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Who Should Attend?
Anyone with little/no experience and wishes to gain the NPORS 360 Excavator certificate and 5 Year Operator Card.

The Aim
To teach you the necessary knowledge, understanding, awareness and skills to safely operate a 360 Excavator. This will be taught over 10 days with a mix of theory and practical tuition, with two assessments at the end of your course.

You’ll learn how to carry out safety procedures, pre-start checks and more. We teach you the capabilities and functions of each machine, and how to understand the instructions implemented by level pegs and profiles.

Course Summary
Your course will be delivered at our NPORS Training Centre, just outside of Frome. We have on-site facilities, training areas and a classroom to deliver all required practical and theory training.

Upon successful completion of the test, you’ll be issued with an Operators Excavator Card. These cards are issued by NPORS, and valid for 5 years. All candidates will be tested and supervised by one of our fully accredited NPORS Instructors.

This course meets the statutory requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, and other relevant statutory provisions and Approved Codes of Practice.

Is this course CITB Grant claimable?
You can claim up to £120 (training only) as long as you provide us with your CITB Levy number either at the time of booking or on the day of the course.

Course Content:

  • A basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and responsibilities as plant operator.
  • A working knowledge of the manufactures 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 manufactures and legislative requirements.
  • Safely mount and dismount the machine.
  • Start and stop the engine and safely move the machine off and stop safely.
  • Configure the machine for travel and manoeuver 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.


NPORS card with photo and certificate, issued by NPORS. If required, we can apply for your Operators card with the CSCS hologram (if you hold the relevant qualifications).

Additional Information

Please inform Steve or Mark if you have any health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication, which may create difficulties in undertaking elements of this training course.

Double up your NPORS Qualification by adding your Dumper module for an extra £100 per day.


10 days for full Novice Excavator training & Testing

Novice (10 Days) £2,795
Semi Skilled (3-4 Days) POA
Experienced (1 Day) £450