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Earthmover Training Courses

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What is online training? Our online trainings are great for those who want to learn at their own pace and on their own time. Online trainings can be completed from any location, eliminating the need for expensive seminars. Employers can assign employees specific trainings and keep track of their progress and exam scores. We also offer DIY Kits and Train the Trainer courses. Use the filter above to see these options.

About CAL/OSHA Trainings: These trainings are aligned specifically with CAL/OSHA Requirements. They are only applicable to employees working in California. If you work in California and you don’t see what you’re looking for on this page, check out the OSHA Safety Courses. U.S. trainings without a corresponding California version are aligned with Federal OSHA regulations and do not have any specific CAL/OSHA Requirements.

About CAL/OSHA Trainings: These trainings are aligned specifically with CAL/OSHA Requirements. They are only applicable to employees working in California. If you work in California and you don’t see what you’re looking for on this page, check out the OSHA Safety Courses. U.S. trainings without a corresponding California version are aligned with Federal OSHA regulations and do not have any specific CAL/OSHA Requirements.

What is a DIY training kit? Our training kits offer a full training experience alongside a comprehensive toolset for further learning. These kits are the perfect resource for those who want the freedom of training employees themselves. Unlike traditional trainings that are taken once, the kit offers a complete initial training as well as activities and materials to train employees long after they’ve been certified. We also offer online trainings and Train the Trainer courses. Use the filter above to see these options.

What is Train the Trainer? Train-the-trainer courses allow employers to take full control of the training process. Employees who take these courses are fully certified to use the training kit and train others. This means that employers can hold training seminars and courses without the need for third-party trainers. Employees who complete these courses are certified for life and can train others confidently with a well-tested learning model. We also offer online trainings and DIY training kits. Use the filter above to see these options.




Finding earthmover training near you is not necessary because you can complete it online! We’ve become a trusted provider of what we feel is the best earth-moving equipment operator training available. Our safety training courses can be done anywhere. We offer online training optionsWe can get you your certification in as little as two hours with our online training. You can also use a more robust, customizable option through our DIY training kits training. No matter which option you want, we can help you get the industrial hygiene training you want at a price you can afford.

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What’s In The Earthmover Training Courses?

Our earth-moving equipment operator training courses are regulation-aligned, and our online versions fulfill classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on machine anatomy, principles of stability, safe operations, common hazards to avoid, and more.

These presentations include intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the courses. In addition to the written exam, these courses also include a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, these trainings encompass the following OSHA Requirements for earthmovers:

  • 29 CFR 1926.600 Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.602 Material Handling Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.604 Site Clearing
  • 29 CFR 1926.650 Excavations
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P App A, Soil Classification
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P App F, Protective Systems
  • Why Do I Need Earthmover Training?

    In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own.

    OSHA requirements for refresher training related to earthmovers or other processes are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment.

    A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer, but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Earth-Moving Equipment Operator Training FAQs

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    I’ve operated earthmovers for 30 years. Do I need to take an earthmover course/class, a written exam, and a practical exam still? Or can I just take a written earthmover operator test?

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    OSHA requires earthmover training for earthmover operators—on that, there is no question. Where confusion exists is how often operators need earthmover refresher training or recertification. Outside of the initial safety training class, OSHA requires earthmover operators to be re-evaluated every three years to determine if they are still competent enough to operate.

    However, three years is the maximum time that is allowed to pass before an operator receives earthmover recertification. According to OSHA, there are several instances that will require additional earthmover safety training and observation before the three-year period is up:

  • Earthmover operator is observed in an accident or a near miss
  • Earthmover operator received a poor evaluation or is observed driving in a dangerous manner
  • The earthmover operator is assigned to drive a different type of earthmover or the workplace has changed significantly enough to require additional earthmover operator training (such as being transferred from operating an earthmover used to hoist signs to an earthmover used for trimming trees).
  • How often do I need earthmover training?

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    Yes, you need to take an earthmover operator safety training course. No matter how long you’ve been on the job, OSHA requires earthmover safety training, an earthmover written exam, and a practical earthmover evaluation. There is no way around it. The extent of the classroom training can be adapted by the instructor according to student needs. The written exam proves mental competency and understanding of the safety principles taught. And the practical evaluation proves the earthmover operator not only understands but is capable of operating safely. Many of our customers believe the practical evaluation has the greatest overall value.

    I received earthmover safety training at a different job. Do I need to be trained again by my new employer?

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    This is a common question, especially among laborers-for-hire who may sub out from job to job. Technically, it is your current employer who is responsible for saying whether or not you have been trained specifically for the type of earthmover and job. If you bring an earthmover certificate or earthmover license (wallet card) to your new employer, they do not have to accept it. It is their right to require you to take their own training class. This is because if there is an accident, they will likely be responsible and need to prove to OSHA that they trained you on earthmover operations.

    Can you explain earthmover certification? Who can train, evaluate, and certify operators?

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    This, above all, causes a lot of confusion. Bottom line, OSHA states that employers are responsible to train their employees. Generally speaking, there are three ways they can do this:

  • Train employees in-house with their own program
  • Use another company’s materials or online classes to train employees
  • In terms of using a 3rd party’s safety training materials (like our earthmover training kits on CD or our earthmover online training classes), OSHA does not recognize one company over another. They simply state that ‘training needs to occur’ and ‘here are the things a earthmover operator should be trained on.’

    When we do live training or offer earthmover safety training online, people often assume we are the ones certifying the trainees. This is not true for any training company. We are simply assisting the employer by providing live earthmover safety training or the training materials needed to help them certify their own employees.

    How do I take the earthmover practical evaluation if I take earthmover safety training online?

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    The online earthmover training class covers OSHA’s requirements for the classroom portion. Many employers prefer online training because they know exactly what type of earthmover training the operator will receive. In live classes, the training sometimes varies. A written exam is included at the end of our online training courses. After the earthmover class and exam are finished, you and your safety managers will have immediate access to a practical evaluation checklist. This can be printed off and used by your supervisor to help him or her evaluate how safely and competently you use your earth-moving machinery. When done, they can sign it and file it with your exam. This will satisfy OSHA’s requirements for earthmover certification.

    Can I use any earthmover attachment with my earthmover ?

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    No. OSHA states that the earthmover manufacturer must approve the use of a specific earthmover attachment. Too often, we see earthmover operators using personnel work platforms (man baskets) or other attachments that are made by different manufacturers. They assume that because their earthmover is equipped to use such an attachment, it is okay to use any brand. Not true. If you are operating a Caterpillar earthmover, then you must contact Caterpillar and get their written approval to use any attachment, especially if they are of another brand. New capacity plates must be issued with any addition. Your operator’s manual will tell you if your earthmover can handle certain kinds of attachments or not.

    My trainee scored 80% on the earthmover training test/exam. Did he pass or fail his earthmover operator safety training course?

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    Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer, who is also responsible for certifying (or authorizing) their employee to operate an earthmover. If an employer chooses to pass their employee at 80% on the earthmover safety exam, that’s fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.