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Railcar Mover Training & Certification

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


We Offer Three Types of Railcar Mover Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Railcar Mover 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 Railcar Mover Training Course?

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

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 to 2.5 hours.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • Employers
  • Training Scope: Each class contains the following information:

    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.

    While this training encompasses many important safety standards, you will still need to familiarize yourself with any other federal, state, and local standards that apply to your specific workplace.


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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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    Railcar Mover Certification Standards

    U.S. Standards

    • 49 CFR 222.21
    • 49 CFR 229.9
    • 49 CFR 232.9
    • 29 CFR 1917.17

    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 Railcar Mover Safety Training?

    In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. While there are few OSHA Requirements that specifically relate to railcar movers, these machines do fall under standards for general railways. The operation of a railcar mover is treated in many ways like the operation of a standard locomotive.

    OSHA emphasizes the need for initial training as well as refresher training at appropriate times. Railcar movers are heavy pieces of machinery and can be deadly if used by untrained or unqualified personnel. Employers and supervisors have a responsibility to create a safe working environment by providing training to their employees.

    Stay Informed On All Things Railcar Mover

    Did You Know?

    More than 3000 railroad accidents occur each year.

    Around 300 fatalities occur on the railroad yearly.

    Regarding railroad employees, there are around 2,000 injuries and roughly 3 fatalities each year.


    Rail Car Mover Frequently Asked Questions

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    What does a railcar mover do?

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    Railcar movers are designed for use on worksites. They can move between tracks and roads and can pull equipment throughout a rail yard. Because of this, they are able to greatly increase the speed of work on any rail yard.

    If my employees are already trained on locomotives, why do they need training for railcar movers?

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    While railcar movers are held to many of the same standards as regular locomotives, their operation is very different. Railcar movers are able to travel on railroad tracks as well as public roads. This makes them very useful but it also makes them more complex. In order to operate one safely, workers will need to be specifically trained to do so.

    What is the difference between risk assessment and risk management?

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    Whenever a railcar mover travels on a road using its road tires, it is considered a vehicle. It is subject to all standard traffic laws wherever it is driving. When a railcar mover travels on railroads, it is also subject to any laws regarding railroad operation.

    Does railcar mover training involve more than just operating the vehicle?

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    Our railcar mover training is designed to teach operators how to be safe when working on a rail yard. This means that they will learn how to operate the railcar mover as well as how to be a safe employee when moving through the worksite. Employees will be trained in proper communication and even learn how to move across tracks safely and efficiently.


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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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