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Tugger Training & Certification

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


We Offer Three Types of Tugger Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Tugger 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 Tugger Training Course?

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

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 1 – 1.5 hours.

Intended Audience:

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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Tugger Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks
  • ANSI/ITSDF B56.8 – Safety Standard for Personnel and Burden Carriers
  • NFPA 505 – Fire Safety Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks
  • UL 583 – Standard for Safety for Electric-Battery-Powered Industrial Trucks
  • OSHA Act of 1970, 5(a)(1) – General Duty Clause
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-B335-04 – Safety Standard for Lift Trucks
  • CAN/CSA-B335-94 – Lift Truck Operator Training
  • ANSI/ITSDF B56.1 – Safety Standard for Low Lift & High Lift Trucks

    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 Tugger Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates tuggers 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 Tugger

    Did You Know?

    The most common cause of powered industrial truck fatalities is the truck overturning. (Source: CDC).

    Powered industrial trucks are used to move, raise, lower, or remove large objects or many small objects on pallets or in boxes, crates, or other containers. (Source: OSHA).

    Most employee injuries involving powered industrial trucks can be attributed to a lack of safe operating procedures, lack of safety-rule enforcement, and insufficient or inadequate training. (Source: University of Maryland).


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is a tugger?

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    In the industrial context, “tugger” often refers to a standup electrical tugger: a vehicle used to move materials quickly and efficiently from one place to another, usually in a warehouse or shop. The operator stands in the engine section and pulls carts or trailers behind them.

    Is a tugger forklift different than a tugger?

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    No. “Tugger forklift” refers to a tugger, which replaces typical one-load forklifts in warehouse settings.

    What is the biggest hazard of driving a tugger?

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    The most common type of injury related to tuggers is struck-by accidents, meaning that the tugger strikes a pedestrian.

    Are tuggers going to be autonomous?

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    Autonomous tuggers are more flexible than conveyors which must be moved and guarded, but not as flexible as human drivers who can vary their route and adapt to spontaneous changes. Although autonomous tuggers fill this niche extremely well, they cannot yet replace all established options.


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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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