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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Next Start Date: March 9, 2020

End Date: May 21, 2020

Duration: 10 Week Program

Total Cost: $9,950.00

Please contact us at
(902)-539-9766, send us an email or drop by our office at 301 Alexandra St, Sydney NS
for more information.

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Another Environmental Health & Safety Technician success story. Tim tells his story of now working in the Film and Television Industry.

“Timothy Ryan 5 years ago, I found myself at a crossroads- wondering what I would do career-wise, as the repetitive circle of what I knew- what I was comfortable with doing- was not paying the bills.
I wasn't happy.
I took the chance of enrolling in the Environmental Health and Safety Technician program.
It wasn't easy. It wasn't hard. I just put myself to the task of completing the program, and taking one day at a time, one class at a time.
Believe me, I never have excelled at school, that's for sure.
The instructors of this program were all genuine, good hearted people. They were all Industry professionals who took the time to help myself and fellow classmates, as at times, we all needed it.

After graduating, no, this program did not "get me a job".
What it did do, was give me the skills, certifications, and attitude necessary for success.
Having employable skills, and certifications gives you a competitive edge over anyone else.

Upon completion of the program, I found almost instant employment with one of North America's leading health and safety companies. This job not only opened doors for me but let me see the infinite possibilities available to someone like myself, with employable skills and training.

Then... I watched the oil and gas industry fall apart. The economy crumbles.
Did I go down without a fight? Absolutely not. I adapted.
I found myself now working high rise tower construction in Vancouver, British Columbia. I purchased my first new vehicle. A high-end luxury 4x4. Things were finally happening for me.
With employable skills and certifications, I quickly picked up on new trades and opportunities, I found myself once again stepping out of my comfort zone- and sent an application into a union for something I never would have even dreamt of doing 5 years ago- the Film and Television Industry.
Fast forward to today- I am now a full union member of IATSE Local 891 in Burnaby BC as a rigger. (Rigging Grip). My day consists of building staging, scaffolding, operating on-set equipment in a safe and professional manner, ariel platform use and operation, pretty much everything camera and lighting related. I have worked directly with A-list celebrity talent, and have worked major feature films for Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, Paramount, and Netflix to name a few.
Every day I use skills learned at METI, throughout my years in the Oil and Gas industry, and the construction industry.
I am now employed not only in a generous 6 figure career, but a career I love.
I look forward to going to work.

I owe a huge part of my success, to the team at METI, as well as Mr. Joe Pembroke for giving me an opportunity to take ahold of my life- and my career. Thank you.

No, this program will not "get you a job".
It will provide some skills- so you can get your SELF a job. None of my success came easy. I worked for it. And so, can you...

Thanks again METI. I’ve been meaning to update you all of what I’ve been up to since we last spoke. I’ll try and pop into the school and say hi this June.”
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The following additional courses have been added to our calendar.

March 3 – OSSA Elevated Work Platform
March 5 – H2S Alive

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