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Yard Truck Training & Certification

Whether you want yard truck 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 yard truck training you want in the way you want it and at a price, you can afford.

We offer three different types of safety training for yard truck?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's an OSHA compliant yard truck training PowerPoint presentation to train a group of people at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer we offer a train the trainer course.

Online Training

Yard Truck training online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign courses to their employees. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Train the Trainer

The yard truck train the trainer course is 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. Results in a lifetime certification. More Info

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for yard truck hands-on training 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 Yard Truck Training Course?

Our Yard Truck (Terminal Tractor) training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on the basic anatomy and pre-shift inspection of the machine; Safe Operations; Common Hazards; and Case Studies.

During this presentation, we will look at the functionality and components of a yard truck. We’ll also show you why it’s important to conduct a thorough pre-shift inspection before using the equipment.

We also discuss several components of safely operating a yard truck, including how to safely couple and uncouple a trailer; how to safely transport a trailer; and how to successfully spot or part a trailer.

The course also goes over what kind of PPE should be worn while operating a yard truck. And finally, we touch on some of the more common hazards associated with yard trucks and discuss how to recognize, avoid, or minimize them.

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
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks

  • ANSI B56.1-1969

  • Encompasses these Canada Standards
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Yard Truck Train the Trainer Certification

The yard truck train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the yard truck training online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the yard truck training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime yard truck trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

Yard Truck Competent Person Training

OSHA defines a “competent person” as someone who “is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in [their] surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees.” A competent person has the authorization to take “prompt corrective measures” to minimize or eliminate hazards. They have enough training and/or experience to be “capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation and has the authority to correct them.” Some standards do have additional, specific requirements that must be met in order for an employee to be considered a competent person. Our Yard Truck Competent Person Training option fulfills OSHA's training requirements.

Why do I need yard truck training?

In line with regulations, anyone who operates a yard truck 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?


  • According to OSHA, struck-by vehicles incidents account for just under 100 construction worker deaths each year.

  • Incidents involving powered industrial trucks are #7 on OSHA’s Top 10 standards violated list.

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What is a Yard Truck?

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.

Do you need a CDL to drive a Yard Dog (Yard Truck)?

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.

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