skid steer training certification or refresher.skid steer training certification or refresher.

Skid Steer Training

Certification Course

Bobcat Training Or Refresher

skid steer training outline

Skid Steer

Skid Steer training certification provides participants a general understanding of the safe and efficient operation of a Skid Steer. Participants will be able to identify specific health and safety hazards associated with operating a Skid Steer. 

How Long Is Skid Steer Safety Training?

Theory training takes approximately three hours. All onsite training is delivered and scheduled to your convenience (off shifts, weekends, whenever and wherever).

Course Review

The two segments to the program include classroom theory & practical evaluation

  • Review legislation requirements.
  • The Operator's responsibilities.
  • Group discussion on experiences of actual incidents or close calls.
  • Consequences of unsafe operation of a skid steer. (Legal, Moral, Ethical, Social and Psychological).
  • Review attachments available for Skid Steer and highlight differences.
  • Pre-shift Inspections
  • Stability triangle \ trapezoid
  • Center of Gravity of the load & Center of Gravity of Skid Steers
  • Capacity of Skid Steers, capacity plates (reading & understanding.)
  • Specific hazards & controls when driving a Skid Steer.
  • How to respond to an emergency situation involving a Skid Steer
  • List specific driving rules to your use of Skid Steers.
  • Learner Verification and review. 50 question, True & False format.

Part 2 - skid steer operator training

Driver Operator Evaluation Objectives

All Operators completing the “Operator evaluation” must have successfully completed “concepts of safe & efficient driving” training. Each operator of a Skid Steer will be tested in the safe and efficient use of your equipment.

Whenever possible, this will be done during production hours (This will allow for an evaluation under the conditions the bobcat operators will be required to operate their Skid Steer in). Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be “Certified” as Skid Steer Operators.

Driver's Hands On Evaluation

Each Trainee will be required to do a preshift inspection. Then theey will be tested on the following:

  • Attachment at correct height
  • Smooth stopping
  • Load is centered
  • Load all way the way to heel of forks  
  • Attachment level before entering
  • Load is stable for lifting and transporting
  • Proper tilt for type of load
  • looks before baking up
  • Stops at all blind corners
  • Proceeds at safe speed
  • How to deal with obstructed view

Observed Picking Up A Load

  • Approach with load down
  • Raising load
  • Looks behind before backing out
  • Smooth operation
  • Levels load before putting it in place
  • looks before baking up
  • Gently places
  • Insures all people are at a safe distance
  • Aware of rear end swing


  • Attachment flat to floor/ground
  • Tilt forward
  • Parking brake on

Propane Handling Observation (If Applicable)

Propane Cylinder
  • Review physical characteristics of an on site propane tank.
  • Complete overview of tank condition ( O-ring, collar, dating, soap solution check, etc.)
  • All participants will change a propane tank on an Skid Steer, or propane heater (site specific) in a competent manner.
  • Review evaluation form with the trainee

If your Skid Steer’s are propane powered “Certification” of participant in “propane cylinder exchange,” is included in this training program.

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