Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

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ITA Heavy Equipment Operator – Civil and Mining

Start your career as an “in demand” Heavy Equipment Operator!   Thompson Rivers University (TRU) offers a nine week, fully accredited Industry Training Authority (ITA) Road Builder and Heavy Construction Foundation (RB) and Heavy Equipment Operator Apprenticeship (HEO) program.  Students will receive the theoretical and practical skills needed to become a skilled entry-level heavy equipment operator.  

Students will also receive First Aid Level 1, Construction Safety Training Systems, Traffic Control Certification, and the ICBC Certified Air Brakes course.  Students will have hands on training using excavators, haul truck, loaders, dozers, grader, backhoe, and compaction packer. 

Recommended prerequisites: Minimum Grade 10 and a valid BC Driver’s License (7N or 5).

Check back for Spring/Summer 2018 dates or email to be added to our interest list    


Forklift Operator Certification

(XDRV 0500)     

Please call to be added to our interest list

This course is designed to provide students with a certification of training that meets Worksafe BC Recognition Program criteria.  Students must have a minimum of 15 hours of forklift experience.  This course is not for beginners.

Course Fee: $225 (includes text)

 Skid Steer Certification

(XDRV 0010)  

This training course is designed to provide you with a certificate of training that meets the WCB Worksafe Recognition Program criteria. This accelerated two day course includes four hours of theory, twelve hours of on-equipment experience, followed a practical exam. You will receive a WCB-recognized certificate of training upon successful completion of the practical exam. This course is designed for those with little or no operating experience. 

Course Fee: $595


Please contact Continuing Studies at 250-828-5106 for more information on:

  • Boom Truck Training
  • Mobile Crane Training
  • Rigging
  • Heavy Equipment Operation and Assessment
  • Driver Assessment and Collision Avoidance