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June 4, 2013 702-222-2362
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT TRAINING SERVICES TO OFFER NEW NATIONAL CERTIFICATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Board of Directors Approves Expanded Services for Job Training and Heavy Equipment Operations Certification
(LAS VEGAS) – At its recent annual meeting, the Board of Directors for NAHETS, the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools, announced the creation of new national certification and training programs for the operation of heavy construction equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, graders and cranes.
Through its nationally-recognized Colleges of Construction in California, Oklahoma and Georgia, NAHETS has been providing comprehensive heavy-equipment training to military veterans and construction workers to meet industry needs throughout the country, from mining to construction and public works projects. “We provide this service in order to increase jobsite proficiency and reduce jobsite accidents because worker safety and quality training go hand in hand,” said Robert List, former Governor of Nevada and current NAHETS Board chairman.
“We’ve recognized, however, that there is no current uniform certification process to ensure that all heavy equipment operators are sufficiently trained to ensure their safety, as well as the safety of others,” added List. “We’re taking the initiative to provide a certification process that can be trusted and relied upon, and we’re creating curriculum and training programs that can be implemented on-site as well as in the classroom.”
NAHETS certification will be technical and methodical, expanding on current Adaptable Equipment Proficiency Testing (ADEPT) that measures knowledge and abilities, focusing on ensuring that entry-level operators have the knowledge and skills necessary to be safe and effective. Certification criteria includes general knowledge of heavy equipment, heavy equipment safety, practical math applications, grades and site layout, soils, blueprint reading, basic earthmoving, and specific equipment functions.
Currently, more than 2000 heavy equipment operators have received NAHETS certification, as well as almost 500 crane operators.
NAHETS also will offer industry partners additional corresponding programs that build on the instruction and certification success of its member schools. These include training curriculum programs as well as specialized equipment training that can be implemented on-site. “Workforce education and safety instruction is an on-going process,” said Robert Albano, chief operating officer of NAHETS. “And we’ll bring that service right to where the construction activity takes place.”
The newly-elected NAHETS Board of Directors brings prominent industry leaders together with decades of experience in workforce training and safety. Joining Governor List are Wade Turlington, sales and operator training support manager for Volvo Equipment USA, Dr. Barry Savage, senior leadership seminar director for the Battelle Memorial Institute; Greg Prentice, partner with Southwest Risk Management, LLC; Rodney Gamble, vice president and general manager of Aggregates and Asphalt, Cemex; Thomas Wanamaker, human resources and training manager at STARCON International, and Robert Albano, chief operating officer for NAHETS.
With its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas, Nev., NAHETS has members at The Georgia College of Construction in Atlanta, The Oklahoma College of Construction in Oklahoma City, and the Northern California College of Construction in Stockton. At these schools entry-level operators receive intense, innovative and flexible heavy equipment training, earning certification that exceeds industry standards and ensures that certified operators are safe and effective.