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Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator Certification

P/EVO stands for Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator.

Pilot/Escort vehicles, also known as pilot cars, accompany Oversize Loads to help protect them and others on the road during transport. Sixty-three percent of U.S. freight is hauled by truck, and specialized carriers that haul Oversized freight are one of the most profitable types of transport. Become part of a growing industry by getting certified as a pilot car operator.

A certified pilot car operator can mean the difference between a successful delivery and a catastrophe.

Fourteen U.S. states now require training for pilot car operators. In Washington, Colorado Utah, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and New York, you must be officially certified in order to work as a P/EVO. Certification ensures that you have been given the skills and knowledge necessary to comply with the law, guide an Oversize Load safely along its route, and deal effectively with emergencies.

Get certified with the best, in the classroom or online.

Evergreen Safety Council’s P/EVO Certification Program is the most current and comprehensive training program for pilot car operators in Washington and Colorado. Offered both in the classroom and online, our 8-hour course covers the latest industry standards and best practices established at the state and federal levels.

Choosing a state certification that’s right for you

Evergreen Safety Council offers P/EVO Certification Training for the states of Washington and Colorado. Both Washington and Colorado certifications are accepted in many other states. The lists overlap—both will grant you permission to operate in Colorado, Washington, Kansas, Minnesota, Utah, and Oklahoma.
There are some key differences, though. Colorado certification will also allow you to operate in Arizona and Florida. Washington, on the other hand, does not have permission for Arizona or Florida, but will allow you to operate in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. Depending on what states you will be operating in, you can choose the certification that fits best.
For more detailed information, see our Pilot Car Reciproticy page to help you choose which certification is right for you!

Through lectures, activities, quizzes, and discussion, students learn about:

  • The legal requirements for P/EVOs and their vehicles
  • How to read and understand the laws and permits that govern Oversize Load transport
  • The importance of planning, including route surveys and pre-runs
  • How to pilot a load along different types of roads
  • Using a high pole to properly measure overhead obstructions
  • How to handle hazards and emergencies

A certification exam will be administered at the end of each class. Students who pass with an 80% or better will receive a certification. Check out our course pages for specifics on state certifications.

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