Who Should Attend

This course is aimed at candidates that require the knowledge and practical skills operate micro 360 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

Category Excavator Micro (Up to 1 Tonne)

It is envisaged that by the end of this course of training the trainee operator 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 a plant 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 steering, driving and braking controls and explain their functions
➢ Identify and maintain PPE appropriate for micro excavator use
➢ Conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturer’s and legislative requirements
➢ Safely mount and dismount the machine
➢ Start and stop the engine and safely move the machine off and stop it safely
➢ Configure the machine for travel and manoeuvre it safely across varying terrain in open and confined areas
➢ Conduct all necessary safety checks at the work area
➢ Manoeuvre the machine to the work area and correctly configure in readiness to carry out
excavating tasks
➢ Carry out excavating tasks
➢ Load material onto transporting vehicles or into containers
➢ Reinstate excavation, grade and level ground
➢ Fit and remove attachments
➢ 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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Thank you for providing the testing the lads have all fed back to me on how good the training and testing was what I observed was very thorough. We will be in touch with future training going forward.

Lambert Construction


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