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Snowplow Operator Training & Certification

Whether you want snowplow operator training and 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.

What are my options for snowplow training?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's a reusable training presentation that is used to train groups of people all at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer to use the kit we offer a train the trainer online course.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost and is reusable. Results in a lifetime certification.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands-on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Snowplow Training Course?

Our Snowplow training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on anatomy and components, safe operations, common hazards, and more.

During this training, we will be taking a look at the basic anatomy and components of dump-truck-mounted snowplows. This will include an explanation of the importance of pre-shift inspections and common problems to look for while inspecting your plow before each use. Next, we will discuss safe snowplow operating procedures.

Next, we will discuss safe snowplow operating procedures. This will cover principles such as how to prepare your plow and spreader for use, how to carefully travel to and from a worksite, how to safely operate your plow and spreader, and how to store the plow after use.

Lastly, we will go over common hazards that lead to injuries and fatalities and how to prevent, avoid, or minimize them. To reinforce the importance of following safe operations and to identify these hazards before operating a snowplow, we will provide case studies based on true accident profiles.

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.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards
  • 29 CFR 1910.132 – Personal Protective Equipment

  • 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment

  • 29 CFR 1926.601 – Motor Vehicles

  • 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling

  • 29 CFR 1926.602 – Material Handling

  • CFR 383.91- Commercial motor vehicle groups

  • CFR 390.21- Marking of self-propelled CMVs and intermodal equipment

  • CFR 395.8 – Driver’s record of duty status

  • CFR 396.11- Driver vehicle inspection report(s)

  • Encompasses these Canada Standards
  • CSA-B352.0-09 – ROPES, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment)

  • CSA Z1001 – Occupational Health & Safety Training

  • CSA Z94.3.1-16 – Guideline for selection, use and care of eye and face protectors

  • CSA Z96-15 – High Visibility Apparel

  • CSA Z617-06 – PPE

  • Canada Labour Code Part II – Employer and Employee Duties

Why do I need snowplow training?

In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment 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 proves continued competency.

  • Did You Know?

  • The first snowplows were created in 1862 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It consisted of a wooden wedge mounted onto a horse-drawn cart. (Source: National Snow & Ice Data Center)

  • According to statistics from the Iowa Department of Transportation, there are an average of 46 snowplow-related accidents each year (Source: USA Today)

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