Earn your Heavy Equipment Operator Credentials in 4 weeks!

National Training’s Heavy Now program is both challenging and rewarding to complete, and has been specifically designed with you and public safety in mind. With our Heavy Now course,  students are taught the safety and operation of bulldozers, articulating loaders, tractor/loader backhoes, excavators, laser survey technology & laser surveying. We emphasize hands-on learning as the primary vehicle to build your skills as a professional heavy equipment operator.

HEOS enables students to benefit from an affordable training program that complies with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the State of Florida’s Commission for Independent Education, and NCCER Registered.

NCCER Accredited

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation serving a broad spectrum of the construction and maintenance industries since 1996. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEO’s and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry.

Some of our instructors hold NCCER Master Training credentials

Working in partnership with various sectors of the construction and maintenance industries, NCCER has dedicated itself to developing and maintaining quality curricula and a training process that is nationally recognized, standardized, portable, and competency-based. These credentials are then tracked through NCCER’s registry allowing organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires.

Heavy equipment operators (HEO) not only work on regular construction building jobs, but also on infrastructure projects (roads, bridges, and ports, otherwise called non-building construction), and in mining and timber operations. A trained and experienced equipment operator provides necessary skills for any project that requires moving and transporting heavy materials, or that demands any kind of earthmoving.

Certain members of National Training’s instructional staff hold NCCER Master Training credentials.

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Train on 6 Types of Heavy Equipment

During your Heavy Now course you will be spending 136 hours of total hands-on equipment time performing various projects and exercises throughout our private 350 Acre training grounds. These exercises will utilize our bulldozers, loaders, backhoes and excavators.

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learn from the best

Our instructors are the best in the business and have more than a century of experience as truck drivers and CDL training instructors. This extensive background and experience, both in the field and in the classroom, serves our students very well when learning truck driving techniques at the wheel of a semi tractor-trailer, or in the catbird seat of an earth mover.

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Top Level Graduates

Since 1978 we have successfully graduated over 40,000 students from our school who have become heavy equipment operators or truck drivers in many of the industry’s top companies. Employers know that graduates who have had “hands on, in-the-seat” training bring valuable real-world experience with them.

Join the growing field of heavy equipment operating

Construction is the largest service industry in the United States and it is growing fast with more roads, houses, apartments, and office buildings being built every day.  For qualified operators, this means job security, diverse employment opportunities, great benefits, retirement plans and steady compensation.

Whether you’re looking to start a new career or are in the military preparing for your transition to civilian life, National Training, Inc. is here to assist you.

Room To Learn

Our unique 350-acre training complex has been designed with our students in mind, providing them a spacious and safe environment to learn how to properly operate the various types of heavy machinery we teach on. Students receive heavy equipment training to earn their NCCER registry, including the proper methods for how to safely operate and shutdown heavy equipment, land clearing and leveling, septic and sewer systems, culverts and pipe laying, footers and foundations, landscaping, laser technology, road building and grade stack, and many more.

Is A Career in Trucking or Heavy Equipment Right for You?

Take the National Training Inc.’s CDL/Heavy Equipment Career Training Readiness Quiz

This fun online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.

Course Breakdown and curriculum hours

4 weeks (208 hours)


Complete details of this course are contained in our Heavy Now Course Catalog. Click on the image to preview and download the full catalog.

“L” indicates lesson. Lessons are numbered sequentially.

RTE = Resident Training Exercises

RTL = Resident Training Classroom Lessons


Heavy Now Course Catalog

Classroom Lessons

U.S. Department of Education defines a classroom hour as 1 clock hour which equals 50 minutes of instructor led training plus 10 minute break.

Course ID Description Hours
  Orientation 2
RTL-1 Introduction to Earthmoving 3.5
RTL-2 Loaders 6
RTL-3 Backhoes 8
RTL-4 Dozers 8
RTL-5 Excavators 8
RTL-6 Heavy Equipment Safety 7.5
RTL-7 Grades, Part 1 10
RTL-8 Site Work 14
  Job Placement Assistance 4
  Class Graduation and Exit Interview 1
  Total Classroom Theory 72

Hands On Equipment

Projects & Exercises

Equipment Projects will utilize bulldozers, loaders, backhoes, and excavators

Course ID Description Hours
RTE-1 Loaders Performance Tasks 18
RTE-2 Backhoes Performance Tasks 34
RTE-3 Dozers Performance Tasks 34
RTE-4 Excavators Performance Tasks 34
RTE-5 Heavy Equipment Safety Performance Tasks 2
RTE-6 Grades, Part 1 Performance Tasks 6
RTE-7 Site Work Performance Tasks 8
  Total Hands On Equipment Projects & Exercises


NOTE: The amount of time spent on any one field-training project may vary among students depending on individual progress. Heavy equipment operation times include student observation with BTW (Behind The Wheel).