This course provides online training for front-end loader operators, focusing on safety. The course is I-CAB Recognized and CSA/OHS compliant, and it covers the classroom requirements of operator training according to Canadian law. The course also includes a checklist, which can be used to observe the operator on a front-end loader during the practical training. While the course is designed for operators, it contains valuable knowledge for supervisors, safety managers, and any worker who interacts with front-end loaders.
Front-end loaders are also known as wheel loaders, payloaders, bucket loaders, articulated wheel loaders, etc. Front end loaders can have a rigid or articulated frame, and many attachment options are depending on the task. This course covers aspects like their physical characteristics, attachments used, stability considerations, and maintenance requirements. It also covers the hazards associated with front-end loaders, and how to avoid them.
To use a front-end loader safely, the operator must be familiarized with the main controls and how key components work: gauges, hydraulic system, steering system, cylinder assemblies, engine compartment, wheels, etc.
An operator is considered skilled after accumulating 100 hours of experience with front-end loaders. Training is critical for novice operators, and legally required, but experienced operators may be required to take courses before renewing a certificate or license.
Front-end loader operators are responsible for protecting themselves and their coworkers. In addition to the federal regulations, operators and their supervisors must be aware of provincial or territorial requirements. They must also follow the instructions provided by equipment manufacturers, and any applicable company policies.
After taking this online course, the operator will be capable of describing the components, controls, safety features and applications of a front-end loader. The knowledge required for safe operation includes:
Pre-start inspection and maintenance requirements
Starting, warmup, shutdown and refueling
Basic maneuvers, earthmoving, leveling, stockpiling and loading trucks
Importance of vehicle orientation when loading and unloading
Travelling loaded and unloaded
Operating safely with ramps and inclined surfaces
Keeping the vehicle stable
Front-end loader operators must also be capable of identifying hazards, which may change depending on the worksite and application. Operators must also be aware of pedestrians and other equipment, since an accidental contact can cause severe injuries or material damage. Having an adequate rescue plan is also necessary. Preventative maintenance is critical for the safe operation of front-end loaders. Even with a highly skilled operator, there can be accidents if the hydraulic system or another key component suffers a malfunction.
The Front-End Loader Operator Training online course is divided into five sections:
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Anatomy
Section 3: Stability
Section 4: Safe Operation
Section 5: Conclusion
This content developer is recognized by the International Competency Assessment Board (I-CAB) for its expertise in this subject matter and is listed as a competency development resource for I-CAB assessment participants.
This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.
Average Completion Time
Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 90 minutes.
Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.