Trencher Training & Certification

 

What do we offer? Whether you want trencher 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 trencher training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

 

What are my options for trencher 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 Trencher Training Course?

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

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

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards
  • 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment

  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P – Excavations

  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart W – Rollover Protective Structures

  • 29 CFR 1926.20 – General Safety and Health Provisions, training

  • 29 CFR 1926.21 – Training and Education

  • Encompasses these Canadian Standards
  • CAN/CSA-B352.0-09 – ROPS, FOPS General Mobile Equipment

  • CAN/CSA-M3471-05 – Earth-Moving Machinery – ROPS, Laboratory Tests, Performance Requirements

  • CAN/CSA-M3450-03 – Earth-Moving Machinery – Braking Systems of Rubber-Tired Machines – System and Performance Requirements and Test Procedures

 

Why do I need trencher 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 prove continued competency.

 

  • Did You Know?


  • Trenching machines are also known as ditchers or digging wheels. (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)

  • From 2000 to 2006, over 270 workers were killed in trenching or excavation cave-ins. (Source: CDC)

 

 

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