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Safety & Training

Backhoe Operator Training

The Bobcat® backhoe attachment operator training course imparts rules and practices for safe operation. It is NOT designed to license or certify operators as skilled or factory authorized operators.

Kit Overview

Operator training course for Bobcat backhoe attachments.

The kit includes:

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

Course Handbook Sample

Operator training course for Bobcat backhoe attachments.

View an excerpt of the backhoe attachment operator training course handbook.


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

  • Discuss the importance of reading and following the instructions provided by the machine safety signs, instructional machine signs and Backhoe Operation and Maintenance Manual.
  • Discuss the importance of properly attaching and removing the backhoe from the loader and the location of the "Attaching and Removing the Backhoe" decal.
  • Identify the controls and their functions.
  • Identify the backhoe's components and safety features.
  • Explain the importance of daily backhoe check-out and periodic maintenance.
  • Explain how to check out the jobsite before beginning an excavation with a backhoe.
  • Understand the proper procedure to get on and off the backhoe.
  • Understand the fundamentals of safely driving a loader with a backhoe attached from one jobsite to the next.
  • Understand the fundamentals of safely maneuvering and working with a backhoe.
  • Explain the proper methods for transporting a backhoe.



  1. Introduction
    1. Introduce Scope and Content
    2. Discuss Objectives
    3. Introduce Video
  2. Video Presentation
    1. Safety Messages
    2. Components and Controls
    3. Safety Features
    4. Attaching Backhoe
    5. Maintenance Checks
    6. Planning Ahead
    7. Working Safely and Efficiently
    8. Driving to Next Jobsite
    9. Removing Backhoe
    10. Transporting Backhoe
  3. Group Exercise One - Identify Components
  4. Group Exercise Two - Attaching Backhoe
    1. All procedures through connecting the hydraulic hoses
    2. All procedures through fastening safety chain
  5. Group Exercise Three - Operating Backhoe
    1. Using the controls
    2. Using the stabilizers
    3. Digging a trench
  6. Group Exercise Four - Removing Backhoe
    1. All procedures through releasing backhoe frame lock levers
    2. All procedures through backing loader away from backhoe
  7. Review/Discussion Session
  8. Attendance Acknowledgment
    1. Registration Cards
    2. Hand Out Attendance Certificates