Loading Shovel Training

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

Loading Shovel  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 Loading Shovel?

A loader is a type of tractor, usually wheeled, sometimes on tracks, that has a front-mounted square wide bucket connected to the end of two booms (arms) to scoop up loose material from the ground, such as dirt, sand or gravel, and move it from one place to another without pushing the material across the ground. A loader is commonly used to move a stockpiled material from ground level and deposit it into an awaiting dump truck or into an open trench excavation.

The loader assembly may be a removable attachment or permanently mounted. Often the bucket can be replaced with other devices or tools—for example, many can mount forks to lift heavy pallets or shipping containers, and a hydraulically opening “clamshell” bucket allows a loader to act as a light dozer or scraper. The bucket can also be augmented with devices like a bale grappler for handling large bales of hay or straw.

Large loaders, such as the Kawasaki 95ZV-2John Deere 844KCaterpillar 950HVolvo L120ECase 921E, or Hitachi ZW310 usually have only a front bucket and are called Front Loaders, whereas small loader tractors are often also equipped with a small backhoe and are called backhoe loaders or loader backhoes or JCBs, after the company that first claim to have invented them. Other companies like CASE in America and Whitlock in the UK had been manufacturing Excavator Loaders well before JCB.

The largest loader in the world is LeTourneau L-2350. Currently these large loaders are in production in the Longview, Texas facility. The L-2350 uses a diesel electric propulsion system similar to that used in a locomotive. Each rubber tired wheel is driven by its own independent electric motor.

Loaders are used mainly for loading materials into trucks, laying pipe, clearing rubble, and digging. A loader is not the most efficient machine for digging as it cannot dig very deep below the level of its wheels, like a backhoe can. The capacity of a loader bucket can be anywhere from 0.5 to 36 m3[1] depending upon the size of the machine and its application. The front loader’s bucket capacity is generally much bigger than a bucket capacity of a backhoe loader.

Unlike most bulldozers, most loaders are wheeled and not tracked, although track loaders are common. They are successful where sharp edged materials in construction debris would damage rubber wheels, or where the ground is soft and muddy. Wheels provide better mobility and speed and do not damage paved roads as much as tracks, but provide less traction.

In construction areas loaders are also used to transport building materials – such as bricks, pipe, metal bars, and digging tools – over short distances.

Front loaders are commonly used to remove snow especially from sidewalks, parking lots, and other areas too small for using snow plough and other heavy equipment. They are sometimes used as snow plough with a snow plough attachment but commonly have a bucket or snow basket, which can also be used to load snow into the rear compartment of a snow plough or dump truck.

High-tip buckets are suitable for light materials such as chip, peat and light gravel and when the bucket is emptied from a height.

Unlike backhoes or standard tractors fitted with a front bucket, many large loaders do not use automotive steering mechanisms. Instead, they steer by a hydraulically actuated pivot point set exactly between the front and rear axles. This is referred to as “articulated steering” and allows the front axle to be solid, allowing it to carry greater weight. Articulated steering provides better maneuverability for a given wheelbase. Since the front wheels and attachment rotate on the same axis, the operator is able to “steer” his load in an arc after positioning the machine, which can be useful. The trade off is that when the machine is “twisted” to one side and a heavy load is lifted high, it has a greater risk of turning over to the “wide” side.

Front loaders gained popularity during the last two decades, especially in urban engineering projects and small earthmoving works. Heavy equipment manufacturers offer a wide range of loader sizes and duties.

 these Loading Shovels combine a number of components to provide safety and ease of use.

How long do Loading Shovel  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


Pass Rate


Course Attendees




Pass rate almost 100%

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: Engine oil, Coolant, Fuel, Wheels & tyres, Tracks, Battery, Guards, Hydraulic oil, Rams & Pipes, Controls, Brakes, Steering, Stabilisers, Instruments, Horn, Attachments, Checked F91 section C.

tick Manoeuvring: Drove / Tracked Loader around site over varying terrain. Forward & Reverse – Laden / Unladen.

tick Checks: Carried out pre-loading safety checks. i.e. Other site personnel & vehicles / Ground conditions / Overhead obstructions / Overhead power lines / Underground cables & services. Transportation: Drove / Tracked machine around site to working area forward and reverse. Set up machine to carry out excavation tasks Loaded Dumper/ Rear Dump Truck / Tipper Lorry with spoil. Formed spoil heap on firm level surface. Built spoil heap on firm level ground. Backfilled excavation correctly, left area clean and compacted.

tick Attachments: Safely used the following attachments (State attachments used) Attachments Used:……………………………..……….  .(Will not be shown on card).

tick End of shift: Parked Loader safely on firm level ground, Placed Bucket(s) on ground, Applied parking brake, Applied slew locks, Removed ignition key, Re-fuelled, Checked for defects. Left Loader Safe & Secure.