What is a CSO?
In short – it is a Certified Sweeper Operator.
To be “Certified” an experienced operator must demonstrate a degree of knowledge about their craft. This is done by:
1) Successfully passing this course.
2) Passing an oral exam.
3) Completing 1,000 hours of accident & injury free sweeper operation.
There are three courses or Certifications to choose from. 80% of each course is the same. However, to address the different skill sets each type of sweeping requires, we are developing the following:
Parking Lot , Construction & Municipal sweeping certifications.
So why get Certified?
We each spend the majority of our waking hours at work. If you are reading this, you spend thousands of hours per year in a sweeper or around sweeping. Because of business necessity or expediency your training may not have been as complete as it could/should have been. Or perhaps it was and over the years there are things you have forgotten. In addition, some very smart people through experimentation or trial and error have come up with some new twists and ways to think about our craft.
Getting “Certified” is a sign you take your profession seriously. It shows your boss, you mean business and understand knowledgeable, productive and safe operators are key to continued and full employment.
You will notice the theme throughout is to get you home safe after each shift. Doing this goes a long way to bringing the vehicle home safe and doing a quality job. You and your family are relying on all three.
Certification also provides a sense of pride. People outside our industry would be shocked to learn about all the details our profession entails.
Business Owners – Why should you encourage/require your operators to get certified?
In essence, this is the training you don’t have time for. It is the perfect enhancement or augmentation to your training program. The program hammers in safety concepts contributed from dozens of successful contractors from coast to coast.
Those on your staff willing to step up and put in the effort have self identified themselves as those worthy of further consideration. If you have to make a layoff or perhaps choose who gets a promotion, Certification might make the decision easier.
Because of regional and company differences, you may have a slightly different take on some of the concepts taught. It is very much encouraged for you to get “Certified” as well. This way you can address any nuances and lead your team to higher productivity and safer operations.
Lastly, we would love your input. If you see a gap in the training or find a concept your people are struggling with please let us know. Also, if you have a success story let us know. Ultimately, if our industry can reduce injuries and accidents it benefits all of us.