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Snowcat Operator Training & Certification

AKA: Snowcat Driver Training & Certification


We Offer Three Types of Snowcat Operator Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Snowcat 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 Snowcat Training Course?

Our Snowcat Operator safety training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. Each class contains sections on anatomical components, principles of stability, safe operations, common hazards, 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.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training will encompass OSHA and CSA standards for snowcats.


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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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Snowcat 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
  • OSH Act of 1970 – General Duty Clause
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-B352.0-09: ROPS, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment)
  • CSA Z1001 – Occupational Health & Safety Training
  • Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Part II – Employer and Employee Duties
  • Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations Part XIV – Materials Handling

    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 Snowcat Safety Training?

    In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. OSHA 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, OSHA’s standard 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 Snowcat Operator

    Did You Know?

    For every hour a resort is open to recreational skiers, snowcat drivers spend two ensuring the piste is in perfect condition. Source: CNN).


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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is a snowcat?

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    A snowcat is a vehicle with tracks like a tank that is used for traveling over snow. It has an enclosed cab and is about the size of a truck. The name is a combination of the words “snow” and “caterpillar.

    What is a snowcat used for?

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    Snowcats have many uses, including grooming ski slopes and trails, conducting search-and-rescue missions, and transporting skiers and snowboarders. They can also be used for military, industrial, and agricultural purposes.

    Why is track tension important on a snowcat?

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    Loose tracks that are not maintained or tightened can cause the track to slip. On the other hand, tracks that are too tight wear out faster and can cause damage to the sprockets, idlers, and rollers. Track tension should be checked periodically (typically every 50 hours).

    What is the most common injury associated with operating a snowcat?

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    Being struck by the machine is the number one cause of injuries and deaths involving snowcats. These accidents usually result from one or more factors, including poor visibility, fast travel in high pedestrian areas, backing up, or improper use of the machine.


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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!

    View Purchase Options