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Chip Spreader Training & Certification

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


We Offer Three Types of Chip Spreader Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Chip Spreader 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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What’s in the Chip Spreader Training Course?

Our Chip Spreader Safety Training course is regulation-aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on anatomy, safe operations, and common 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.


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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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Chip Spreader Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • Section 5 (a)(1) OSH act of 1970 – General Duty Clause on Training
  • 1910.132 – Occupational Safety and Health Standards- Personal Protective Equipment
  • 1910.157 – Portable fire extinguishers
  • 1926.52(a) – Occupational Noise
  • 1926.601 – Motor vehicles
  • Canada Standards

  • CLC Part II Sec 124
  • CLC Part II Sec 134 – Personal Protective Equipment
  • CLC Part XIV Sec 14.12 – Fire Extinguishers
  • CLC Part VII Sec 7.3 – Occupational Noise

    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 Chip Spreader 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 related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher 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 Chip Spreader

    Did You Know?

    More than 100 employees die on road construction sites each year in the United States. (CDC)

    Texas ranks as the state with the most worker deaths at road construction sites. (BLS)

    The process of using small, compacted stones to lay a road originated in Scotland in 1815 under the civil engineer John Loudon McAdam. (Wikipedia)


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is a chip spreader?

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    A chipping spreader is a machine that lays coated chippings on roads for a maintenance treatment called a Chip Seal. learn more!

    Are dents and scratches serious when it comes to chip spreaders?

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    Yes. Any damage to a spreader’s frame is serious. Though dents and scratches may look small, they may hint at more serious damage hidden inside the spreader. To ensure operator safety, chip spreaders should be looked over in a thorough pre-shift inspection before they are used.

    Do you need personal protective equipment when operating a chip spreader?

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    Yes. Personal protective equipment is always required when operating heavy machinery. Gloves, hard hats, and hearing protection are just some of the tools necessary to operate a spreader safety. In addition, specific sites may have other hazards that require more protection.

    Is driving a chip spreader similar to driving a truck?

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    No. While both can be classified as heavy machines, they have many differences. If you are certified to drive a truck or any other heavy machine, this does not mean you are automatically certified to drive a chip spreader. You always need specific training for the machine you will be operating.


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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!

    View Purchase Options