Excavator 360o below 10 tonnes - NPORS


Through a combination of targeted training and testing, the candidate will gain a CPCS Trained Operators Card (red).

Who is this course for?

This course is for individuals who are new to plant operations, or experienced operators wishing to gain their CPCS Trained Operators Card.

Unit content

The course uses a combination of practical and theory training to allow the candidate to complete the learning outcomes:

  • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator
  • Name and explain the purpose of principle components, the basic construction, controls and terminology
  • Conform with manufacturer’s requirements as per the operators handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation
  • Undertake all pre-use checks
  • Configure and ready for travel
  • Travel over rough, undulating ground, steep inclines and level surfaces
  •  Manoeuvre in confined spaces
  • Configure and set-up for excavating duties
  • Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Excavate differing types of excavations in various types of ground
  • Place materials into transporting vehicles and hoppers
  • Grade, spread and level ground and materials
  • Attach and remove buckets
  • Lift, move and place basic slung loads
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures
  • Explain the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting


Course duration

Novice Operators: 62 – 70 hrs
Experienced Workers: 28 – 42 hrs
Additionally, candidates who require no
training can book the Theory and Technical
Tests only:
Theory Test: 1 hr
Technical Test: 2.30 hrs