Heavy Equipment Operator (Dozer) Interprovincial Program Guide 2016

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) recognizes this Interprovincial Program Guide (IPG) as the national curriculum for the occupation of Heavy Equipment Operator (Dozer).

2016 – Interprovincial Program Guide

Disponible en français sous le titre :  opérateur/opératrice d’équipement lourd (bulldozer)

NOC: 7421

Designation Year: 2014

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Jurisdictions have long recognized the benefit of pooling resources in the development and maintenance of apprenticeship training standards. A successful example of this is the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program itself. Essential to the establishment of standards is the development of suitable training systems and programs which enable tradespeople to acquire certification based on these standards. While certification is the responsibility of Apprenticeship administrators throughout Canada, the development and delivery of technical training is the responsibility of jurisdictions.

In 1999, work to develop common training for apprenticeship programs within the Atlantic Provinces began. To date, 22 Curriculum Standards have been developed through the Atlantic Standards Partnership (ASP) project to assist programming staff and instructors in the design and delivery of technical training. Similarly, the CCDA embarked on a process for the development of national IPGs for the Boilermaker, Carpenter and Sprinkler System Installer trades. At its January 2005 strategic planning session, the CCDA identified developing common training standards as one of the key activities in moving towards a more cohesive apprenticeship system.

With the support of Employment and Social Development Canada (EDSC), several provinces and territories have partnered to build on the ASP and the CCDA processes to further develop IPGs to be used across the country. This partnership will create efficiencies in time and resources and promote consistency in training and apprentice mobility.


The CCDA and the IPG Committee wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the following industry and instructional representatives who participated in the development of this document.

  • Dwayne Abbott - Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Scott Cathcart - Manitoba
  • Darrell Johanson - Saskatchewan
  • Rob Middleton - Manitoba
  • Curtis Rodgers - New Brunswick
  • Rob Ryl - British Columbia
  • Gary Snow - Newfoundland and Labrador

In addition to the representatives above, various federal, provincial and territorial representatives contributed to the development of this document including the host province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

As this program guide will be amended periodically, comments or suggestions for improvement should be directed to:

Trades and Apprenticeship Division
Labour Market Integration Directorate
Employment and Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 6th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0J9
e-mail: redseal-sceaurouge@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

IPG Glossary of Terms

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To give a verbal account of; tell about in detail.
To make plain or clear; illustrate; rationalize.
To point out or name objectives or types.
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To keep in a condition of good repair or efficiency.
A means or manner of doing something that has procedures attached to it.
How an object works; to control or direct the functioning of.
A prescribed series of steps taken to accomplish an end.
The reason for which something exists or is done, made or used.
v. To subject to a procedure that ascertains effectiveness, value, proper function, or other quality.
n. A way of examining something to determine its characteristics or properties, or to determine whether or not it is working correctly.
To follow a systematic procedure to identify and locate a problem or malfunction and its cause.
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