What you need to do

Any person operating plant or machinery should hold the relevant qualifications and experience to deem them as competent to do so.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for anybody from a novice user requiring training from scratch, through to an experienced excavator operator requiring refresher training.

Aims and Objectives

The purpose of this course is to give delegates the skills required to safely operate an Excavator. It covers the Law, maintenance of the Excavator and manual checks to ensure safety. By the end of the course delegates will:

  • Have a thorough understanding of how to successfully control and manoeuvre the vehicle
  • Be able to inspect the vehicle to ensure safe use
  • Understand all of the regulations required to ensure safety in the workplace
Course Outline
  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
  • Features and Safety Equipment
  • Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance
  • Correct use of Controls
  • Operating the Excavator
  • Trenching, Back-filling, Levelling and Marking Out
  • Deep and Shallow Excavating
  • Theory and Practical Testing

On completion of the course and successfully passing the theory and practical test, the delegates are awarded a certificate which complies with the recommendations of the Health and Safety commission approved code of practice. It is recommended that this course is refreshed every 3 years.


1 Day – Refresher or Conversion 2 Days – Experienced delegate with no current certificate 3-5 Days – Novice


We can offer courses on company premises for a maximum of 3 delegates per day.