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Snowplow Operator Training & Certification

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


We Offer Three Types of Snowplow Operator Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Snowplow Operator 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 Snowplow Operator Training Course?

Our Snowplow training course is regulation aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on anatomy and components, safe operations, common hazards, and more.

During this training, we will be taking a look at the basic anatomy and components of dump-truck-mounted snowplows. This will include an explanation of the importance of pre-shift inspections and common problems to look for while inspecting your plow before each use.

Next, we will discuss safe snowplow operating procedures. This will cover principles such as how to prepare your plow and spreader for use, how to carefully travel to and from a worksite, how to safely operate your plow and spreader, and how to store the plow after use.

Lastly, we will go over common hazards that lead to injuries and fatalities and how to prevent, avoid, or minimize them. To reinforce the importance of following safe operations and to identify these hazards before operating a snowplow, we will provide case studies based on true accident profiles.

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. You will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards.


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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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Snowplow Operator Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1910.132 – Personal Protective Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.601 – Motor Vehicles
  • 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling
  • 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling
  • CFR 383.91- Commercial motor vehicle groups
  • CFR 390.21- Marking of self-propelled CMVs and intermodal equipment
  • CFR 395.8 – Driver’s record of duty status
  • CFR 396.11- Driver vehicle inspection report(s)
  • Canada Standards

  • CSA-B352.0-09 – ROPES, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment)
  • CSA Z1001 – Occupational Health & Safety Training
  • CSA Z94.3.1-16 – Guideline for selection, use and care of eye and face protectors
  • CSA Z96-15 – High Visibility Apparel
  • CSA Z617-06 – PPE
  • Canada Labour Code Part II – Employer and Employee Duties

    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 Snowplow Operator 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 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, 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 Snowplow

    Did You Know?

    According to statistics from the Iowa Department of Transportation, there are an average of 46 snowplow-related accidents each year.

    The first snowplows were created in 1862 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It consisted of a wooden wedge mounted onto a horse-drawn cart. (Source: National Snow & Ice Data Center).


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is a snowplow?

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    A snowplow is a vehicle-mounted device used to remove snow from roads, parking lots, and other areas that snow may gather.

    Is it “snowplow” or “snow plow?”

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    Either would be correct in the US. For this training, we use “snowplow,” following the Merriam-Webster’s spelling.

    What is a snowplough?

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    “Snowplough” or “snow plough” is the British-English spelling for snowplow.

    Is it against the law to pass a snowplow?

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    It is legal to pass a snowplow as it is clearing roads. However, it can be dangerous due to the size or position of the plow blades. Anyone passing a snowplow should do so with caution.

    How far should you stay behind a snowplow?

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    It is recommended other drivers should maintain between five to 10 car lengths from a snowplow traveling ahead of them.

    Which state in the US spends the most on snowplows?

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    According to the Equipment World’s Better Roads, Pennsylvania spent the most on snow removal during the 2014-2015 winter season, spending $272 million. Conversely, Louisiana spent the least on snow removal at $1.2 million.

    How much does a snowplow weigh?

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    According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, a single-axle plow can weigh up to 50,000 pounds when fully loaded.

    How fast can snowplows go?

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    It depends on the manufacturer’s recommendations. When plowing, snowplows cannot exceed a certain limit, otherwise they risk damage to the plow blade or to the vehicle. When not plowing, snowplows are allowed to travel faster, though they still should observe the limits established by the manufacturer.

    Do you need to be trained to use a snowplow?

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    Yes. Employers must provide training for any employees who are expected to operate a snowplow, as with any other type of heavy machinery.

    Does OSHA have any standards specific to snowplows?

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    No. OSHA does not have any standards specific to snowplows. However, since the snowplows we address in this training are dump-truck-mounted plows, there are some additional standards that may apply. We’ve included a few of these in the training.


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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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