CDAP Heavy Equipment Operator Level I

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Industry certification, Employment, Measurable skills gain, Other

Method of Delivery

Hybrid or blended

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours

Instructional Program (CIP)

Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation. 490202


CDAP Heavy Equipment Operators (HEO) training is a technical training course that develops entry level students and existing workforces in the safe and efficient operations of conventional heavy equipment. The HEO training is composed of three levels of training that progresses with instructions through work-related instruction and performance-based training.

  • Level I (8 Weeks) is an introductory training that prepares workers with skills desired to become an HEO in construction and manufacturing. The Level I training includes an introduction to the HEO trades, heavy equipment safety, identification of heavy equipment, basic operational techniques, operation of general utility trailers, introduction to earth moving, preparing grade surfaces using heavy equipment, and operations of conventional forklifts.

The program uses NCCER Heavy Equipment Operations Industry Recognized Credentials. Students are taught by an NCCER certified instructor and receive credentials for each HEO Level completed. Students are connected directly to employers and apprenticeships hiring skilled heavy equipment operators.


Program Length (Weeks)




Entrance Requirements



Carpenter Daughter Apprenticeship Programs

WIOA Approved Program


Curriculum Competency Based

NCCER certification requires performance based knowledge in HEO discipline.

Training Location(s)

3030 S Midland Dr., Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Local WIB

5045 - Southeast

Name of Credential

NCCER Heavy Equipment Operator Certification, CDAP Work-related instruction apprenticeship certifciation

Type of financial aid offered or have access to

Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act Individual Training Grants

Employer sponsored training grants

Private scholarships

Refund Policy

Carpenter's Daughter will refund 90% of funding within the 1st week of instructions. course is not refundable after the 1st week of training.

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

Books (Estimated)

$300.00 The cost of books are based on NCCER student curriculum for HEO training and is based on the cost of books for NCCER Core and HEO Level I textbooks.

Testing/Exam Fees

$240.00 The cost of test for certification in each module of NCCER curriculum. Exam fees may be adjusted based on the training level of student. Testing Fees are due before exams are administered. Certification exams are administered by a third party and are required to be paid before the exam.

In-State/District Tuition

$6,000.00 The tuition covers 8 weeks of Heavy Equipment Operators.

Supplies/Materials/Hand Tools (not included in tuition)

$150.00 The cost of safety personal protective equipment (PPE) during training inclusive of hard hat, glove, boots, and reflective safety gear.

Total In-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

47-2073.00Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
$18.00 per hour
Required Certification: NCCER Heavy Equipment Operator Level I

Provider Status



P.O. Box 8763, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71611

Phone Number

(870) 939-7665

Web Address

Last Updated

Feb 28, 2023


Jan 21, 2023


Feb 27, 2024

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