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Loading Shovel Training in Manchester


Fully accredited loading shovel training courses. 1 to 5 day course, depending on experience.

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Loading shovel 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 loading shovel certification is nationally recognised and can be used nationwide.

Our loading shovel 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)

  • Loading shovel courses are available onsite and at our training centre.



Our Loading Shovel Training Courses


Loading shovel 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 loading shovel 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: Loading shovel 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 day with a maximum of 3 participants

Availability: Our loading shovel 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 loading shovel.


Key Assessment Areas

Pro Trainers UK adhere to the guidelines set by NPORS & ITSSAR, ensuring that our staff are trained to the highest standards. We meticulously assess each participant based on the following criteria, ensuring competence in all facets of the loading shovel training course:

Pre-Operational Checks: Participants are thoroughly trained to conduct comprehensive pre-operational checks on the loading shovel. This includes inspecting engine oil, coolant, fuel, wheels and tyres, tracks, battery, guards, hydraulic oil, rams and pipes, controls, brakes, steering, stabilisers, instruments, horn, and any attachments used, in compliance with F91 section C regulations.

Manoeuvring: Trainees are evaluated on their ability to operate the loading shovel efficiently across varying terrains, both forward and reverse, with or without a load.

Safety Checks: Participants are required to perform pre-loading safety checks, assessing site conditions, potential hazards, and ensuring the safety of other personnel, vehicles, and infrastructure.

Transportation: Trainees demonstrate their proficiency in driving the loading shovel to designated work areas, setting up the machine for excavation tasks, loading dumpers or tipper lorries with spoil, forming and building spoil heaps, and backfilling excavations accurately.

Attachments: If applicable, participants are assessed on the safe and effective use of loading shovel attachments, ensuring proper operation and adherence to safety protocols.

End of Shift: At the conclusion of the training session, participants are expected to park the loader securely, apply necessary safety measures such as parking brake and slew locks, refuel the machine, conduct a final defect check, and leave the loader in a safe and secure condition.

Testing and Certification Details


The Practical Test and Its Importance

Our loading shovel 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 loading shovel operation.


What is loading shovel training, and why is it important for our workforce?

Loading shovel training is a comprehensive program designed to equip operators with the skills and knowledge required to safely and efficiently operate loading shovels in various industrial settings. It is essential for our workforce as it enhances safety, improves productivity, and ensures compliance with regulatory standards.

Who should undergo loading shovel training at our facility?

Loading shovel training is suitable for employees who operate or will be operating loading shovels as part of their job responsibilities. This includes both novice operators and experienced individuals seeking to refresh or expand their skills.

What are the key components covered in loading shovel training?

Loading shovel training typically covers a range of essential topics, including pre-operational checks, safe operating practices, manoeuvring techniques, loading and transportation procedures, attachment usage (if applicable), and end-of-shift protocols.

How long does loading shovel training take, and what is the duration of the course?

The duration of loading shovel training can vary depending on factors such as the participant's prior experience, the complexity of the training program, and the specific requirements of the employer. Typically, the course duration ranges from one to three days, with both onsite and offsite training options available.

What certifications or accreditations can participants expect to receive upon completing the training?

Participants who successfully complete the loading shovel training will typically receive certification or accreditation from recognized industry bodies such as NPORS (National Plant Operators Registration Scheme) or ITSSAR (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register).

How can we schedule loading shovel training for our employees, and what are the logistical considerations?

To schedule loading shovel training for your employees, simply reach out to Pro Trainers UK to discuss your requirements and preferences. Our team will work with you to arrange convenient training dates, location options, and any specific needs or accommodations.

What are the benefits of investing in loading shovel training for our workforce?

Investing in loading shovel training offers numerous benefits, including improved safety outcomes, reduced risk of accidents and injuries, enhanced operational efficiency, compliance with regulatory requirements, and increased employee morale and job satisfaction.



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