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Excavator Training in Manchester


Fully accredited excavator 360/180 training courses. 1 to 10 day course, depending on experience & number of participants.

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Excavator 360/180 training courses

Pro Trainers UK is an accredited plant training organisation in Manchester with the LANTRA, I.T.S.S.A.R. and National Plant (NPORS) training bodies. Our training is delivered to an exceptional standard and is monitored regularly to ensure quality. Our excavator certification is nationally recognised and can be used nationwide.

Our excavator training courses include: 

  • Certification options for Quality Assurance, NPORS, LANTRA and ITSSAR

  • Full Certification and Test Fees

  • Provision of ID card with photograph

  • Certificate of Basic Training

  • A detailed course manual with working exercises (except Refresher courses)

  • Excavator courses are available onsite and at our training centre.



Our Excavator Training Courses


Excavator 360/180 Novice Course

At Pro Trainers UK, we're committed to delivering plant training that not only meets but exceeds the standards set by industry bodies. Our excavator courses are meticulously designed to ensure your team reaches the pinnacle of operational proficiency. We take pride in our detailed assessment reports, tailored specifically to each course, giving you the peace of mind that your employees are fully competent in all aspects of the training.

Course Name: Excavator 360/180 Training

Target Audience: Novices or operators looking to expand their skills to other types of lifting machinery.

Duration: Varies based on specific needs. Typically 5-0 day with a maximum of 4 participants

Availability: Our excavator courses are available onsite and at our training centre.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Acquire the ability to operate a loading shovel.

  • Enhance employability with a broader skill set.

  • Receive a comprehensive certification for excavator operation.


Key Assessment Areas

Pro Trainers UK adheres to strict guidelines outlined by NPORS & ITSSAR to ensure that our staff undergo training of the highest standard. We employ a comprehensive assessment process to evaluate participants' competency in operating excavators. Here's an overview of the assessment criteria:

Pre-Operational Checks: Participants are required to conduct thorough pre-operational checks, including inspection of wheels & tyres, tracks, battery, engine components, hydraulic systems, controls, brakes, steering, and safety attachments to ensure the excavator is in optimal working condition.

Manoeuvring: Trainees must demonstrate proficiency in manoeuvring the excavator around the site, navigating through width restrictions, and traversing varying terrain, both forward and reverse, while adhering to safety protocols.

Safety Checks: Before commencing excavation tasks, participants are tasked with conducting pre-excavation safety checks, which involve assessing ground conditions, identifying potential hazards such as overhead obstructions, power lines, and underground services, and ensuring compliance with safety regulations.

Excavation: Trainees are evaluated on their ability to perform excavation tasks, including trench digging to specified dimensions, safe placement of spoil heaps away from the excavation edge, battering the backside of the trench, backfilling, and proper cleaning and compaction of the work area.

Attachments: If applicable, participants must safely operate and demonstrate proficiency in using excavator attachments as required for the task at hand.

Quick Hitch Operation: Trainees are assessed on their engagement of the quick hitch mechanism with attachments, ensuring proper retention and securing of the retaining mechanism.

Lifting Operations: Participants must correctly and safely lift and position loads within the excavator's safe working load (SWL) and safe working radius, utilizing appropriate lifting equipment under the direction of a competent slinger/signaller.

External Transport: Trainees demonstrate their ability to load and unload the excavator onto/from lorries, trailers, or other transport vehicles safely and efficiently.


End of Shift Procedures: At the end of the shift, participants are required to carry out necessary end-of-shift tasks, including refuelling, parking the machine in a designated safe area, securing attachments, removing ignition keys, checking for defects, and leaving the machine in a safe and secure condition.

Testing and Certification Details


The Practical Test and Its Importance

Our excavator training culminates in a practical test, a crucial step towards certification. This test, validated and approved by either NPORS, LANTRA, ITSSAR or Quality Assurance (depending on your preferences) is a comprehensive evaluation of your crane operating skills. Passing this test signifies that you have attained the proficiency required to operate a loading shovel safely and effectively. It's important to note that this test is not just a formality; it's a rigorous assessment that ensures you are ready for real-world plant operations.


Three stages of Training

Basic Training: This is where you'll learn the fundamentals of plant operation, including handling and safety procedures. It's the first step towards becoming a competent operator.

Specific Job Training: Tailored to your workplace, this stage includes training on specific handling attachments and knowledge of the work environment.

Familiarisation Training: Conducted on the job under close supervision, this stage allows you to apply what you've learned in a practical setting, ensuring you're comfortable and competent in your specific work context.


Test Revisions & Expectations

The practical test has undergone revisions to ensure it remains relevant and challenging. These changes include an updated marking sheet, where certain faults may now score higher, reflecting the emphasis on safety and precision in operations. Additionally, the test now includes a written component, where candidates are expected to achieve a minimum score of 80%. This includes both multiple-choice and open questions, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of both practical and theoretical aspects of excavator operation.


Who is eligible to participate in the excavator training courses?

Our excavator training courses are designed for individuals with varying experience levels, including novices and experienced operators looking to enhance their skills.

What is the duration of the excavator training courses?

The duration of the courses may vary based on specific requirements and the level of training needed. Typically, our courses range from a few days for novices to shorter durations for experienced operators seeking refresher training.

Are the courses conducted onsite or at Pro Trainers' training centre?

We offer flexibility in training delivery. Courses can be conducted onsite at the client's location or at our dedicated training centre, providing convenience and accessibility for our clients.

What safety measures are emphasised during the training?

Safety is our top priority. Our training curriculum includes comprehensive safety awareness sessions covering relevant regulations and safe operating practices to ensure participants understand and adhere to all safety protocols.

Do participants receive certification upon completing the training?

Yes, upon successful completion of the training, participants are awarded certification to validate their competency in operating excavators, enhancing their employability and compliance with industry standards.

Can participants request specific focus areas during the training?

Absolutely. Our training programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of participants. Whether it's mastering certain techniques, understanding specific attachments, or focusing on safety procedures, we accommodate individual requirements to optimize the learning experience.

Is there ongoing support or refresher training available after completing the course?

We offer ongoing support and refresher training to ensure that participants maintain their skills and stay updated on any changes in regulations or best practices in excavator operation. Our commitment to continuous improvement extends beyond the initial training period.

What types of excavators are covered in the training courses?

Our training courses cover a wide range of excavators, including tracked and wheeled models, ensuring that participants are equipped with the skills to operate various types of equipment commonly used in different industries.



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