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Motor Grader Training & Certification

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


We Offer Three Types of Grader Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Grader 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 Motor Grader Training Course?

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

Training Scope: Each class contains the following information:

  • Anatomy & Components
    • Interior
    • Exterior
  • Stability
  • Operations
    • Know Your Machine
    • Know Your Worksite

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 – 2.5 hours.

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Course Goals:


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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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Grader 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 Motor Grader 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 Grader

    Did You Know?

    Primarily, motor graders are designed to scrape and shift flat or angled substrate in order to form smooth, level surfaces.

    Motor grader operators make around $43,031 to $64,726 on average in the U.S., depending on experience, location, skills, and other factors.

    Grader safety is crucial to prevent workplace accidents and injuries.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What are graders used for?

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    Graders can be used to level soil across construction sites and on road projects. They are also commonly used for snow removal.

    How often should a grader be inspected?

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    A grader operator should inspect their machine at the beginning of each shift or workday.

    When entering the grader, what should I do to protect myself?

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    Here are some things to consider when entering the machine:

    • Use the three-point contact method (footstep, handle, handle)
    • Never use the controls for steps or handholds
    • Keep the handles and steps free from grease or grime
    • Be careful when the conditions are muddy, wet, or icy
    • Slowly and carefully rotate your body and ease backwards into the cab
    • Position yourself comfortably to avoid injury or inadvertently hitting any controls

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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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