Training & Certification for

Mini Excavator

Product Information

Three Different Types of Trainings

Whether you want 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 certificate you need in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

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.
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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.
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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. The result is a lifetime certification.
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What's in the Training?

Our safety training course is regulation-compliant, and our online version fulfills Canada’s classroom training requirement. Each class contains sections on weight, angles and stress, the center of gravity, sling hitches and types, and the hardware and lifting devices these workers can expect to work with.

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:

Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-B352.0-09: ROPS, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment)
  • CAN/CSA-M12117-05: Earth-Moving Machinery (TOPS) for Compact Excavators
  • 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 – Systems and Performance Requirements and Test Procedures

Why Do I Need Training?

In line with regulations, anyone who works with or around heavy machinery must receive training prior to working on their own. While requirements for refresher training are very specific, most safety trainings don’t have such specific requirements. However it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

When it comes to refresher training, Canada’s standard in some instances is 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.
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Did You Know?

A mini-excavator only differs from a regular excavator by its weight.

The only manufacturer of mini-excavators is in the United States under several company names.

The first excavator, called the steam shovel, was used in 1796.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a mini excavator cost?

A new model can cost between $20,000 to $90,000 USD. Micro models begin lower, at about $4,000. Used excavators start at $3,000 and cap at about $50,000.

What’s the smallest mini excavator?

Komatsu makes a small model of rideable mini excavator with a bucket capacity only a little larger than a shovel. It’s designed to work in tight spaces and works well for laying pipes in small lots.

What mini excavator is the best?

When considering a mini excavator, you should take several factors into account. Consider cost, but also which attachments you’ll need, the size of your space and the size of the equipment, the type of boom, and the terrain you’ll be working on. Remember that you’ll need to keep your training up to date for the equipment you use, and different models will have different safety features and procedures.

What can you do with a mini excavator?

Ultimately, these versatile machines are designed to dig in the dirt. But some related uses for a mini excavator might include snow removal, digging trenches, demolishing small structures, accessing sewer lines, landscaping projects, and digging or dredging pools or ponds.
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