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Water Truck Training & Certification

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


We Offer Three Types of Water Truck Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Water Truck 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 Water Truck Training Course?

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

During this training, we will be taking a look at the various components of a water truck and how they work. We will go over elements of the pre-shift inspection and discuss its importance to safe operations. We will also talk about stability principles that will help operators avoid rollovers. Then, we will look at safe operating procedures, including how to fill the tank, deploy spray, travel with a full tank, and operate the hose. We will discuss the PPE operators need to wear. Finally, we will touch on common hazards associated with water truck operations and how to avoid them.

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 1.5 – 2 hours.

Intended Audience:

  • Water Truck Operators
  • 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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    Water Truck Certification Standards

    U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.601 – Motor Vehicles
  • 29 CFR 1926.28 – PPE
  • Canada Standards

  • Canada Labour Code, Part II – Occupational Health and Safety. Sec. 124-125. “Duties of Employers.”
  • Canada Labour Code, Part II – Occupational Health and Safety. Sec. 126. “Duties of Employees.”
  • Transport Canada – Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations

    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 Water Truck Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates a water truck 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 Water Truck

    Did You Know?

    There are more than 1,300 tank truck rollovers each year in the United States. (Source: US Dot).

    Over 63% of tank truck rollovers involve travelling with a partial load. (Source: AIG).


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    Water Truck Training Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is a water truck?

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    Water trucks are a type of tank truck that can transport large volumes of water from one place to another. They can also come equipped with sprayers that allow the operator to spray down a large area in a short period of time.

    Who uses water trucks?

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    Water trucks are incredibly versatile machines. They are used in by firefighters, construction companies, disaster relief personnel, farmers, and miners.

    What are water trucks used for?

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    Firefighters use water trucks to control fires. Construction workers use them to wet down dust and compact soil. Workers who are engaged in disaster relief work use water trucks to transport potable water to people in need. Some farmers use water trucks to water crops. Miners use them to remove overburden and wet down dust.

    How do water trucks work?

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    Water trucks function similar to other large trucks. The major difference is that they can also carry and spray large volumes of water. They use a hydraulic pump to fill the tank from standing water sources and to spray water.

    How much water does a truck hold?

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    Water trucks come in several different sizes depending on what they are being used for. The smaller models carry around 2,000 gallons. Large water trucks can carry up to 10,000 gallons.

    Where do water trucks get their water?

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    Water trucks can be filled three different ways. Top filling involves backing the truck up under an overhead spout. The spout will pour water into the tank from an open manhole cover. Hydrant filling involves hooking up a fill hose to the hydrant and a fill nozzle on the tank. Standing water filling involves placing a fill hose in a standing water source, such as a lake, and using the hydraulic pump to fill the tank.

    Do you need a CDL for a water truck?

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    Yes, you need to get a CDL to operate a water truck. The requirements vary from one state to another, so be sure to talk to your local DMV about how to get a CDL. You should also be trained on how to maintain your truck and operate safely through taking water truck safety 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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