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Safety One Training is the largest Snowcat Operator and Survival Training provider in the world.


This Snowcat Operator Certification (Basic Safety) course is developed to provide snowcat operators with the knowledge and skills required to command and conduct field expedient repairs, as well as safety & survival techniques to deal with extreme weather conditions and emergency situations.




The Snowcat Operator Certification training is a comprehensive program including two days of intense classroom instruction and two days of practical field safety training, with the focus on safety & survival techniques, specialized equipment training, and snowcat repair under emergency conditions.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive the Safety One Certification and will be able to:

  • Operate snowcats efficiently to improve productivity
  • Handle common emergency repairs on snow vehicles and tracked all-terrain vehicles
  • Stay safe in extreme weather conditions in remote areas

COURSE DURATION: Four Days (32 hours)

CLASS SIZE: Maximum 8 (1 Instructor)



Winter Survival & Environmental Factors for Workers Exposed to Harsh Winter Conditions in Remote Areas

  • Safety & Survival Skills such as cold injuries, hypothermia, emergency sheltering, and fire building techniques


Mechanical and Technical Instruction Pertaining to Vehicle Operations
Snowcat Operations Field Course




This course was developed for men and women who operate tracked vehicles in snow or extreme climate conditions.


OSHA states that employers must ensure that, prior to operating any equipment the person is qualified or certified to operate the equipment



Students must have mental and physical aptitude for operating equipment in back country environments.




This course meets OSHA Regulations and requirements as summarized below:

  • Employers shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.
  • Employees are required to be trained in safety-related work practices and safe work procedures for the hazards they may face on the job site.
  • Employers must certify that appropriate training has been received and maintained for each employee whose job interfaces with a snowcat or cold weather environment.


General Duty Clause Section 5a1, cold weather stress equation, winter preparedness requirements, weather ready nation program recommendations, training standards within 1910.268, 1910.269 and numerous others.



This course uses compliant safety methods from ANSI Z490.1




Classroom Training

Winter Survival & Environmental Factors

  • Hypothermia – How it kills, recognition, prevention
  • Frostbite – Simple secrets to limit your exposure
  • Clothing and Accessories – Understand the system to stay alive and stay comfortable anywhere
  • Case Histories – Simple lessons to avoid disaster
  • Survival Attitude – Survival is a mental game. Learn how to win
  • Winter Survival – Secrets that make a difference
  • Fires and Fire Starting – Tools that work in extreme cold conditions
  • Survival Kits & Shelters

Snowcat Mechanicals

  • Snow Vehicle Development and History – What works, what doesn’t and why
  • Snow Vehicles of Today – Selecting the best option for your application
  • Snow Vehicle Basic Performance Factors – How to get where you are going
  • Introduction to Hills, Side Slopes, and other Terrain Hazards
  • Field Inspection of Snow Vehicles – Preventing failures before you leave the parking lot
  • Tips on Trailer Load/Off Load Safety – Avoid fatal mistakes
  • Track Systems and Grouser Bars – Learn what style works best in your environment
  • Sprockets, Wheels and Tires – Recognizing signs of impending failure
  • Expedient Field Repairs for Common Failures – Getting your vehicle and crew home safely
  • Recognizing and Managing Special Terrain Hazards – Mistakes that can cost lives
  • How to Mitigate Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – a Serious Hazard


Field Training
Snowcat Operations

  • Track Repairs in the field – Your ticket home
  • Expedient field repairs – Dealing with the unexpected using what you have
  • Basic Snowcat Maneuvers – Mastering basic maneuvers and key operational safety aspects
  • Snow Vehicle Operation on Level Terrain – Recognizing terrain signs
  • Side Hill Travel – Knowing your limits and managing side slip
  • Climbing Hills on Soft Snow – Doing it right
  • Pre-Operation Inspections – Pre-empting disaster
  • Center of Gravity – Learn how to instantly modify your center of gravity to make maneuvers safely in extreme terrain and to regain control of a sliding snow vehicle
  • Ascending Steep Slopes – Maintaining traction and selecting optimal routes
  • Descending Steep Slopes – Selecting routes and techniques for safe decent
  • Field Exercises – Practice the most important techniques to develop operator skills and confidence
  • Extricating Stuck Snow Vehicles – Simple tips to do it safely
  • Signaling Demonstration – Why most signals are worthless
  • Tips on Trailer Load/Off Load Safety – Avoid fatal mistakes



Students will receive the most current version of the Safety One Snowcat Operator Certification Manual and other materials necessary for the course.




We have sent our employees to this course many times over the years and they always come back with something new. A must have for anybody intended to operate tracked vehicles under harsh conditions.

-Henry A., Foreman


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We Also Bring the Course to You


For companies that have five or more employees that need snowcat operator training, Safety One can offer all open enrollment courses and customized snowcat training at the client’s site.


By tailoring a training course to your site, equipment, and your staff, we are able to develop a comprehensive training plan to address specific issues unique to your snowcat and business needs.


Plus, there is a cost saving benefit by reducing employees’ travel time and expenses.