Do I need a special drivers license or certification to operate a bulldozer?

Driver Training and Bulldozers

To operate a bulldozer you will need to attend a training school that teaches drivers education for heavy equipment operators. Courses are taught throughout the country. Besides learning how to operate a bulldozer, you'll also learn about grading, soils, site layouts, safety, laser levels, and heavy equipment maintenance. 

You will also need a commercial drivers license (CDL) - not for the bulldozer, but to haul the bulldozer on a flatbed truck or a lowboy trailer. Owning a CDL will also allow you to operate a dump truck on a public road. When it comes to hiring, employers are more apt to hire a bulldozer operator with a CDL and not just a regular driver license.

Some heavy equipment training courses do offer CDL driver training. Otherwise, you'll have to attend a separate truck driving school to prepare for a CDL test. Pass and you'll bump up from a drivers license to a commercial drivers license. For more information on obtaining a CDL, contact your local DMV.

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