Our OSHA-compliant 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 with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.
In the United States, a yard truck is also known as a shunt truck, spotter truck, spotting tractor, terminal tractor, yard shifter, yard dog, yard goat, yard horse, yard bird, yard jockey, or mule. It is a semi-tractor intended to move semi trailers within a cargo yard or intermodal facility, much like a switcher locomotive is used to position railcars.
A CDL isn’t required for operators who are operating a Yard Dog, as long as they are ONLY operating on private property or within a facility. However, most trucking companies do prefer you have a CDL, a driver’s license, a high school diploma (or GED), and a clean driving record.
Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer whose responsibility it is to certify, or authorize, their employee. If you want to pass him at 80%, fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.