Front End Loader Online Training

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Front end loader online training, designed by trainers with 15+ years of onsite training experience. The estimated time for this training is 90 – 120 min.

  • OSHA-Aligned: OSHA-aligned 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 Front End Loader Course?

Our Front-End Loader safety training course is regulation aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on anatomical components, principles of stability, safe operation, hazards to avoid, 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.

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 90 – 120 min.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors

OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:

  • 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.604 – Site Clearing
  • 29 CFR 1926.650-652 – Excavations
  • 29 CFR 1926, Subpart P, App A – Soil Classification
  • 29 CFR 1926, Subpart P, App F – Protective Systems



Why Take Our Online Front End Loader Safety Training?

Our 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 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 Online Front End Loader 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.



Front-End Loader Training

Construction sites rely on front-end loaders because of their strength and adaptability.

  • The front-end loader’s limitations, like load capacities, should be understood by workers.
  • Controls differ from brand to brand, front-end operators may need training that considers those variations.
  • According to OSHA’s data, many deaths were caused by struck-by incidents.

What Do Front-End Loader Operators Do?

A front-end loader is a huge engineering vehicle used for material pickup and transportation. They are also called scoop loaders, skip loaders, and bucket loaders. The front-end loader has large wheels with deep treads, unlike the majority of heavy-duty equipment using tracks.

Easily identified on any construction site, front-end loaders are characterized by the square bucket at its front with two hydraulic arms attaching it to the base.

Directly behind the arms is an operator cab where the operator sits. There, the driver controls the horizontal movement of the loader as well as the movement of the arms. Large amounts of biomass materials may be quickly and effectively picked up from the ground and moved by a front-end loader to a dump truck. A front-end loader’s steering is distinctive because it is based on a precise pivot point between the front and rear axles. This style of steering, known as articulated steering, allows for heavier loads and greater maneuverability.

Front-end loaders are a key part of construction sites since they are powerful and adaptable. On the jobsite, these machines are responsible for a variety of tasks. They do a variety of jobs, such as stockpiling, heavy lifting, demolition, backfilling, landscaping, and much more.

You’ll probably be tasked with doing a variety of unusual jobs when operating a front-end loader. Many operators get overconfident since they use them so frequently. Remember that front-end loaders are not toys. In the wrong hands, these large trucks may be quite hazardous.

What Is the Role of a Front-End Loader Operator?

Driving a piece of huge, tractor-like equipment that scoops things into a bucket and transports them to other areas is part of your job as a front-end loader driver. You could assist with filling garbage bins, directing recyclables to processing facilities, picking up dirt or other materials, and coordinating with other staff members in this position. Depending on your business and the materials you transfer, aspects of your job might change. A front-end loader driver could assist with the loading and unloading of railroad cars or with the preparatory work for construction sites.

How Can I Become a Front End Loader Operator?

To become a front-end loader operator most businesses will require high school graduation or GED and the physical stamina to operate heavy equipment. These are the essential requirements. The majority of businesses provide apprenticeship programs or on-the-job training, but having expertise with large machinery may improve your career prospects. If you transport hazardous trash, you need extra certification. Driving and communication abilities are necessary for front-end loader driver jobs. As you transport bins of trash or recyclables, you might also take care of some simple maintenance tasks.

Why Do You Need Front End Loader Training?

You need to get safety training before operating a front-end loader on a construction or demolition site. Everything you need to know to be safe while scooping and loading large materials is included in our Front-End Loader Operator Safety training. The training also aids in maintaining your OSHA-alignment.

Our front-end loader safety training program complies with OSHA regulations, and our online version satisfies the need for in-person instruction. Each lesson has parts on front-loaders anatomical elements, stability principles, safe operation, potential risks, and more. You must go through training according to the machine and work types. Keep in mind that controls and handling might vary greatly from brand to brand, so in some circumstances, you could want training tailored to those modifications. Be sure to seek out the specific training necessary for different makes and models as Hard Hat Training only offers an umbrella training course.

In order to keep yourself and others safe, you must read and understand the operator’s manual as well as the corporate policy. This applies to the loader as well as any accessories. You’ll find all the particular details you need about weight capacity, warning labels, attachment methods, pre-shift inspections, safe operations, and maintenance in the operator’s manual.

You must be familiar with the worksite where you are operating. This is just as crucial as being knowledgeable about your loader. Regulations call for refresher training whenever working circumstances change in a way that would compromise the machine’s safety. Even though loaders can function on many different kinds of terrain, you still need to be careful about a job’s landscape. Make advance plans for specific site circumstances. Spend some time inspecting the jobsite and making contingency plans in case something goes wrong.

The Benefits of a Front End Loader

Front-end loaders can offer a number of advantages on construction sites:

  • Maneuverability: The front-end loader’s four-wheel drive allows it to move swiftly and effortlessly across difficult terrain, boosting productivity. These loaders don’t have as much grip as tracked vehicles, but they can usually go through softer or muddier turf without sinking or becoming stuck.
  • Power: Front-end loaders are a great option for heavy-duty farming operations since they have bigger engines and are more powerful than most tractors.
  • Mobility: These loaders can move fast over many trips, scooping materials, moving their load to the dumping truck, and finishing the operation.
  • Variety: Wheel loaders come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including compact, small, medium, and large variants. There are models for specialized uses like trash and material processing. Users can quickly identify the best machine for their particular job site activities.

Further Training

Among the various tasks a front-end loader may complete are the following:

  • Material removal: Scooping, transporting, and loading loose materials at a quarry or aggregates site are the most frequent uses of wheel loaders.
  • Snow removal: When a loader is outfitted with a snow blade, it can remove snow from municipal streets, parking lots, highways, and even wide driveways. It can go through snow-covered roads and other paved areas because of its wheels.
  • Agriculture: A wheel loader may be used for a variety of tasks by farmers. The equipment can lift, carry, and load hay bales into a truck using a grapple attachment. The bucket is able to scoop dung, seeds, and feed.
  • Material handling: By adding a fork, a front-end loader may be converted to a lift truck to load and transport big items in a warehouse or outdoor storage area. To prevent loads from falling or tipping, it’s crucial to understand the machine’s lifting capabilities.
  • Site clearing: Wheel loaders are used in demolition operations to clean the site after a building or other major structure has been brought down. These mobile devices can swiftly and effectively clean a location thanks to their speed.
  • Waste removal: Salvage and recycling yards can pick up and move rubbish bales to a disposal site using a waste handler version.

Safety: Front-End Loaders

The main body or tractor’s center of gravity is altered by addition of the front-end loader. The front-end loader decreases the tractor’s stability and raises the likelihood of a tipover. As the loader is elevated, the center of gravity slides forward and causes further instability. The likelihood of rolling is further increased by uneven or loose terrain, obstructions, sharp turns, and jerky movements. The loader has an affect on maneuverability, particularly if it is full. During operation, more clearance is required to accommodate the added length of the load.

Even while mobile equipment is quite heavy and appears to be solid, there are many dangers that can cause the loader to become unstable and tip over or roll over. To calculate balance, force, leverage, and other variables, you might use a variety of equations. But the basic fact is that if the machine has too much weight on one side, it will topple.

You should be aware of your machine’s restrictions, especially any load capacities. Find out where your loader’s center of gravity is, then plan jobs using that data to keep yourself and others safe. Exceeding the equipment’s capabilities is one of the most common causes of accidents.

Some stability issues are beyond your control, such as wind or uneven ground. Prepare for these changing circumstances. Always check the weather forecast for any weather-related conditions that might be hazardous. Additionally, check the landscape before using any machinery on it.

On OSHA’s website, struck-by accidents, caught-in-between accidents, and tipovers are the three most common front-end loader accidents that cause major injuries and death.

  • Stuck-By Accidents: OSHA’s records show that struck-by accidents were a major cause of many deaths. All too frequently, ground staff are caught in a loader operator’s blind spot and are struck by the machine. A front-end loader’s cargo can also strike people on the ground, seriously injuring them.
  • Caught-In or Between Accidents: Like struck-by accidents, caught-in or between accidents are to blame for a large number of injuries and fatalities. All too easily, workers can be trapped between the front-end loader and another object, such as a wall. The weight that the machine is supporting or the attachment that is working beneath it might also result in an incident where a worker gets caught in or between and is hurt.
  • Tipovers: Front loaders are prone to tipping over when they are used unsafely or outside of their design parameters. Uneven terrain, large loads, and hazardous speeds are a few contributing causes of tipover accidents.

Principles to Follow When Operating a Front End Loader

  • Use the equipment within its design parameters. It is recommended to read the operator’s manual before using any front-end loader.
  • Make sure you are trained to use the equipment you are using.
  • Never overwork the machinery. When using a front-end loader to raise cargo, make sure to always follow the correct lifting and rigging procedures. Use low-to-the-ground loads or attachments when traveling.
  • Never transport passengers on a front-end loader unless the machine is intended for the purpose.
  • Set up work sites and duties such that there is no or little foot traffic near where heavy equipment is operating.
  • Use a spotter when undergoing work that might endanger people or property.
  • Avoid reversing as much as you can. More accidents occur when backing than when driving ahead.
  • Always buckle up when operating any kind of vehicle or large machinery.

Front-end loaders are quite handy and adaptable to use in the workplace. Having said that, they can also be extremely hazardous to use or work near. Spend some time analyzing the risks associated with the jobs involving front-end loaders. Prevent as many risks as you can before work starts. To learn more about front end loader safety, read our Preventing Front-End Loader Accidents article.

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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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.

18 reviews for Front End Loader Online Training

  1. Fernando G.


    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you, Fernando, for your awesome review. We appreciate your encouragement and kind remarks.

  2. Jamie D.

    Good job. It was good

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thanks, Jamie. We try really hard to get things done right with our courses, and we’re glad that you have felt that this course is sufficient for what you need.

  3. Len B.

    Very well structured.

    • Hard Hat Training

      We appreciate your comments, Len! Thanks for your positive review. We take a lot of time to ensure our courses are structured well, so we appreciate what you have said.

  4. Paul S.

    It was excellent, no need for improvement.

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you so much, Paul! Your great review means a lot to us. We’re so glad that you found the course so excellent, and we hope that you find our other courses just has beneficial.

  5. John F

    I thought it was really good. No improving needed

    • Hard Hat Training

      John, thanks for taking the time to rate the course. We’re happy that you found it so good, and we hope that you spread the things you have learned to others.

  6. Matthew T

    tell people its 2 hrs not 90 minute. was over all a good course better than most i have done

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you, Matthew, for your wonderful review and your helpful comments. We typically provide a range of time on our courses, so we will be more careful to mention that in the future. Thanks again!

  7. Dan C

    good course

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thanks, Dan. Thanks for the time you took to leave us a review. We’re happy the course was so good for you.

  8. Wilson T.

    safty is the most important thing at a worksite but maybe your video too go along with your material

    • Hard Hat Training

      Hello Wilson, Thank you for your feedback, we are continually trying to update and improve our courses as well as our service to give users the most relevant information and the best experience. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and for choosing Hard Hat Training.

  9. Arlo Q.

    Helped me get a better understanding on a few insights i was not aware of

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you so much, Arlo, for your incredible review of the course! This is what our business is all about, and we are ecstatic that you found the training to be so helpful and even insightful to the work that you do. Thanks again!

  10. Lenny P.

    Has useful informations very informative

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you, Lenny, for taking the time to leave us such a great review. We’re happy to see that the course was so informative for you.

  11. Annie S.

    easy to understand

    • Hard Hat Training

      We appreciate your comments, Annie. We’re glad the course was understandable for you, and we hope that you continue to find our courses similarly informative.

  12. Amy C.

    clear, precise, easy to do and was informative.

  13. Ezra T.

    Simple and to the point.

  14. Jason T.

    course was very good, covered everything very well and easily understandable.

  15. Cole W.

    It is easy to use and has been helpful for establishing good workplace safety measures. Add specific model training

  16. Braden K

    I found it super helpful, no changes needed

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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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