360 Excavator Course


To provide the operator with the knowledge to be able to operate an excavator safely and competently.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the training course, the delegate will:

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as a plant operator
  • Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular machine to be used
  • Be able to locate and identify the major components of the machine and explain their functions
  • Be able to locate and identify steering, driving and braking controls and explain their functions
  • Identify and maintain PPE appropriate for excavator use
  • Conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturer and legislative requirements
  • Safely mount and dismount the machine
  • Start and stop the engine and safely move the machine off and stop it safely
  • Configure the machine for travel and manoeuvre it safely across varying terrain in open and confined areas
  • Conduct all necessary safety checks at the work area
  • Manoeuvre the machine to the work area and correctly configure in readiness to carry out excavating tasks
  • Carry out excavating tasks
  • Load material onto transporting vehicles or into containers
  • Reinstate excavation, grade and level ground
  • Fit and remove attachments
  • Carry out all end of shift and shut down procedures

Course Content

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Basic procedures
  • Skills and knowledge associated with the excavator
  • Site safety awareness
  • Safely mounting and dismounting the excavator
  • Health and safety procedures
  • Control competence
  • Operating procedures and safety checks whilst unladen and laden and loading and unloading
  • Carrying out excavating tasks across varying terrain
  • Environmental considerations
  • Removing and fitting attachments

How long is the course?

The course length varies depending on the level of experience of the attendee*


Practical and Written Test

Who should attend this course?

Anyone wishing to hold an NPORS licence to operate an Excavator


NPORS accredited

Other courses available

  • 180 Excavator – below 5 tonnes
  • 180 Excavator – above 5 tonnes

CALL 03450 578 160 or email: training@builders.org.uk

  • To book this training course
  • To discuss your training requirements with a member of the NFB Training Team
  • To deliver this course in your organisation