Bobcats, Skid Steer Loaders and Positracks are a highly versatile earthmoving machine that are available in a range of different sizes. Primarily used for digging, loading trucks and shifting materials around site, skid steer loaders also have a large range of attachments that can perform a wide variety of jobs around the worksite. In this article we will have a look into the operation of a skid steer and the associated license requirements.
The short answer to whether you need a license or not, depends on the project and type of usage. If the skid steer loader is being used for private and non-commercial purposes, there is no requirement for a license. In these instances, the hiring company would want to ensure that you are a competent operator prior to you hiring the machine.
If you intend on operating a skid steer loader in commercial environment or worksite, then you will be required to undertake a skid steer loader training course through a Registered Training Organisation. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a Certificate of Competency to confirm you have undertaken the required training and assessment to safely operate a skid steer loader, bobcat or positrack.
Is a licence required to hire a skid steer loader?
A license is not required to hire a skid steer loader if the machine is being used for private and non-commercial purposes. However, if the machine is being used for commercial applications, the equipment supplier may insist on the operator being a holder of a Certificate of Competency.
As a bare minimum for private use, the operator should familiarise themselves with safety and operational specifics prior to operating the machine. Some equipment suppliers provide training and run machine tests prior to you using it on site.