Heavy Equipment Training- Bobcat Operator Training- Total Equipment Training

OSHA’s subpart C for General Safety and Health provisions require skid-steer operators to be trained under 1926.21(b)(2) and 1926.20(b)(4) requirements. The employer is required to train Bobcat and Skid-Steer operators so that they can recognize and avoid unsafe conditions. Training needs to be comprehensive enough to help assure that the operator is fully capable of safely handling the equipment in the type of conditions encountered at the site. Experience is not sufficient and does not make an employee qualified to be an operator.

How to Become a Qualified Skid Steer/ Bobcat Operator

Only those who are qualified through training or experience are allowed to operate the equipment. Total Equipment Training offers a comprehensive operator program for bobcat/skid-steer operators. Our bobcat skid steer operator training is tailored to individual needs consisting of classroom and practical hands-on training and evaluation. Operators will take both a written and practical evaluation test to show their competency and to provide companies with the written documentation of training required by OSHA.


Our comprehensive classroom program will go over safety and operation of the skid-steer, as well as, site-specific safety conditions. We tailor each program specifically for the piece of equipment and how it is being used in the workplace.

Classroom Bobcat/Skid-Steer Certification Training Outline:

  • The effect of weight distribution on skid-steer loader steering and stability
  • Key principles every Bobcat Operator should know
  • Difference between tipping load and rated operating capacity
  • Understanding the hydrostatic transmission
  • Loader reaction when steering levers are moved
  • Maintenance, including the importance of safe, efficient, and productive operation
  • Identify the controls and their functions
  • Identify the safety features and their importance
  • Safe entry and exit
  • Changing attachments-if needed
  • Fundamentals of safe movement and maneuvering
  • Working with attachments
  • Efficient traveling and maneuvering techniques
  • Site hazards and conditions for safe operation
  • Shut down procedures
  • Safe Service
  • Basic hydraulic fundamentals and maintenance procedures for everyday use
  • Engaging and disengaging attachments
  • Components and safety features
  • Operator controls and steering levers
  • Loader inspection

Bobcat/Skid Steer Operator Training Practical Evaluation

Operators will be required to perform a pre-operational inspection and successfully demonstrate safely operating the Skid Steer in a site/job specific manner.

How Often Do Bobcat/Skid Steer Operators Need to be Retrained?

According to OSHA Standard 29 CRF 1910.178(I)(4), refresher training should be conducted when Bobcat/Skid Steer operators are found to be operating unsafely, involved in an accident or near miss, and when there are changes in equipment or work environment. In addition, OSHA requires an evaluation at least once every three years of each Bobcat/Skid Steer operator’s performance.

Are Your Employees in Need of Bobcat/Skid Steer Operator Training?

At Total Equipment Training, our bobcat/skid steer operator trainers are experienced, thorough and the best in the industry. Our effective and efficient approach to bobcat/skid steer operator training sets us apart from other training programs. We bring our training program to your site, saving you time and money. In addition, our on-site bobcat/skid steer training can be customized to meet your organization’s specific needs. If you’re interested in one of our training programs, contact us today!

Skid Steer and Bobcat

We used Total Equipment Training for 8 of our skid steer operators. The instructor came to use, used our equipment and really made my guys feel at ease. The program was excellent, instructor extremely knowledgeable. Since it was our equipment and our location, the learning environment both in the classroom and in the field was comfortable and tailored to our needs. There was a lot of hands on experience, and rigorous information about safety.

Construction supervisor – Newark New Jersey.

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