Dump Truck Training & Certification
What do we offer? Whether you want dump 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 dump truck training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.
What are my options for dump truck training?
What’s in the Dump Truck Training Course?
Our Dump Truck Safety Training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on internal and external anatomy, principles to maintain 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.
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 dump trucks:
- Encompasses these Canadian Standards
Can/CSA-B3252.0-09 – ROPS, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment)
CSA Z1001 – Occupational Health & Safety Training
CSA Z96 – High Visibility Apparel
CSA Z617-06 – PPE
Canada Labour Code Part II – Employer and Employee Duties
Why do I need dump truck 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, 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?
From 1992 to 2007, there were 829 construction worker fatalities that occurred because of dump truck-related incidents. (Source: Pubmed)
The largest dump truck in the world can carry 500 metric tons of dirt. This is equivalent to about 1 million pounds. (Source: Smithsonian.com)
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Dump Truck Training Frequently Asked Questions
Does CSA require dump truck training?
Yes, absolutely. Simply put, standards state very clearly that it is the employer’s responsibility to train dump truck operators. Bottom line, if you don’t train and there is an accident, and CSA comes in to investigate (and they will), you better believe they will ask for proof that workers have been trained (when and on what subjects). And if you can’t prove it, they will most likely refer to these standards and the OSH Act of 1970 as the basis for their citations.
How often do I need dump truck training?
CSA requires dump truck training for dump truck operators–on that there is no question. Where confusion exists is how often operators need dump truck refresher training or recertification. Outside of the initial safety training class, it is common to see companies set recertification at every three years. We are one of them. And here’s why:
As far as this 3-year dump truck training certification goes, CSA regulations are very specific when it comes to forklifts and a couple other pieces of equipment. However, on everything else they are not so clear. They just state the employer must regularly provide safety training for their aerial lift operators. Following industry best practices, we’ve adopted this 3-year term in order to help employers comply with the general standard of regularly providing and proving dump truck training. Ultimately, it is up to the employer to determine how frequently their dump truck operators need to be trained. Many of our customers require it more often, annually even. Others may stretch it out a bit. In working with CSA, though, it is our experience that they like to see employers adopt the strictest standard when the regulations are not clear. For instance, we know of companies that didn’t train every three years and were reprimanded by CSA for not offering additional training more often. It is not uncommon for CSA to refer to the forklift standard as the pattern by which training should be carried out for other pieces of equipment. On a side note, CSA is slowly but surely making training requirements specific for other pieces of equipment so there are no gray areas. Mobile cranes and aerial lifts, for instance, are all undergoing potential changes to the regulations that will reference training specifically.
So, with that in mind, we say dump truck operators must be re-evaluated every three years to determine if they are still competent enough to operate. We also state that this every-three-year dump truck evaluation is the maximum time that should be allowed to pass before an operator receives dump truck recertification. According to CSA, there are several instances that will require additional dump truck training and observation before the three year period is up:
- Dump truck operator is observed in an accident or a near miss
- Dump truck operator received a poor evaluation or is observed driving in a dangerous manner
- The dump truck operator is assigned to drive a different type of dump truck or the workplace has changed significantly enough to require additional dump truck training (such as being transferred from operating a dump truck used to hoist signs to a dump truck used for trimming trees).
I’ve received dump truck training for a standard dump truck with a tail gate. Can I operate a side dumper?
Not necessarily. CSA requires dump truck operators to receive dump truck training for each type of truck. On this term, “type,” there is much confusion. Generally speaking, by “type” CSA means standard dump truck vs side dumper vs bottom dumper vs super dump truck, etc. But dump truck operations can vary widely by machine size and capacity. So different sized dump trucks—even within the same brand–could also qualify as different types.
Keep in mind, controls can differ greatly from brand to brand, so in these cases you may need additional instruction or a quick dump truck refresher training to make sure you are clear on what each control does.
At the end of the day, if you were operating a truck and there was a dump truck accident and CSA came to investigate only to discover that you had received training specific to side dumpers but not standard dump trucks, then you’d be liable. You can’t really train too much.
I’ve operated dump trucks for 20 years. Do I need to take a class, a written exam, and a practical exam still? Or can I just take a written test?
No matter how long you’ve been on the job, CSA requires dump truck training, a dump truck written exam, and a practical dump truck evaluation. There is no way around it. This goes for other types of dump trucks too. The extent of the classroom dump truck training can be adapted by the instructor according to student needs. The written exam proves mental competency and understanding of the safety principles taught. And the practical evaluation proves the dump truck operator not only understands but is capable of operating the machine safely.
I received dump truck training at a different job. Do I need to be trained again by my new employer?
This is a common question, especially among laborers-for-hire who may sub out from job to job. Technically, it is your current employer who is responsible for saying whether or not you have been trained. If you bring a training certificate or wallet card to your new employer, they do not have to accept it. It is their right to require you to take their own training class. This is because if there is an accident, they will likely be responsible and need to prove to CSA that they trained you on safe dump truck operations.
What is dump truck certification? Who can train, evaluate, and certify operators?
This, above all, causes a lot of confusion. Bottom line, CSA states that employers are responsible to train their employees. Generally speaking, there are three ways they can do this:
- Train employees in-house with their own program
- Hire a 3rd party to train the employees (on-site or off-site)
- Use another company’s materials or online classes to train employees
In terms of using a 3rd part of a safety training companies materials (like our dump truck training kits on CD, USB or available via Digital Download or our online dump truck training) CSA does not recognize one company over another. They simply state that ‘training needs to occur’ and ‘here are the things a dump truck operator should be trained on.’
When we do onsite dump truck training or online dump truck training, people often assume we are the ones certifying the trainees. This is not true for any training company. We are simply assisting the employer by providing live training or the training materials needed to help them certify their employees for safe dump truck operation.
How do I take the dump truck practical evaluation if I take the training online?
The online dump truck training class covers CSA’s requirements for the classroom portion. Many employers prefer online training because they know exactly what training the operator will receive. In live classes, the training sometimes varies. A written exam is included at the end of our online training courses. After the class and exam are finished, you and your safety managers will have immediate access to a practical evaluation checklist. This can be printed off and used by your supervisor to help him or her evaluate you on the dump truck. When done, they can sign it and file it with your exam. This will satisfy CSA’s requirements for dump truck certification.
My trainee scored 80% on the exam. Did he pass or fail?
Contrary to popular belief, CSA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer whose responsibility it is to certify, or authorize, their employee to operate a dump truck. If you want to pass him at 80%, fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.