Complete the NSTC Instructor Application. Submit application and current resume to ASA office ($75 non-refundable application fee required).
  2. ASA training program manager will review application material and contact applicant directly to schedule attendance at an NSTC Instructor Orientation.
  3. Attend NSTC Instructor Orientation. Orientations are held once per month at the ASA office, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Orientation fees: $325 ASA members/$425 non-members. Includes all instructor materials, NSTC curriculum and one set of the ASH and Environmental Field Handbook.)
  4. Observe an Unescorted course taught by any qualified NSTC instructor. Sign the course roster with your name, listed as “Observer.” Obtain a copy of the roster for documentation and forward to the ASA office.
  5. Review all materials provided at NSTC Instructor Orientation. Familiarize yourself with the curriculum and prepare to teach the Unescorted course.
  6. Schedule an NSTC Unescorted class for you to teach, during which you will be evaluated on your knowledge and delivery of the NSTC curriculum. The course you teach must be at your company and have a minimum of four students (employees of your company) in attendance.
  7. Contact the ASA training program manager to request an NSTC evaluator. When requesting your evaluation, note the date, location and start time of the course you will be teaching. Allow 2 – 3 weeks advance notice prior to your class date. (Note: Travel fees may be required for evaluations occurring outside of the Anchorage area.)
  8. Teach the NSTC Unescorted course. After class, you will receive a verbal and written evaluation from your NSTC evaluator. Evaluator paperwork and course roster will be submitted to the ASA office.
  9. Instructors who successfully pass evaluation will receive a letter of qualification containing their NSTC instructor number. Only then are they qualified to teach the NSTC Unescorted course to other employees within their company.
  10. All NSTC instructors are required to submit annual Instructor Reports, which detail training numbers, show a minimum of eight hours of NSTC instruction and documentation of three hours of HSE-related professional development. Instructor Reports are due January 31for the previous calendar year.