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Safety & Training

Loader Operator Training

The Bobcat® loader operator training course imparts rules and practices for safe operation of skid-steer loaders, all-wheel steer loaders and compact track loaders. It is NOT designed to license or certify operators as skilled or factory authorized operators.

Kit Overview

Operator training course for Bobcat loaders.

The kit includes:

  • DVD
  • Five handbooks
  • Five course attendance certificates
  • Administrator’s guide


Course Handbook Sample

Operator training course for Bobcat loaders.

View an excerpt of the loader service operator training course handbook.

Video Sample

Bobcat skid-steer loader, compact track loader and all-wheel steer loader operator safety video.

Get a preview of the video content in the loader training course.


After participating in the course, trainees will be able to:

  • Discuss how weight distribution affects skid-steer loader steering and stability.
  • Explain the difference between Tipping Load and Rated Operating Capacity.
  • Have an understanding of the hydrostatic transmission, and that the loader will react the moment the steering levers are moved.
  • Explain why maintenance is an important factor for safe, efficient, and productive operation.
  • Identify the controls and their functions.
  • Identify the loader's safety features and explain their importance.
  • Explain the steps of safe entry and exit.
  • Explain the reason for changing attachments and the use of the Bob-Tach system.
  • Know the fundamentals of safe maneuvering, traveling, and working with the attachment.
  • Know the fundamentals of efficient maneuvering, traveling, and working with the attachment.



  1. Introduction
    1. Introduce Scope and Content
    2. Purpose of the Course
    3. Discuss Objectives
    4. Using Course Handbook
  2. Group Exercise One: Video Presentation
    1. Pictorial Decals
    2. Introduce Video
    3. Video Presentation (Part 1)
      1. Save Operation of Skid-Steer Loaders
      2. Bobcat Company History
      3. Design Principles
      4. Safety Features
      5. Basic Operation Operator Training Segments for Review (if equipped)
        1. Bobcat Standard Control System
        2. Bobcat Advanced Control System (ACS)
        3. Bobcat Selectable Control System (SJC)
        4. Bobcat Standard Control with Power Assist System (SCPA)
        5. Bobcat All-Wheel Steer (AWS) Loaders with Skid-Steer Capabilities
  3. Group Exercise Two
    1. Component Identification
    2. Instructor-Lead Walk-Around/Demonstration
    3. Hands-on Exercise
  4. Group Exercise Three: Video Presentation
    1. Introduction Video
    2. Video Presentation (Part 2) Pre-Start Inspection and Maintenance
      1. Pre-Start Inspection
      2. Daily Check
      3. Track Tension
      4. Daily Grease
      5. Trailer Tie-downs
      6. Transporting the Skid-Steer
      7. Skid-Steer Loader Safety
  5. Final Group Exercise
    1. Daily Checks
    2. Instructor Demonstration
    3. Hand-On Operation
    4. Review/Discussion
  6. Hand Out Completion Certificates