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Asphalt Paver Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Types of Asphalt Paver Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Asphalt Paver certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands-on training on your own equipment at your location. We send an instructor to your workplace (from Rexburg, Idaho), so travel expenses may apply. Because of this, onsite training is recommended for groups of five or more employees.

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What’s in the Asphalt Paver Training Course?

Our Asphalt Paver (AKA: Asphalt Machine) safety training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. Each class contains sections on Anatomy, Safe Practices, Stability, and Hazards.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following OSHA Requirements for asphalt machines:


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Asphalt Paver Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • CFR 1910: Occupational Safety and Health Standards, Subpart 1, Personal Protective Equipment
    • 132 General Requirements
    • 134 Respiratory Protection
    • 157 Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • CFR 1926: Safety and Health Regulations and Construction
    • 152 Fire Protection and Prevention

Cal/OSHA Requirements

  • 1729. Hot Asphalt and Hot Pitch Buckets
  • 1726. Asphalt and Pitch Kettles
  • Article 10. Personal Safety Devices and Safeguards
  • Table AC1 – Permissible Exposure Limits for Chemical Contaminants
  • Canada Standards

    • OHS Guidelines – Chemical Agents and Biological Agents
    • Occupational Health and Safety Regulation – Part 08 Personal Protective Equipment
    • Occupational Health and Safety Regulation – Part 08 Personal Protective Equipment
    • Alberta Code of Practice for Paving Plants
    • The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Code of Practice: Reduction of VOC Emissions from Cutback and Emulsified Asphalt.
    • Alberta Labour OHS Regulations

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Asphalt Paver Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training and other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific OSHA training requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher health and safety training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of 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.

    Stay Informed On All Things Asphalt Paver

    Did You Know?

    NIOSH estimates that over 500,000 workers have been exposed to asphalt fumes.

    The most common cause of death for workers is runovers, which account for 48 percent of fatalities. (Source: OSHA)


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is an asphalt paver used for?

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    Asphalt pavers distribute and compact layers of asphalt over various surfaces. These are usually areas such as roadways, parking lots, and walkways.

    How wide of an area can an asphalt paver pave without a joint or gap?

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    The most common width that asphalt pavers work with is 8-10 feet (2.3 -3 m). Some can pave as far as 28 feet (8.5 m), which is the equivalent of a two-lane road. The widest paver, though, can pave up to 59 feet (18 m), which is the equivalent of a four-lane road.

    Can you pave in the winter?

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    Since paving typically uses a hot-mix asphalt, it is not ideal to pave in the winter. Hot-mix asphalt must remain hot to properly compact and set.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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