Forward Tipping Dumper Training

Accredited by the National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) & Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register (ITSSAR), Pro Trainers UK provides quality training to those in need of Certificate of Competence and Achievement. The aim of our Forward Tipping Dumper course is to provide the candidate with the essential knowledge and skill to perform his tasks to the highest level.

Our Manchester based Forward Tipping Dumper training courses last between 1-3 days depending upon the requirements of the participants (refresher courses, intensive courses etc.), with partakers developing essential skills like machine operation, health and safety, and accepted good practice.

During the course, participants will be encouraged to participate in practical demonstrations and exercises, as well as learning theory lessons to ensure their understanding of the material is comprehensive.


What is a Forward Tipping Dumper?

dumper is a vehicle designed for carrying bulk material, often on building sites. Dumpers are distinguished from dump trucks by configuration: a dumper is usually an open 4-wheeled vehicle with the load skip in front of the driver, while a dump truck has its cab in front of the load. The skip can tip to dump the load; this is where the name “dumper” comes from. They are normally diesel powered. A towing eye is fitted for secondary use as a site tractor. Dumpers with rubber tracks are used in special circumstances and are popular in some countries.

Early dumpers had a payload of about a ton and were 2-wheel drive, driving on the front axle and steered at the back wheels. The single cylinder diesel engine (sometimes made by Lister) was started by hand cranking. The steering wheel turned the back wheels, not front. Having neither electrics nor hydraulics there was not much to go wrong. The skip was secured by a catch by the driver’s feet. When the catch is released, the skip tips under the weight of its contents at pivot points below, and after being emptied is raised by hand.

Modern dumpers have payloads of up to 10 tonnes (11 short tons; 9.8 long tons) and usually steer by articulating at the middle of the chassis (pivot steering). They have multi-cylinder diesel engines, some turbocharged, electric start and hydraulics for tipping and steering and are more expensive to make and operate. An A-frame known as a ROPS (Roll-Over Protection) frame, may be fitted over the seat to protect the driver if the dumper rolls over. Some dumpers have FOPS (Falling Object Protection) as well. Lifting skips are available for discharging above ground level. In the 1990s dumpers with swivel skips, which could be rotated to tip sideways, became popular, especially for working in narrow sites such as road works. Dumpers are the most common cause of accidents involving construction plant.

These vehicles are also called “dumper” in some mainland European languages

 How long do Industrial Forward Tipping Dumper courses last?

This common question is not easily answered, as the answer lies in the existing training level of the participant. Pro Trainers UK are well versed in working with companies of all shapes and sizes, and can advise on the most suitable course duration on a bespoke basis.

Key facts

1-3 Day Training Course


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Assessment report

Pro Trainers UK follow a specific set of guidelines as determined by NPORS & ITSSAR to ensure your staff are trained to the highest standard. We utilise the following points to create an assessment report specific to the training course, creating confidence in knowing employees are competent in all course requirements.

tick Pre-operational checks: Fluid levels, Tyres & wheels, Tracks, Brakes (both foot and parking), Instruments, Lights & Flashing beacon, Hydraulics, Safety devices, Steering, Skip Locking Pins. Other please state:-

tick Manoeuvring: Drove Dumper around the site/training area over varying terrain laden and un-laden. Forward and reverse motions. Safely, with due regard to site conditions and other site users including width restrictions, confined areas and forward/reverse laden and unladen correctly on slopes including hill starts in both directions.

tick Checks: Positioned Dumper adjacent to Excavator for loading, parked the Dumper correctly and dismounted during loading operations. Underground services / Cables. Observed all safety precautions in relation to other workers.

tickTransportation: Transported load from excavation and formed a spoil heap on firm level ground. Transported spoil from heap and backfilled an excavation. Using stop blocks / Banksman where


tick End of Shift: Parked Dumper safely on firm level ground, removed ignition key, cleaned skip as necessary, re-fuelled, and checked for defects. Left machine safe and secure.