Snowcat Skills

Enhancement & Recertification

Snowcat Skills

Enhancement & Recertification

Advanced Operation & Safety Course for Experienced Recertification Snowcat Operators


The Snowcat Skills Enhancement & Recertification course expands on the Snowcat Operator Certification course and teaches students advanced technical skills on snowcat operation, repair, safety, and survival.




This course was designed to rejuvenate and expand on the snowcat safety skills learned from the Snow Operator Certification course.


The majority of this training is in the field. We focus on safety and survival techniques, specialized equipment training, and equipment repair under emergency conditions.


To keep in compliance with OSHA safety retraining guidelines, it is recommended that snowcat operators take this course every two years.


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

  • Discover night driving and mission based rescue skills
  • Learn low visibility tactics, field repair, navigation skills, and advanced extrication drills

COURSE DURATION: Two Days (16 hours)

CLASS SIZE: Maximum 8 (1 Instructor)



Students solidify their understanding of basic principles of snowcat operation while incorporating more advanced techniques such as night driving and mission based rescue skills into their driver’s knowledge.


These may include night and low visibility tactics, field repair, navigation skills, mission based rescue and advanced extrication drills. Additional topics may include blading, thermal imaging and night vision systems, snowcat specific avalanche training, extreme terrain conditions, extended survival, emergency methodologies and overall OSHA compliance issues.




This is a recertification course for experienced snowcat operators. Instead of retaking the Snowcat Operation Certification course, students can learn advanced knowledge and techniques for snowcat operation, repair and extended survival methodologies while being re-certified.


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



Snowcat Basic Operation Certification




This course meets the requirements of the OSHA Regulation and requirement as summarized below:

  • Employers must provide safe working conditions for their employees and are required to provide training for an employee that encompasses the knowledge and the ability to safely perform their jobs.
  • 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.



ANSI Z490.1




Classroom and Field Training Topics

  • 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 Varying Terrain – Recognizing Hazards
  • Side Hill Travel – Knowing your limits and managing risk
  • 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 Safety One Snowcat Operator Certification Manual and other materials necessary for the course.




We take a tremendous amount of training at our utility and often times they can be dry. Our crew looks forward to this course every time and we enjoy learning skills that will actually save our lives out there.

– Grant A, Senior Technician 3


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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.