Who Should Attend

This course is aimed at candidates that require the knowledge and practical skills operate 180 excavator to excavate and load materials. This course can be completed by both novice and experienced candidates. We also offer refresher tests.

Novice course- 10 Days

Experienced worker tests- 1 day theory and practical assessment

Course information

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 It is envisaged that by the end of this course of training the learner will be able to answer questions on and perform the following:
➢ Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an operator
➢ Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular machine to be used
➢ Be able to locate and identify the major components of the machine and explain their functions
➢ Be able to locate and identify key controls and explain their functions
➢ Conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturer’s and legislative
➢ Identify and maintain PPE appropriate for excavator 180° use
➢ Prepare excavator 180° for use
➢ Conduct all necessary safety checks at the work area
➢ Operate machinery safely and efficiently
➢ Environmental considerations
➢ Storage and transport of excavator 180° attachments
➢ Explain loading / unloading procedures for machine transportation
➢ Carry out all end of shift and shut down procedures


Assessment will be to NPORS standards consisting of a theory test and practical test.


NPORS Traditional card – With the traditional card there is no requirements to complete an NVQ, a five year card is issued and after five years reassessment is required.

NPORS CSCS – To ensure that the operator is able to receive the NPORS CSCS logo card, candidates must have completed the relevant health and safety test within the last 2 years of the test date. This will issue a trained operator card. To gain a competent operator card the candidate will be required to complete an NVQ in the specific item of plant.

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NPORS was established in 1992, The National Plant Operators registration Scheme is now one of the leading accreditation’s working across construction, industrial, utilities, warehousing, agricultural, ports and marine sectors.

NPORS offers flexibility, whilst maintaining standards, both nationally and internationally by working with industry and accredited training providers.

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Lambert Construction


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