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Excavator 360 Training & Certification

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


We Offer Five Types of Excavator 360 Safety Trainings

Our OSHA Aligned Excavator 360 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 with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and 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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Video + Kit Training

Our video trainings come with informative, training videos, and DIY kit training presentation, the training kit materials. This is a great option for any business that would like to certify its employees using video.

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Pre-Op Videos

This this not a certification course. It is an information training video on how to correctly conduct a pre-shift inspection. It covers how to correctly conduct a pre-shift excavator inspection.

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What’s in the Excavator 360 Training Course?

Our Excavator safety training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.

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.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 2.5 – 3 hours.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors
Course Goals: Training Scope: Each class contains the following information:

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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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Excavator 360 Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.604 – Site Clearing
  • 29 CFR 1926.650-652 – Excavations
  • 29 CFR 1926, Subpart P, App A – Soil Classification
  • 29 CFR 1926, Subpart P, App F – Protective Systems
  • CAL/OSHA Requirements

  • 1590. Haulage and Earth Moving, General.
  • 1591. Haulage Vehicles, Equipment-Construction and Maintenance
  • 1592. Warning Methods
  • 1593. Haulage Vehicle Operation
  • 1594 Fueling
  • 1595 Repair of Haulage Vehicles, Tractors, Bulldozers and Similar
  • 1596 Roll-Over Protective Structures (ROPS)
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-B352.0-09 – ROPS, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment)
  • CAN/CSA-M12117-05– Earth-Moving Machinery (TOPS) for Compact Excavators
  • CAN/CSA-M3450-05 – Earth-Moving Machinery – ROPS, Laboratory Tests, Performance Requirements
  • CAN/CSA-M3450-03 – Earth-Moving Machinery – Braking Systems of Rubber-Tired Machines – Systems and Performance Requirements and Test Procedures

    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 Excavator 360 Safety 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 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, OSHA’s 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 Excavator 360

    Did You Know?

    In the construction industry, excavation accidents that are most common occur due to “cave ins” and excavation walls collapsing.

    First developed back in 1796, the grandfather of the modern hydraulic excavator was the steam shovel.

    Almost 60 workers die each year in excavation accidents.

    68% of those fatalities occur in companies with fewer than 50 workers.

    About half of these fatalities occur in companies with 10 or fewer workers. (Source: CDC).


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What are the most common uses for excavators?

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    The most common uses for excavators include digging, lifting heavy object, demolition work, landscaping and more.

    Why is it important to keep the interior of your cab clean?

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    When inspecting the interior of the cab, you should make sure that there is no garbage or clutter on the floor. This clutter could roll underneath the pedals and cause you to lose control of the Excavator.

    What do the rotation bearings do on an excavator?

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    The rotation bearings connect the revolving superstructure to the chassis. When inspecting these rotation bearings, check for any cracked or twisted welds. The rotation bearing, pins, and bushings need to be inspected to make sure they are structurally sound and properly lubricated.

    Do pre-shift inspections have to be completed on an excavator?

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    The importance of performing thorough pre-shift inspections on your excavator can’t be stressed enough. Even if this inspection was performed by someone else, you should still ensure it was done properly and that the machine is safe to operate.

    How do you consider pedestrians when operating an excavator?

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    Pedestrians always have the right of way. Pedestrians might not always put themselves in the safest position or be aware of your presences on busy worksites or areas of travel, it’s common for workers or pedestrians to be focused only on what they’re doing. Because of this, operators must always be aware of their surroundings and work responsibly to keep people safe.


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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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