HEA Student Checklist
Do you have what it takes?
Do you enjoy working outdoors?
Are you interested in driving/operating a Heavy Duty Machine: like an Excavator, Dump Truck, Tractor Loader; just to name a few?
Are you 16 years or older?
Do you thrive in a practical learning environment?
Can you climb a ladder and is able to lift 50 lbs?
Can you read and write at a 6th grade/Standard 4 level?
Are you prepared to work hard so you can achieve success and earn a decent income to care for yourself and family?
If you do then HEA is definitely for you!
Receive basic training and a CVQ certificate upon successful completion.
Complete in only two (2) weeks
Suitable for Experienced operators.
As a certified operator you will receive more employment opportunities and earn a higher pay than your un-certified counterparts.
Convenient schedules also available; select from 2hr Morning/Afternoon/Evening sessions on select weekdays for 8 weeks.
Receive advanced training with 54+ practical hours
CVQ certificate upon successful completion as well as certificate of competence from HEA and employment Assistance (see list below)
Complete in as little as three (3) months.
Suitable for persons with no prior experience in operating the machine of study.
Start off as a beginner and leave as a fully competent, professionally experienced and certified operator; beginning your career long before your peers can complete university.
IPLA - Individualized Prior Learning Assessment
Individualized Prior Learning Assessment (IPLA) program is one through which an individual can obtain his/her National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) certification based on evidence of past experiences, achievements, or work experience in the operation of Heavy Equipment.
Suitable for persons who have prior experience on heavy equipment machines: minimum of 18 hours on a machine is a basic requirement
The process of assessment leading to certification begins with the candidate submitting evidence of his/her competence as a Heavy Equipment Operator in the form of a portfolio which is a compilation of materials to reflect one’s skills, training, and experiences
Samples of a candidate’s work and practical evidence relevant to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by the given standards or criteria as indicated by the prescribed syllabus (pictures, letters etc.) can also be included in the portfolio.
The information contained in the Portfolio comes from the candidate’s daily on the job activities as well as past work experiences.
Students will gain an NVQ Certificate upon competition of the program to become certified operators
The certificate is of equal standing with other recognized academic qualifications.
The one who is NVQ certified is an asset to the workplace and consequently earns the respect of the employer.
It enhances productivity in the workplace
The NVQ certified operator adds value to the workplace.
The certified operator is also employable at the level of the wider Caricom region.
Note: We provide the direction and guidance needed to help complete the portfolio. We will also assist in the provision of any further education and training needed to meet certification standards.
Tuition Fee: from $2,500 inclusive of Assessment Fee
You can specialize in the operation of one of these machines.
Teleporter / offroad telescopic forklift
In order to study at HEA you must have:
Sixteen (16) years of age or more
Completed primary school education
Ability to communicate effectively in English
Ability to lift 50 pounds and climb a ladder
*A valid driver’s license is required for certain courses ( Dump Truck, Backhoe, Motor grader, Tractor head/trailer ).
An endorsement for Heavy Duty Machines is not needed.
GENERAL LEARNING OUTCOMES
What you will have
Ability to fully operate and maintain a machine of choice
Understanding of General construction site layout and Advanced site safety
Understanding of Advanced Operational Techniques on machine of choice
Understanding of Preventative Maintenance; performing pre -operation and operational inspection, etc
Ability to demonstrate competencies in line with N/CVQ standards
We will provide you with the following assistance to ease your transition into the work force. (Aspirers students only)
Students will receive internships to strengthen their competency on the machine and gain valuable networking and long term employment opportunities.
The highest performing students will receive priority assignment for the internship program.
Job search assistance
Assistance with job searching, resume writing and interview coaching will be made available to all students.
Up to one year after graduation, past students can schedule a free refresher session on a machine before beginning their new job.
How much will you make as a certified operator?
At present operators earn between $12.50 - $23.00 an hour.
As a entry level certified operator you should expect to have an income of no less than $16/hr, to increase over time with experience.
In about one year of full-time employment, you can earn more than double your tuition.
At HEA safety is a priority
Students will receive a safety package inclusive of: hard hats, safety vest and glasses.
*Students are required to obtain safety boots however.
All students are insured by HEA for the use of equipment in training exercises.