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Roller Compactor/Road Roller Training & Certification

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


We Offer Three Types of Roller Compactor Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Roller Compactor 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 Roller Compactor Training Course?

Our Roller-Compactor 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 operations, 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.

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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Roller Compactor Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P – App A Soil Classification
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart W – Rollover Protective Structures; Overhead Protection
  • 29 CFR 1926.1000 – Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) for Material Handling Equipment
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-B352.0-09 – ROPS, FOPS (General 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 Roller Compactor 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 Roller Compactor

    Did You Know?

    Out of the 282 road grading and surface machinery-related deaths recorded by NIOSH from 1992 to 2001, at least 70 of these deaths were associated with roller-compacters. (Source: ELCOSH).

    The first mechanical roller consisted of a steel drum with a seat on top of the frame for the driver. The roller was usually pulled by livestock. (Source: HCEA).


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What does a roller-compactor do?

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    These large machines are sometimes also called “road rollers” and they compact soil, gravel, concrete, or asphalt for making a strong foundation for buildings and roads, or to compact landfills.

    How much do roller-compactors cost?

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    Etsy lists several used models from under $100 to about $30,000. New models have a similar range, but higher-end models may cost as much as $60,000.

    How deep does a roller compactor compact?

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    Compactors eliminate air pockets, and so the depth of change in your compacting working surface will depend entirely on what it’s made out of, and how many and what kind of air pockets it might contain.

    What is the biggest hazard for roller-compactor operators?

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    In 2008, OSHA analyzed injuries and fatalities of roller-compactor operators, and observed that the biggest hazard and all fatalities were caused when the roller tipped and was not equipped with a rollover protective structure (ROPS) or had removed the ROPS and seatbelt.


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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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