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Are you ready to enroll in a college that is focused on you and that works hard to ensure you fully develop the skills needed to become successful in the workplace? For all of your heavy equipment operation needs, Heavy Equipment Colleges of America are here to help. All of our locations provide experienced and balanced instruction that ensures a comprehensive education. We want our candidates to be the best qualified in the market!

How to Apply – HEC

Interested in enrolling with Heavy Equipment Colleges of America? We are always happy to have new students and look forward to working with you when it comes to developing your skills in heavy equipment operations. The application process is the same across all of our locations and is easy to complete. Let’s take a look at how you can gain admittance to our training programs.

Admission Requirements

Before you are able to complete enrollment with one of our locations, there are a few specific steps you will need to follow. You should also keep in mind the following requirements before you begin the application process:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants must be able to provide proof of identity.
  • Applicants must have completed either their high school degree or an equivalent like the GED.
  • Applicants must be physically/mentally capable of safely operating all equipment on a daily basis in order to successfully complete the program.

With these requirements in mind, let’s take a look at the application process. We promise it is a fairly straightforward one.

Step One – Submit Your Application

Submit a completed Enrollment Application and provide proof of your identity. This can be done by supplying any of the following:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Social security card
  • Military identification
  • Birth certificate

Please note that if you do not have any of the above, there might still be alternate forms of identification you can use to complete the application process. Consider reaching out to the campus you plan to attend and asking them for more information.

Step Two – Provide Proof of Your Education

Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED certificate. If you do not have a GED or a high school diploma, you may still be able to complete the application process. Reach out to the campus where you hope to study and talk to them about your options. In general, you must be able to demonstrate essential math and literacy requirements if you do not have a GED or high school diploma. This is done through the school’s basic math aptitude assessment as well as a reading assessment to ensure you are able to read and write the English language.

Step Three – Meet Basic Physical Criteria

Applicants must meet basic physical criteria. Our locations do not discriminate based on mental or physical disabilities. We just have to ensure that you are physically and mentally capable of safely operating all equipment on a daily basis to successfully complete the program.

At Heavy Equipment Colleges of America, we encourage students who might have a concern regarding a physical or mental disability to visit the campus in question and allow the staff there to evaluate your individual circumstance. The college might allow a student to attempt to attend some portion of the training as a trial basis (up to three days) without being responsible for tuition charges in order to better assess whether or not they meet the requirements. Mobile Crane students will be required to pass a physical examination in order to apply for the NCCCO written or practical examinations.

As an additional note about the mental and physical requirements needed to enroll at one of our locations, Heavy Equipment Colleges of America would like to clarify that we do not deny admission to anyone based on race, ethnicity, creed, color, gender, religion or national origin. There are, however, some potential safety risks that could be cause of concern. The following may disqualify an applicant:

  • A history of epilepsy seizures
  • Medication that might interfere with your ability to safely operate equipment
  • Providing an invalid driver’s license
  • Felony conviction

The above conditions might prevent a graduate from obtaining employment and therefore might be barriers to admission to our heavy equipment training schools. Admission may still be granted to applicants who do not meet the HEC’s requirements if the applicant can provide substantial evidence that employment opportunities exist regardless of the above admissions requirements. The individual college will make this determination on a case-by-case basis.

What about financing and housing?

At Heavy Equipment Colleges of America, we believe that our students should be able to acquire an education without going into an incredible amount of debt. With that in mind, financing and housing assistance are available to those who qualify. Contact each individual campus for more information.

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America is proud to offer financial and housing support to the men and women of our Armed Forces. Our school is approved for VA education.  Let our admissions department help you get started on your new career!



CA – San Bernardino:  1955 W. 9th Street | San Bernardino, CA 92411
CA – Ft. Irwin:  306 Langford Lake Road | Bld # TR0403 | CA 92310
(Location is on a military base and is VETERAN ONLY – Career Skills Program (CSP)*)
Georgia:  581 Sigman Road, Suite 300 | Conyers, GA 30013
North Carolina:  1909 Bragg Blvd, Suite 94 | Fayetteville, NC 28303
Oklahoma:  6101 W. Reno Avenue, Suite 1000 | Oklahoma City, OK 73127
Washington:  4701 McChord Drive SW | Lakewood, WA 98499
(Location is on military base and is VETERAN ONLY – Career Skills Program (CSP)*and VA Education Benefits)

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CALIFORNIA LOCATION ONLY: Heavy Equipment College of America is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. ( Access all Catalogs, Student Performance Fact Sheets and Brochures here.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the government agency responsible for determining eligibility for VA education benefits and for authorizing payment for the benefits. If you have questions about the available benefits or your eligibility, please contact our admissions office at 888- 879-9492. You may also visit to learn more about the available benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America cannot guarantee employment or career advancement or any particular earnings or salary.

OKLAHOMA LOCATION ONLY: Heavy Equipment Colleges of America has a Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The school’s programs are approved by TWC. Students must address their concerns about this school of any of its educational programs by following the grievance process outlined in the school’s catalog. Students dissatisfied with the school’s response to their complaint or who are not able to file a complaint with the school, can file a formal complaint with TWC, as well as with other relevant agencies or accreditors, if applicable. Information on filing a complaint with TWC can be found on TWC’s website at

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and provides training to prepare candidates for CCO examinations.

*The Army’s Career Skills Program (CSP) prepares Soldiers for civilian employment through first-class apprenticeships, on-the-job training, job shadowing, internships and employment skills training. Soldiers are eligible to participate in an Army CSP up to 180 days prior to separation from the Army and after completion of the mandatory 5-day SFL-TAP workshop. To be considered for an open seat in a CSP you must contact the POC at the installation where you want to attend a CSP and submit your commander authorized/signed participation memo in advance of the start date.

WIOA/TAA funded training may be provided only to individuals who qualify for the program and not only if funds are available.