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Earthmover Training & Certification

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OSHA or OHA Compliant Online, Kit, or TOT. View our earthmover safety training courses today!
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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 and onsite training options; choose whichever you prefer. We can get you your earthmover operator 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 or onsite training. No matter which option you want, we can help you get the earthmover training you want at a price you can afford.
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Earthmover Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.
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Earthmover Kit Training

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It’s a reusable training presentation that is used to train groups of people all at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer to use the kit we offer a train the trainer online course.
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Earthmover Train The Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost and is reusable. Results in a lifetime certification.
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Onsite training is for companies looking for hands-on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.
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What and Why?

What's In The Earthmover Training Courses?

Our earth moving equipment operator training courses are regulation-compliant, 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 standards 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 proves 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?

    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 much are earthmover course prices?

    Our earthmover course prices start at $79/person for online training, $399 for the classroom kit (train as many as you need), $650 for the online train the trainer course + the kit, and custom pricing for onsite training.

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

    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?

    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 a 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?

    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
  • Hire a 3rd party to train the employees (on-site or off-site)
  • 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 earthmover certify their own employees.

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

    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
  • Hire a 3rd party to train the employees (on-site or off-site)
  • Use another company’s materials or online classes to train employees
  • In terms of using a 3rd party's safety training materials (like our crane/rigger training kits on CD or our crane/rigger 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 crane/rigger operator should be trained on.’

    When we do live training or offer crane/rigger 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 crane/rigger safety training or the training materials needed to help them certify their employees.

    Can I use any earthmover attachment with my earthmover ?

    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?

    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.

    "Stop training the hard way. Do it the Hard Hat Training way instead!"
    — Arthur Lee, CEO
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