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Next Certificate Program Start: 06/06/2022
Next Associate Degree Program Start: 07/05/2022


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  Locations –  California, Georgia, Oklahoma

  Program Length – 3 Weeks

OverviewBenefitsCareer OutlookCurriculum


Choosing a career can be a daunting task. Many people who are considering a postsecondary education are pursuing careers in tech-related industries because of the increased automation of our daily lives. However, it is worth noting that skilled trades are as important today as they have ever been and there is a great demand for workers in such fields. There are certain jobs that are better performed by skilled workers. And it’s the type of job that you’re able to leave behind when you go home for the day!

Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level I is a three-week course designed to provide even the most novice student a practical understanding of basic heavy equipment operation. You will learn the essential skills of earthmoving, including digging, trenching and loading, in addition to heavy equipment safety, preventive maintenance, and construction site fundamentals such as grades.


HEC offers the curriculum and valuable combination of hands-on experience and classroom instruction that lead to well-rounded and capable entry-level professionals. We believe learning should be a great experience. That is why we are proud to offer courses that have been carefully constructed to give our students the opportunity to excel in their field.

Benefits of the Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level I program include:

  • Hands-On Training: In this program, you will learn the basics of working as a heavy equipment operator. This generally includes the basics of backhoes and wheel loaders, depending on location. This program gives you a solid foundation upon which to build your career.
  • Three Week Program:
  • We understand you have a busy life and you can’t afford to spend months, even years, to complete a training program. To help get you out of the classroom and into a position, this program can be finished in three weeks.
  • Multiple Locations: We have locations all across the United States. Find a location nearest to your home and conveniently train for your new career.
  • Certification: Earning the Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level I training will qualify you for the ADEPT (Adaptable Equipment Proficiency Testing) exam, a nationally-recognized heavy equipment operations certification.

Career Outlook

The demand for knowledgeable and skilled heavy equipment operators is expected to continue to increase over the next ten years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of heavy equipment operation stands to grow as much as five percent from 2020 to 2030.

*Program availability varies by location.


Are you ready to continue on the path to acquiring the education and skills you need to succeed in field of heavy equipment operations? For more information, contact us today. We can talk about the next steps and help you enroll in the program. You will have gained a foundation on which to build in our Certificate of Heavy Equipment Operations – Level ll course. We are excited to have you and help you throughout your journey. At HEC, we have built a program that revolves around you. Come see how it works!

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

OKLAHOMA LOCATION ONLY: This school has a Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The TWC-assigned school number is: S2698 . The school’s programs are approved by TWC, as well as Accrediting Commission of Careers Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). 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.

*SkillBridge prepares service members for civilian employment through first-class apprenticeships, on-the-job training, job shadowing, internships and employment skills training. Service members are eligible to participate in a SkillBridge up to 180 days prior to separation. To be considered for an open seat in a SkillBridge you must contact the POC at the installation where you want to attend a SkillBridge 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.

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