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Pilot Car Program

Sixty-three percent of U.S. freight is hauled by truck, making specialized carriers that haul oversize freight one of the most profitable types of transport. Pilot/escort vehicle operators (P/EVOs) guide the drivers responsible for these loads. Become part of a growing industry by getting certified as a pilot car operator.

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A growing number of states require pilot car certification

Fourteen U.S. states require training and certification for pilot car operators. Certification ensures that you have given the skills and knowledge necessary to comply with the law, safely guide an oversize load along its route, and deal effectively with emergencies.

Learn with the best

Evergreen Safety Council offers pilot car certification 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.

Frequent Questions

How can I get a replacement card?

Evergreen Safety Council provides replacement cards for a $20 fee, as long as the student can be verified as currently certified according to our records. The student must provide first and last name, mailing address, phone number, ID number used on the card (if any), and location and approximate date of training.

How do I get recertified as a Washington State P/EVO?

If your certification has not expired, you may recertify by attending a 4-hour recertification course and passing the exam with an 80% or better. You must submit proof of current Washington State certification in order to enroll in a 4-hour recertification course.

Recertifications are also issued through our 8-hour course. See the class schedule for our current offerings.

How do I get recertified as a Colorado P/EVO?

Colorado Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operators who have been certified through ESC or through an approved Colorado Training Agency can be re-certified through ESC.

ESC-Certified Colorado Operators

Prior to the card expiring, operators who are currently certified in the State of Colorado by Evergreen Safety Council are allowed to recertify for one additional four year period by taking an online proctored exam without attending a class. ESC holds records of class attendance and certifications, and will verify that the student attended a previous ESC classroom or online training.

Operators who only attended a testing session the last time they certified will be required to attend a full-day P/EVO training session.

Operators Certified Through an Approved Colorado Training Agency

Prior to the card expiring, Operators certified through an approved Colorado Pilot/Escort training agency other than ESC must provide written documentation verifying that the last attended training was either a testing or classroom session. If it was a classroom session, then the operator will be allowed to recertify for one additional four year period by taking an online proctored exam without attending a class.

Operators who only attended a testing only session the last time they certified will be required to attend a full-day P/EVO training session.

I’m certified in another state. Can I transfer that?

Certifications are not transferable between states. In other words, you may not exchange your state certification for a different state certification. However, many states have reciprocity and acceptance agreements, making it possible for P/EVOs who are certified in one state to legally operate in another.

Note that each state has its own specific requirements for P/EVOs, equipment, and procedures. It is your responsibility to understand the laws and regulations in each state you operate in.

I operate in another state. Should I get certified in Washington or Colorado?

It depends. Washington and Colorado each have agreements with other states that allow operators with valid cards to operate legally in those states, provided they follow all state laws, rules, and regulations. If you operate in a state that has reciprocity with either Washington or Colorado, you may want to consider getting certified in one of these states. Refer to this chart from the Federal Highway Administration for details on reciprocity.

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