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The Importance of Heavy Equipment Certification in Construction

Technical and practical knowledge of heavy equipment and how to use such machines is a vital part of the job for those who operate them at construction sites and elsewhere. The more certified workers an employer has on-site can drastically reduce the number of potentially fatal workplace mishaps. Education of proper equipment and techniques is important to construction zone safety for heavy equipment operators and others, as it helps the work site be a safer place for everyone. That is one of the main reason to get Heavy Equipment Certification.

On top of the equipment designed to prevent and minimize bodily injuries, construction workers are also protected by industry standards, rules and regulations set forth nationally by the Directorate of Construction (DOC). The DOC works in tandem with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to create occupational guidelines and legislation. The DOC also functions as the government’s expert on the construction industry. States and employers may also have their own rules and regulations regarding construction worker safety.

OSHA offers its own safety guidelines and regulations as they pertain to categories of recommended safety equipment. Such practical apparel is referred to as Construction Personal Protective Equipment.

Self-Confidence on the Job

In gaining your heavy equipment certification, you have proven your confidence to properly and safely work with heavy machines not only to prospective employers but to yourself as well. You are confident in performing tasks using heavy machinery at construction sites and elsewhere.

A little confidence can go a long way toward being a great heavy machine operator, compared to just an adequate one. In short, achieving HE certification can help you be a better, more productive employee.

Exemplified Safety Knowledge 

In order to be granted such certification, you must have a comprehensive understanding of the safety methods and equipment involved on the job. Safety equipment and best practices are a substantial portion of most heavy equipment training programs.

Additionally, knowledge of proper operating techniques itself is an aspect of safety, which you will have proven in obtaining your heavy equipment certification. Knowing and implementing safety procedures, as we have established thus far, is the best way to protect yourself and those around you from bodily harm while working in a construction site.

Reduce Employer Liability

Certification allows employers to be confident in hiring you as an employee and saves them money compared to someone who hasn’t proven that they know what they are doing at the helm of a heavy machine. Companies are usually looking to invest their money in as close to sure things as they can because at the end of the day, it’s about the bottom line.

A whopping 51 percent of construction workers who were surveyed in a study by the National Safety Council reported their respective management only meeting the minimum safety requirements. This adds an extra level of clarity as to why employers seek certified heavy equipment operators.

Possessing a working knowledge and understanding of heavy machines, combined with wearing the proper safety attire, is critical to maintaining your personal safety on the job at a construction site.

Gaining Heavy Equipment Certification

OK, so heavy equipment certification is important if you want to work with heavy machines in a construction setting. How do you go about gaining certification?

Many vocational schools offer certification as part of their heavy equipment educational training programs. This may take different forms, depending on the school you wish to attend for your training. Some offer certification as part of the program, while others offer stand-alone certification, which can also be utilized by professionals already in the field. Some schools also offer training for all of a company’s relevant employees, which is not a bad strategy to ensure everyone is on the same level with regard to best practices at the construction site.

For those seeking certification in working with cranes, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) offers its own certification options for both individual workers as well as employers.

Regardless of the route you take to achieve certification in heavy equipment operation, it all starts with an educational program at a trade school or community college in your local area.

Heavy on the Education AND the Equipment

For your heavy equipment educational needs, look no further than Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC). You can learn the ins, outs and complexities of heavy equipment operation, in addition to lattice boom and mobile crane operation, through programs offered at HEC’s seven campuses across the country.

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America prides itself on providing entry-level practical heavy equipment education tailored to its students’ individual needs. HEC’s programs implement a healthy balance of both textbook learning and hands-on experience to adequately prepare students for entry-level skilled trade jobs.

HEC has been training aspiring heavy equipment operators for over a decade, and its campuses are approved testing sites for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).

HEC would be nothing if it were not for the knowledge and guidance provided by its instructors. They have invaluable experience with heavy equipment and cranes, which allows them to bequeath lessons they learned in the workplace to aspiring heavy equipment and crane professionals.

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America offers comprehensive heavy equipment operating courses that can be completed in as little as three weeks. This allows you to save time and money compared to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program while also providing you with the knowledge and competence you need to start your new career.

An education from Heavy Equipment Colleges of America can help you take advantage of a prosperous job outlook, as projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Per said projections, the employment of construction equipment operations will increase by 12 percent, a faster than average rate, through the year 2026. HEC can help with the first steps on your journey toward a rewarding career in the construction industry.

If you are passionate about construction, do not delay. Learn more about the courses offered at Heavy Equipment Colleges of America or to schedule a tour of the campus nearest you, please visit

By Anthony Wilk



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