Who Should Attend
This course is aimed at candidates that require the knowledge and practical skills to use suction excavators to excavate ground where utilities services are located. This course can be completed by both novice and experienced candidates. We also offer refresher tests.
Novice course- 5 days
Experienced worker tests- 1 day theory and practical assessment
Category N021 Suction Excavator
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 suction excavator operator
➢ Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular suction excavator to be used
➢ Be able to locate and identify the major components of the machine and explain their functions
➢ Conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturer’s and legislative requirements
➢ Identify and maintain PPE appropriate for suction excavator use
➢ Explain the different types of suction excavators their advantages and disadvantages when excavating material
➢ Safely mount and dismount the machine
➢ Start and stop the engine, compressor and suction hoses safely and efficiently
➢ Be able to demonstrate how to safely and efficiently use the remote control
➢ Configure the machine for travel and manoeuvre it safely to the work position 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
➢ Demonstrate an emergency stop explaining all relevant safety precautions
➢ Carry out excavating tasks
➢ Fit and remove different attachments
➢ Explain and demonstrate how to deposit material from the suction excavator safely and efficiently
➢ Environmental considerations
➢ 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.
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.
Neil and the team helped massively when training up our guys for an NPORS piling rig certification