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Front End Loader Training & Certification

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


We Offer Four Types of Front End Loader Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Front End Loader 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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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 Front End Loader Training Course?

Our Front End Loader safety training course is regulation aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on anatomical components, principles of stability, safe operation, hazards to avoid, and more.

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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Front End Loader 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-M3471-05 – 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 Front End Loader 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 Front End Loader

    Did You Know?

    You should never travel with the bucket in a raised position.

    You should never try to load and turn at the same time. Hitting a solid object could easily overturn the tractor.

    You should never stand or work under a raised loader. Source: CCOHS).


    Front End Loader Frequently Asked Questions

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    What are front-end loaders used for?

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    Front-end loaders are useful for farm work, construction, or other projects that involve lifting and transporting materials. Such material may be wood, rocks, soil, or debris.

    Can you dig with front-end loaders?

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    It’s possible to dig with a front-end loader, but it isn’t easy to. This is because a front-end loader isn’t designed to scoop material; it’s really designed to skim material off the load with a level bucket, then transport the material to its destination. Anything outside of the manufacturer’s intended use may cause you to lose traction and may put more stress on the machine than it can handle.

    How much can a front-end loader lift?

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    A front-end loader’s lifting capacity depends on the model. On average, however, front-end loaders have a load capacity between 3,500 and 5,000 lbs. Consult your owner’s manual for the loading capacity of your specific loader.

    What are the components of a front-end loader?

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    The two main components of a front-end loader are the hydraulic lift arms and the attachments. These attachments can be buckets, bale spears, or pitchforks, depending on what the loader is being used for. The most common attachment is the bucket.


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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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