METI’S EARTHMOVING OPERATOR program prepares you to be Job-Ready with 15 Industry Certifications, including Backhoe and Excavator, 2 Nova Scotia Driver Endorsements and a Labour & Advanced Education approved Certificate for Earthmoving Operator; all in 10 weeks.

The hands on training is in a simulated working environment with industry experienced instructors, giving students the advantage of their knowledge and expertise.The training site is over 10 acres…lots of room to play!

Your training certifications will be from METI, Energy Safety Canada, OSSA, ACSA, The Canada Safety Council and St. John’s Ambulance giving you a competitive edge for employment.

Training time is valuable and we focus our training on our graduates being skilled, with a month of Driver Training, a month of Heavy Equipment Training and two weeks of Safety Certifications that are relevant to your career choice whether you are here at home in Nova Scotia or anywhere across the country.

METI trains with over 500 business and trade professionals. Our course was developed with input from industry professionals who continue to work with us, ensuring that you have the most hire-able skills in the industry.










Pictured are the Excavator, Mini Excavator, Dump Truck and Freightliner. The Backhoe is pictured above; all equipment and trucks used for instruction in the Earthmoving Operator Program.



Course Description

Graduates receive a Safety Passport with the following certifications and a Labour and Advanced Education approved Earthmoving Operator certificate.

  • Air Brakes Training.
  • Class 3 Driver Training
  • Cargo Securement and Handling Training
  • Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC)
  • WHMIS 2015 GHS
  • Occupational Health & Safety Act, OH&S (NS)
  • Standard First Aid, Level C with CPR and AED
  • Power Line Hazards Training (Workplace NL)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Common Safety Orientation (CSO)
  • Construction Safety Training Systems (CSTS)
  • Energy Safety Canada(ESC) Fall Protection
  • OSSA Confined Space Entry & Monitor
  • H2S Alive (Hydrogen Sulphide Training/ Energy Safety Canada)
  • Ground Disturbance 201
  • Trenching & Excavating
  • Intro to Heavy Equipment
  • Backhoe Operation, Loading and Maintenance
  • Excavator Operation, Loading and Maintenance
  • Dump Truck Operation

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What Do You Need To Apply?

  • A completed application form
  • A completed Nova Scotia Class 3 Driver’s Medical that is current within the last 3 months
  • Proof of your education to date
  • A valid Class 5 license level with “N” removed if on graduated licensing
  • A Driver’s Abstract that is current within the last 3 months

Application and Financing Options

Our Admissions team is here to help you with any enrollment questions you have about the APPLICATION PROCESS, and to provide information about FINANCING OPTIONS that may be available to you.

Contact our admissions team today: 902-539-9766, (toll free) 1-877-800-6384 or email

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