360 Degree Excavator Training Course - SB Skills Solutions

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360 Degree Excavator Training (Above and Below 10 tonne)

A 360° excavator is a tracked excavator. It is heavy machinery that is used when there is little or no room for movement around the site. The digger head can be rotated in a full circle, thanks to the use of tracks rather than wheels. While these vehicles are highly manoeuvrable, their power and heavy parts means that they also have the potential to cause accidents and injuries. It is important as a site owner that you provide a safe working environment. This includes ensuring that all operators have had full 360 excavator training on the safe use of these and other excavators they will use.

The course will teach candidates Health and safety, pre-start checks, controls, dangers, safety on getting on and off and all activities required to be a 360 excavator operator. The 360 excavator training course is both theory and practical based training with a test/assessment after course completion either in-house, NPORS or CPCS.

360 excavator training is available from NPORS and CPCS, the most widely recognised industry training board. Training can be offered to operators of all skills levels, from novice to experienced.

SB Skills Solutions Limited is a national provider of health and safety training, especially for those in the construction and other heavy industries across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, the North West and rest of the UK.

We have a dedicated training centre in Skelmersdale and Burscough, staffed by highly qualified and skilled instructors. You can view our courses right here on our site, or call us on 01695 558420 and speak to one of our team about customising our courses to meet your business and personal requirements.

Participant Requirements

It is essential that all delegates have a good working knowledge of written and verbal English, because the training we offer combines both theory and practical elements.

Who Should Take 360 Excavator Training?

360 excavators are versatile and useful machines used primarily in construction. The size and power of the machinery means that it has the potential to cause harm to employees, visitors, and other third parties, as well as cause expensive damage. 360 digger training ensures that the operators know how to safely use and maintain the machinery, therefore eliminating potential dangers and hazards.

Excavator training is essential for novices and experienced workers operating 360 excavators and diggers. Whether they use the excavator on a daily basis, or on an occasional basis, they need to know how to do so without putting people at risk. Supervisors and managers can also benefit from 360-degree Excavator training so that they can ensure work is completed in a safe manner.

Course Objectives

The objective of 360 degrees excavator training is to ensure that operators know how to safely and effectively use the machinery: 360 Excavator – Below 10 tonne & Above 10 tonne. Excavators are large and, by their very nature, they have the potential to cause damage and injury. Course participants will learn how to safely use the machinery and work towards receiving certification from the appropriate industry body.

Course Duration:

The 360 excavator/digger course may take between 1-10 days depending on the experience level of the delegate. Typically, these are:

  • 10 Day – Novice Course
  • 2-5 Day – Experienced Worker Course (for those with no previous certification)
  • 1 Day – Experienced Worker Tests / Refresher Course

What Will Participants Learn?

The 360-degree excavator training course in Lancashire includes both theory and practical elements. Delegates will be taught the latest legislation and regulations governing the use of this type of machinery, as well as a general overview of site safety. They will be taught how to analyse the site and terrain to ensure that they use the proper machinery and attachments, how to operate the digger, and how to complete shutdown of the excavator. Delegates will also be taught to safely change attachments, and will learn how to prepare the excavator for taking it on the public highway.

  • Health and safety regulations and legislation before spending time on the machinery
  • How to conduct pre-start checks of the 360 machine prior to operating
  • How to operate the excavator safely
  • Understanding of roles and responsibilities when operating the machinery on site
  • Correctly mounting and dismounting the equipment
  • Operating the machine on varied ground , i.e. flat, rough and undulated
  • Going up and down slopes with correct operating
  • Learn how to define a hazard and where they are found i.e. underground apparatus and overhead cables
  • Excavations in varied ground types
  • Trench work and box excavations
  • Grading, levelling & spreading
  • Working with other plant when loading them with material and spoil
  • Change and operate ancillary equipment and attachments
  • Loading materials on various vehicles, hoppers, dumpers and wagons
  • Shut down procedures

Training Bodies

We offer training courses accredited by the following training bodies:

CPCS – The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is the biggest and most widely recognised body. Some companies require that their operators specifically have a CPCS card before employment. CPCS offers a competence card scheme. Initially, an operator will be awarded a red card. They can work towards receiving a red card within two years of receiving their blue card. We offer A58, A59, A59A and A59B CPCS excavator training at our training sites in Burscough, Ormskirk.

NPORS – The National Plant Operators Registration(NPORS) is a widely recognised card scheme across the Construction, Industrial, Utilities, Warehousing and Distribution, Agricultural, Ports and Marine sectors. The NPORS 360 Excavator – N202 course aims to provide the candidate with a thorough practical and theory training in operating 360 Degree Excavator in order to enable the candidate to pass the NPORS Theory and Practical Tests. Upon passing the tests, the operator will get an NPORS traditional operator card or if they have in date touch screen on completion they can opt in for the New NPORS CSCS logo card.

In-House – Our in-house training course for the 360 excavators follows the same training schedule, however if a client would like a bespoke option i.e with a particular attachment then this can be built into the course. The inhouse is still done by highly qualified NPORS and CPCS instructor is just at the end of the course you will gain a certificate of competency. The certificate is normally used for people who need to cover for insurance, competency and to use on own sites.


Candidates will take a verbal theory test, and complete a practical assessment. Successful candidates will receive:

CPCS Red Trained Operator Card – Valid for 2 years.

NPORS Traditional Operator Card – Valid for 5 years.

NPORS CSCS Operator Card (Construction Industry) – Valid for 2 years (non-renewable).

In-house or ITSSAR Certificate of Competency – Valid for 3-5 years depending on use.

**CPCS or NPORS logo card 2 years can be upgraded to the 5 year Blue Competent Operator Card with an NVQ.

360 Excavator Training Costs

The 360 excavator training course prices vary depending on the duration of the course.

Novice 10-day course price £2250 + VAT.

Grants and funding

Grants are available for eligible employers. CPCS: £590 for a full novice course. £470 for testing only. NPORS, ITSSAR and In-house: £120 full novice course including test. This is from the CITB Levy.

360 Excavator Training From SB Skills Solutions Ltd

At SB Skills Solutions Ltd, we can tailor our 360 Excavator training courses in Lancashire to your requirements. We can offer longer courses for those with no experience with excavators and diggers, or shorter, refresher courses, for those that really only need certification. We can also include additional elements, according to the type of site you work on and work you conduct, to ensure that your excavator operators have the exact skills and knowledge required. Call us today on 01695 558420 or browse the courses that we offer directly on our website.



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    Below 10 tonnes (tracked) | Below 10 tonnes (wheeled) | Above 10 tonnes (tracked) | Above 10 tonnes (wheeled)
    Awarding Body: CPCS | In House | ITSSAR | NPORS


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