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Professional Heavy Equipment Training

Welcome to West Coast Training! We provide construction companies and workers with heavy equipment training and certification programs. Our goal is to help our students maximize their earning potential by providing them with the knowledge required of today’s industry professionals.

Training Programs

Students enrolled in our classes complete four-to-eight weeks of training per class, plus classes can be combined into Training Programs to ensure graduates have the right mix of skills for the career they are training for. Our individual courses include Heavy Equipment Operator training for the use of backhoes, excavators, dozers, and other heavy earthmoving machinery; 8 Week Crane Operator & Rigger a comprehensive course where students certify to operate mobile cranes, tower cranes, rig loads, and signal, and to practice more advanced lifting tasks; Commercial Driver License A instruction to license students to safely operate Class A trucks; 4 Week Mobile Crane Operator certification to teach students how to operate mobile cranes they might encounter on the job and OSHA HAZWOPER 120 certification for hazardous materials. We also offer additional seminars and refresher courses that are great for construction companies to certify their operators, or other industry professionals looking to brush up on their skills.

There’s no better way to learn than through hands-on instruction, so students enrolled in our courses split their time between practical classroom instruction and hands-on field training. After orientation in small groups, each student is provided with dedicated machine time to learn the equipment as an individual, instead of "taking turns" sharing just a few machines amongst a large class. Our field training component is essential to our graduates having the real-world skills they need to succeed in the workplace. This is why we keep classes small and our training equipment inventories high - we care about the quality of our training!

Our Credentials & Accreditation

Our students deserve the best possible training as they enter the workforce. Our Heavy Equipment Operation course follows the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) curriculum and meets all its training requirements. Our Crane Operator courses result in certification by the NCCCO (National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators). We provide the highest quality instruction by industry professionals who have years of real-world experience and gain great personal satisfaction as they pass their knowledge and love of the job on to the next generation of professionals.

Our Location

Our school is located in beautiful Woodland, Washington, less than an hour away from Portland. We’re a short drive away from the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade Mountains, and other major Northwestern cities. Students receive classroom instruction at our Woodland campus and hands-on training at our on-site "construction zone" training field that is positioned along the banks of the Columbia River.

Apply Now!

If you’re ready to jump-start your career in the construction industry, consider enrolling in one of our courses to make yourself an even more qualified applicant.

West Coast Training is the heavy equipment training and certification school of choice for construction workers all throughout the country. Let us help you maximize your earning potential. Contact us today to enroll in one of our certification programs!


the west coast difference

  • Practical, Hands-on Training
  • NCCCO Certified Crane Instructors
  • NCCCO Accredited Practical Examiners
  • Experienced NCCER Craft Instructors
  • NCCER & NCCCO Certification Programs
  • Small Class Sizes & Personal Attention
  • Lifetime Graduate Employment Services
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latest news

Stever Frein, Lead Crane Instructor with West Coast Training, has been working very hard over the past 3 yearsto develop a new 8 week construction crane course for the students training at WCT. Read more
Heavy Construction Jobs on Rise
“Employment of construction equipment operators is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations,” according to the most recent Occupational Outlook projections of the US Department of Labor.
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