Skid-steer Competent Operator

Skid Steer Competent Operator training provides the understanding of Skid Steer operation, maintenance and material handling. This training covers both federal and provincial legislative requirements. As per Saskatchewan OH&S Regulations Section 154, Table 14.1, anyone who operates Powered Mobile Equipment is required to complete a minimum 16 hours training. This program is a combination of both theory and practical competency assessment training.


Classroom Training Content


Skid Steer Competent Operator Training incorporates the use of custom designed interactive models and visual aids which help to enhance interest and facilitate a higher comprehension level for participants.


Course Outline



  • Duties of Employers, Supervisors, and Employees under Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 1996.

  • Terminology specific to Skid Steer

  • Inspections as per OEM and Regulatory Requirements

  • Types of Skid Steers (Specific design of Skid Steer to be operated)

  • OEM Manufacturers Operating Requirements

  • Load Ratings, Safety Factors

  • Site Evaluation, Travel Route, Clearances, Ground Conditions, Structures, Overhead Utilities, Underground Utilities, Site Gradients

  • Operation of Hand and Foot Controls specific to the Operators Equipment

  • Safe Operating Practices including Loading, Unloading, Backfilling and Levelling

  • Maintenance Schedule, Repair Procedures, Blocking during Servicing


Practical Component


Practical skill check assessment is required in order to receive certification at the completion of the course. Skid Steer Competent Operator Certification is required as per Saskatchewan Occupational Health & Safety Regulations. Operators are required to complete the Competency Skill Check on the Skid Steer that will be used in their specific operating environment.




Upon completion of Skid Steer Competent Operator Training, operators will have the knowledge, training and information required to safely and efficiently operate their Skid Steer.


Duration & Location


4 hours of classroom theory followed by written competency exam. The remainder of the program includes practical operation which gives the operator an opportunity to practice newly acquired skills prior to completing a final skill check assessment for Skid Steer Competent Operator Certification. This course is conducted at various facilities, shops, yards or any location where operator and site-specific Skid Steers are available and utilized during training as per course and Saskatchewan Powered Mobile Equipment Competent Operator Regulations.


Operator Certification


Powered Mobile Equipment Competent Operator has no expiry date once an operator has been deemed competent.  Workers must be re-evaluated in situations where they have not been operating a specific type of PME regularly for a period of three years.