Heavy Equipment Operation Courses

Our Equipment Schedule

All equipment will need to be shared as necessary, depending on the class size. You will have a minimum of 4 hours daily operating equipment. Students will have direct hands-on operation of backhoes, trackhoes, dozers, loaders, graders and scrapers. Students will spend approximately 80% of training time in the field.

Classroom and Project Time

Classroom time consists of engineering, safety, and applied math and volume computations. Surveying training consists of lasers and rod and hand-sight levels. Students perform all projects under the supervision of instructors who advise and guide them, as needed. Construction conditions exist to train students in a work atmosphere.

Heavy Equipment Operators

Real-world experience with real-world professionals

With dedicated instructors who bring valuable real-world experience, hands-on training with modern equipment and a 45-acre training site, you will gain the skills necessary to begin a new career as a heavy equipment operator. We also emphasize real-world, hands-on training with 100 hours of "seat" time which gives you actual time training on the heavy equipment.

National Certification

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) was created to address the severe workforce shortage facing our industry and to develop standardized construction, maintenance and pipeline curricula. Today, NCCER is supported by hundreds of leading construction companies, manufacturers and national trade associations.

Heavy Equipment Operator School of Idaho is accredited by The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3)-education foundation founded in 1995 by 11 of the world’s largest and most progressive construction companies and several national construction associations.

How Does the National Registry Benefit a Student?

The portability of training accomplishments, regardless of where the training may have geographically occurred is very advantageous to trainees.

The National Registry also gives students more flexibility in their career path planning and ensures that their training accomplishments will be recognized wherever they go.


The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) develops and publishes the Contren® Learning Series. The modular programs are competency-based and include written and performance evaluations. NCCER’s Contren® Learning Series is taught nationwide by accredited NCCER sponsors. Sponsors include post-secondary schools like Heavy Equipment Operator School of Idaho.