Job requirements Heavy Equipment Operator Apprentice in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a heavy equipment operator apprentice in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (NOC 7521).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • Completion of a one- to two-year apprenticeship program or Some high school, college or industry courses in heavy equipment operating combined with on-the-job training are required.
  • Trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Internal company certification may be required by some employers.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
British Columbia Asphalt Paving/laydown Technician Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Heavy Equipment Operator (excavator) Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Heavy Equipment Operator (dozer) Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
Heavy Equipment Operator (tractor-loader-backhoe) Regulated Industry Training Authority British Columbia
New Brunswick Heavy Equipment Operator Regulated Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification, Government of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Heavy Equipment Operator (dozer) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Heavy Equipment Operator (tractor-loader-backhoe) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Heavy Equipment Operator (excavator) Regulated Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Departmant of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia Heavy Equipment Operator (dozer) Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Heavy Equipment Operator (excavator) Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Heavy Equipment Operator (tractor-loader-backhoe) Regulated Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Ontario Heavy Equipment Operator — Dozer Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Heavy Equipment Operator — Excavator Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Heavy Equipment Operator —tractor Loader Backhoe Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Prince Edward Island Heavy Equipment Operator (dozer) (tractor-loader-backhoe) Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Heavy Equipment Operator (excavator) Regulated Apprenticeship Training and Skilled Trade Certification, Government of Prince Edward Island
Québec Forest Road Machinery Operator Regulated Emploi Québec
Heavy Equipment Operator Regulated Commission de la Construction du Québec
Shovel Operator Regulated Commission de la Construction du Québec
Saskatchewan Pipeline Equipment Operator   Regulated Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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