Asphalt Paver Training Online


Asphalt Paver Training Online, designed by trainers with 15+ years of onsite training experience. The estimated time for this training is 60 – 90 min.

  • OSHA-Authorized: OSHA-authorized courses that are reviewed yearly & updated to meet the latest standards.
  • Instant Access: After purchasing, you'll have immediate access to the online course.
  • Printable Certificates: Upon completion, you will receive a printable certificate and OSHA wallet card.
  • For Businesses: We offer company accounts and bulk discounts.

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What’s in the Asphalt Paver Training?

Our Asphalt Machine safety training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. Each class contains sections on Anatomy, Safe Practices, Stability, and 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 60 – 90 min.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors

OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:

  • CFR 1910: Occupational Safety and Health Standards, Subpart 1, Personal Protective Equipment
  • 1910.132 General Requirements
  • 1910.134 Respiratory Protection
  • 1910.157 Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • CFR 1926: Safety and Health Regulations and Construction
  • 1926.152 Fire Protection and Prevention



Why Take Our Asphalt Paver Operator Training?

Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.

The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.

We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.

Why Buy Our Asphalt Paver Operator Training?

  • Complete Training: First and foremost our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Don't risk getting expensive OSHA fines because you settled for a sub-par training program that didn't cover safety topics in depth. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
  • Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on-site can be expensive. In contrast, our online curriculum lowers costs while still providing a professional training experience.
  • Records Tracking System: We offer an easy-to-use management system so that if you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, all-terrain certificates, observation guides and more! (contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
  • Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
  • Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
  • Corporate License: Do you want to host this course on your own server? Contact us about obtaining broadcasting rights for this and any of our other online courses.



Paving Machine Operator Training

Asphalt pavers spread and break asphalt layers across surfaces in order to pave walkways, parking lots, and other areas. Employers can lessen or even completely eliminate problems by ensuring that workers are wearing PPE. Asphalt pavers come in two varieties: wheeled or tracked. To remain safe as a paver, operators need to be familiar with their machine and their workplace. 

What Is Asphalt Paving? 

An asphalt paver’s job is to spread and crush asphalt layers across surfaces to pave walkways, parking lots, and other areas. Some machines are pulled by a dump truck, but the majority are self-propelled by rails or tires.

The tractor and screed are the two main parts of asphalt pavers. Hydraulic drives, the receiving hopper, distribution augers, feeder conveyors, the engine, and other components make up the tractor. The screed, which levels and molds the asphalt, is towed by the tractor. The moldboard, vibrators, endplates, slope sensors, and other elements are included in the screed.

A dump truck delivers asphalt to the paver’s hopper, which the paver then uses to operate. The feeder conveyors deliver the material to the paver’s back, where the distribution augers move the asphalt out when you start to operate the machinery and advance. You can change the augers’ width to suit your needs. For instance, a narrower feed is needed for a walkway rather than for a wide road.

The screed will compact and level each layer of material as the asphalt is pushed out. Asphalt screeds may vary the width hydraulically and have heated screed plates. The screed’s objective is to reduce or eliminate handwork altogether. They come in models with front- and rear-extenders as well.

The Two Types of Asphalt Pavers 

Asphalt pavers come in two varieties. Depending on the project, a wheeled or tracked paver may be the preferable choice for you and your team. The circumstances you work in and the amount of ground you need to cover each day are two big factors to consider when picking between a wheeled and tracked paver.

Wheeled Pavers 

A wheeled asphalt paving machine features two large wheels beneath the cab and at least two or four smaller wheels in front. The wheels provide good mobility around the jobsite, particularly if there is a lot of land to cover. Long lengths of asphalt are well-suited for wheeled equipment because the machine can cover longer distances more quickly and efficiently than tracked options.

If the landscape is flatter and more level, wheeled pavers are also appropriate for projects on existing asphalt surfaces. Milling, overlaying, and filling are common applications for wheeled asphalt equipment.

Tracked Pavers

Tracked pavers have rubber tracks on both sides of the machine for better grip, even on the most difficult jobsites. Tracked pavers are capable of working on softer terrain such as sand, clay, and mud, as well as steep grades and hillsides.

Tracks provide more stability and traction than wheeled versions, allowing you to operate through more difficult conditions. This can also provide you additional traction if you’re running at full power. Tracked alternatives provide improved stability and agility for a variety of surface applications.

Paving Machine Operator Training

An asphalt paver is the most critical component of any paving project. Whatever your project requires, this equipment is in charge of distributing and leveling asphalt. As with any piece of heavy machinery, it is vital that operators know their equipment. Paving Machine Training should cover the anatomy and the inner workings of a paver and also how to reduce or eliminate hazards.   

For the uninitiated, asphalt pavers are composed of steel, and the tractor’s mainframe is made of heavy-gauge steel. The feeder conveyor consists of a heavy-duty chain with forged steel parts, and the distribution augers are also made of steel. The engine cover is constructed of steel sheets, while the screeds are made of channel, steel tube, and steel plate.

Wheeled asphalt pavers have four or more smaller tires up front for steering and two huge rubber tires underneath the tractor. Tracks for tracked equipment are made of synthetic rubber that has flexible steel cables tucked inside for added reinforcement. The tracks on the back of the asphalt paver are driven by a friction drive wheel, and the weight is distributed by bogie wheels.

Operation Training

Asphalt pavers can be hazardous if proper safeguards are not taken. There are two types of safe practices — familiarity with your machine and familiarity with your workplace. The use of the asphalt paver requires special training. Workers must be able to operate the machine in accordance with all guidelines and instructions as listed in the operator’s manual. 

Operators have a duty to ensure that their work is done safely. Before using the machine, they must put on the proper PPE, read all warning signs, lock and tag out equipment, and be aware of where all their coworkers are. Operators that are qualified may also be in charge of performing minor repairs on the equipment. 

Before turning on the pavers, operators should look for anyone who might be blocking moving parts. While the machine is in operation, shields, coverings, or guards must never be removed. Operators should know to never play with the equipment, and notify management of any problems with the staff or equipment.

Operators should broaden their horizons beyond merely these guidelines. Operators should think and act carefully at all times. Knowing their tools well enough to comprehend all their components and how they work is vital for operators.  

Operators must maintain the workspace and equipment. Everything that uses electricity needs to be properly grounded and kept out of the water. All hazardous materials should be properly and conspicuously marked. 

Traffic is a significant aspect of safety in asphalt paver operations. Traffic can refer to both pedestrians and motorized traffic. It is critical to understand both. It could be wise to arrange workers’ work for times when there is little to no traffic if they are in an area with moving vehicles. 

Observe the traffic regulations in your area. It may be necessary to place more strict control measures, such as cones and signage. Employers can choose someone to be a lookout who will warn the team of hazardous conditions if the area is very busy.

On the jobsite, it’s typical for additional equipment to be in operation at the same time as the paver. On an asphalt patch that has already been installed, a roller might, for instance, work side by side with a paver. Operators will need to be informed of where the other equipment is and where it is going. Always exchange information with other workers at the jobsite.

Use traffic control devices that are reflective and illuminated if operators are working at night. Operators should reduce their pace and the distances between cones and barricades. These procedures will aid in keeping other employees safe. 

When it comes to safety, workers need to block off the area with cones or tape to stop pedestrians from walking into a work zone. Occasionally, inquisitive bystanders will stop to watch operators work. Block off the area or blow a horn to tell people to move back if they are swarming too closely. Stop the machine if necessary, then look around before starting it up again. 

Why Training Matters  

There are a few risks linked with asphalt, which are discussed more below. It is important to remember that there are no Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for asphalt fumes. Training cannot totally eliminate workplace hazards but it can help reduce the amount of strain and risk posed. Employees will understand how to handle dangerous situations such as:   

Fire/Explosion: Asphalt poses a substantial fire risk due to the high temperatures at which it is stored and handled, as well as the fact that it is primarily made of crude oil. Because of the high temperatures, it has the potential to ignite, particularly if it comes into touch with a spark, open flame, or other source of ignition.

Exposure to Fumes: Asphalt is normally heated to between 150 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit to liquify it and allow workers to pour and spread it. However, the process of heating asphalt emits toxic gasses. h3S (hydrogen sulfide gas) emitted by hot asphalt can induce lung discomfort, asphyxia, and even death.

Inhalation most commonly causes throat and eye irritation, as well as nasal and lung irritation. This can result in a sore throat or a cough. Headaches, dizziness, and exhaustion can also result from inhalation. Certain asphalt mixtures can cause liver, kidney, and nervous system damage if inhaled. Asphalt fumes’ long-term health impacts include bronchitis, emphysema, and even death. Asphalt inhalation has also been connected to several cancers.

Physical Exposure: Because asphalt is stored and handled at high temperatures, it is critical to keep the substance away from the skin. Failure to do so might result in severe burns, rashes, and skin abnormalities. It may also raise the chance of developing skin cancer.

Additionally, asphalt fumes or asphalt particulates might irritate the eyes. If asphalt gets into the eyes, workers should find the onsite eyewash station and flush their eyes for at least 15 minutes.

PPE for Asphalt Workers  

Training should also offer an in-depth look at the PPE for each employee. By ensuring that workers are wearing the proper PPE, you can reduce or even eliminate health concerns. Here’s what staff should wear when working with asphalt to keep themselves safe:

  • Gloves: Gloves must be thermally insulated to prevent asphalt from touching the skin. This is to protect against any potential burns or stings to the skin. If suitable gloves are not used, solvents can soak into the skin; fabric or leather gloves should be avoided.
  • Coveralls: Coveralls get their name from the fact that they cover all. This is vital for ensuring that no asphalt comes into contact with the flesh anywhere on the body. If coveralls are not available, wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants that cover as much of the body as possible.
  • Safety Eyewear or a Face Shield: When dealing with asphalt, it is critical to use eye protection. Safety glasses are effective at protecting the eyes, but a full-face shield will protect the entire face.
  • Respirator: Respiratory protection is essential when working with asphalt fumes. Workers should use a respirator that has been properly fitted and tested for safety. For applications with substantial vapor emissions, a full-face mask respirator with vapor cartridges is recommended.
  • Dust masks do not usually give appropriate protection, but a respirator will. Working with asphalt in confined or enclosed places necessitates the use of appropriate respiratory protection.

Resources for Asphalt Pavers 

The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) is a group of asphalt pavement design, construction, and maintenance professionals. They provide tools for engineers and owners to ensure the highest quality asphalt pavements are built across the United States’ 2.2 million miles of paved roads. They also provide educational opportunities, present displays at trade shows, and serve as an asphalt industry resource to engineers and owners.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association on the national level that represents the interests of asphalt producer and contractor. NAPA supports a research program to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving processes used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational amenities. 

Other Training Options:

We offer two other types of training for this course. The other training types are DIY training kits and a train the trainer certification course. An identical final exam and OSHA-aligned safety training certificate applies, no matter which of the three format options you choose below.

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Our online trainings are great for those who want to learn at their own pace and on their own time. Online trainings can be completed from any location, eliminating the need for expensive seminars.

Employers can assign employees specific trainings and keep track of their progress and exam scores. We also offer group trainings, company accounts, and even bulk discounts for businesses.

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Training Kit

Our kits are the perfect resource for those who want the freedom of training employees themselves. Unlike traditional trainings that are taken once, the kit offers a complete initial training as well as activities and materials to train employees long after they’ve been certified.

These materials include practical evaluations, exams, toolbox trainings, accident profiles, ect.

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Train the Trainer

Train-the-trainer courses allow employers to take full control of the training process. Employees who take these courses are fully certified to use the training kit and train others.

This means that employers can hold training seminars and courses without the need for third-party trainers. We will also include a training presentation and materials to train others.

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Save Big By Buying Course Seats (Credits) In Bulk!

When you purchase (credits) you are essentially buying seats in a virtual classroom. You may assign any employee(s) to any class(es) at any time until those (seats) have all been assigned.

Whether you are looking to save on a few guys or your whole crew, we make it affordable for everyone to get safety training. These discounts are available on all of our online trainings! Look below to see the breakdown of what you can save when you buy your course seats (credits) in bulk with Safety Provisions.

Online Safety Training FAQs

What does each online class cover?

Generally speaking, each course covers the following: 1. Overview of the Course/Introduction to the Equipment 2. Anatomy, including pre-shift inspections 3. Stability Principles 4. Common Hazards/Accident Profiles 5. Safe Operation 6. Rigging and Hand Signals (for crane courses only).

How long is the course?

Trainees go at their own pace, but in general each class (including the exam) takes anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. We recommend planning for two or more so you don’t end up rushing through the exam.

Are these courses OSHA-aligned?

All of our Hard Hat Training online courses were built and continue to be updated by our trainers and inspectors using OSHA and ANSI guidelines. But it is important to understand that by OSHA-aligned, we mean it follows to the best of our ability the best practices and safety principles put forth by OSHA. In an online format, it is not possible to cover every code for every situation or hazard across every industry. For this reason, our safety training solutions are tools to further knowledge and help employers train and/or certify their crew. But just because a course or program is OSHA-aligned it does not necessarily mean a company as a whole will be aligned or avoid citation if OSHA were to audit them. There is so much more that goes into collective company alignment with OSHA. For example, workers need to be observed applying in the field what they learned in the classroom. This observation/practical exam should be done by trainers, supervisors, or other designated competent persons. Whether you use our training kits or online courses, we provide guides to help employers do this. Other things that need to be done for ultimate alignment may include but are not limited to: addressing with your crew any gaps in the training or additional hazards or principles specific to your work situation; creating, training on, and enforcing and abiding by written safety programs (also known as plans or procedures); and performing regular inspections and risk assessments.

Are the e-learning classes up-to-date with OSHA standards?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses are up-to-date with the latest OSHA standards. As standards change, we make changes to the courses. If you purchase any of our online courses outright, though, it will then be your responsibility to update the course in accordance with any changes to the standard.

Does this course certify or qualify me?

There is a lot of confusion among operators and even companies about what it means to be certified or qualified. Simply put, no, a course does not certify anyone, only an employer does. Or, in other words, because it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee is properly trained, it is also his or her responsibility to say when the employee is “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.” The online courses, like our training kits on CD or USB Drive or even live training via a 3rd party, is just a tool to help them in doing so.

According to OSHA, all operators of heavy equipment must receive operator training. Proper training must include a classroom portion including a written exam, as well as a practical hands-on portion/exam wherein the operator is observed operating the machine. The online course satisfies the required classroom portion of the training. Upon completion of the course and written exam, the safety administrator of the company will receive a checklist which can be used to observe the trainee on the machine. When done successfully, the administrator signs the bottom of the form. At this point, unless further training is required by your employer, you have done everything required by OSHA to be considered by your employer as “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.”

If I pass this class and exam can I take my certification and get a job anywhere?

See “Does this course certify me?” This will depend on your employer. Remember, it is their responsibility to see that you are trained and if there is ever an accident, it is they who will have to prove to OSHA that they trained you sufficiently. Because of this, while some smaller businesses may simply accept your certificate and a copy of your test, more often than not they will require you to go through their own training program. This is their right to do so. It is their further responsibility to train you in accordance with the job, site, equipment, etc. Having said that, we have fielded many calls from potential employers who wanted to learn more about the classroom portion of the training we offered. After hearing our explanation, they accepted the online class as satisfying the classroom portion of the required training and proceeded to do their own practical.

How long is the training good for?

OSHA standards dictate that safety certification needs to be completed at least once every three years. Since no online course can provide “certification,” these courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill OSHA’s requirements for up to three years. Having said that, refresher training is required sooner if an employee changes sites or jobs, is asked to operate a different type of the equipment, is involved in a near-miss or accident, or is observed operating the machine in a dangerous manner.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course and exam, you will have immediate electronic access to your test, a certificate, and a checklist you can use for the practical hands-on portion of the training. Simply print them off.

How many people can use this course? Can I play it for several employees at the same time?

When a course is assigned to an employee, only that employee can take the course. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly the course is designed to train that one employee per OSHA regulations. Also, there is a final written exam at the end that will be linked to the trainee assigned. OSHA requires proof of training and if multiple people were to sit in on that one course, they would not get credit for taking it.

Can I customize the classes?

Your business’s learning portal can be completely customized for your employees including colors and logo. Additionally, if you purchase our courses outright to be used on your own company LMS (learning management system), you also get the right to rebuild them and customize them to meet your own needs. If you have Adobe Captivate, which we use to build our courses, customization is even easier.

Are SCORM/Tin Can options available for use on our own company LMS?

All of our online courses are designed to be SCORM-compatible and can be easily uploaded to your company’s current SCORM-friendly LMS. You can license their use annually or purchase them outright. Licensing or purchasing them outright does not, however, give you the right to resell or distribute our courses to parties other than those whom you are training.

If we buy or license the eLearning courses for use on our own LMS, can you customize them for us?

Yes, we have done and continue to do this for clients. Pricing depends on the extent of customization requested. Please contact us for a quote.

Can I resell these trainings?

We do have resale options available. Contact us regarding resale opportunities.

How do I Look Up My OSHA Alignment Safety Certification?

So, you have already purchased a course from us, taken the online training, and passed the certifaction exam with flying colors. Now what? Most people want to print off a copy of thier OSHA Alignment Safety Certification and keep it for your records. Learn how to do that.


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How Does Online Training Work?

Each employee or individual takes the online course at their own pace. Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam (Employers or managers may assign employees to specific safety courses). Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam.

Instant access to your safety certification and wallet card is granted when the online course is completed and the subsequent online exam is passed. Once the online exam is passed, administer the practical exam. We suggest correcting any mistakes and having the trainee initial the edit on the practical exam sheet. Congratulations! You have finished your online safety training course.


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