Frequently Asked Questions on Forward Tipping Dumper Course

FAQs on Forward Tipping Dumper Training Course

The forward tipping dumper course provides required training for people wishing to become accredited operators of this essential construction equipment.

Forward tipping dumpers are in common use on construction sites for transporting various types of materials and loads usually across varying terrain.

The equipment’s capability to handle both heavy loads and challenging terrains make it extremely versatile and in-demand.

To be able to work on sites operating a forward tipping dumper, you must have recognised, accredited qualifications.

This is so you can work safely with the equipment, and so that the construction site is fully compliant with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines.

What is a forward tipping dumper ticket?

How do you become a forward tipping dumper driver?

What skill level is needed for before attending dumper training course?

What do I need to drive a dumper?

How long does a forward tipping dumper course take?

Who is the accrediting body for the forward tipping dumper course?

How long does a dumper licence last?

Who should attend this course?

What is a forward tipping dumper ticket?

The forward tipping dumper licence is the operator’s card or certificate that indicates you have the relevant training to operate this equipment on-site.

CPCS and NPORS all provide this accreditation:

  • CPCS, NPORS – Red Trained Operator card

Once you have the appropriate accreditation, you can apply for jobs as a forward tipping dumper driver.

How do you become a forward tipping dumper driver?

To become a forward tipping dumper driver, you should take a professionally-accredited forward tipping dumper course.

Forward tipping dumper training will enable you to:

  • Operate the equipment
  • Site it safely and efficiently
  • Put relevant safety precautions in place
  • Prepare the dumper for travel on site and public highways

You will learn essential operating skills for the equipment, including:

  • Manufacturer’s pre-start checks and functional checks
  • Driving the dumper when it is loaded and unloaded state over varying terrain
  • Starting and stopping up and down inclines
  • Travelling the machinery using various gears
  • Reversing/manoeuvring in confined spaces
  • Positioning for loading
  • Receiving a load
  • Discharging a load into trenches/over raised edges
  • Forming a stockpile
  • Parking the dumper, and carrying out shut down and securing procedures.

What skill level is needed for before attending the course?

For CPCS Accreditation they must also have successfully passed the Health, Safety and Environment test for Operatives (HS&E test) within the past two years.  Attendees without an NVQ can achieve accreditation for two years, but they must then register and complete an NVQ within this period to then get a five-year card.

For NPORS-accredited courses, attendees who have registered and passed a relevant NVQ can obtain a five-year trained operator’s card.

What do I need to drive a dumper?

To drive a dumper professionally, you need the appropriate licence or accreditation.

You can obtain this following forward tipping dumper training.

It is important to note that construction sites must comply with HSE guidelines for ALL people operating equipment on-site.

In practice, this means that without a valid forward tipping dumper licence, you will be unable to get work as an operator on a construction site.

Forward tipping dumper licence is an essential piece of proof of your competence, skill and ability for working with construction site equipment.

How long does a forward tipping dumper course take?

The forward tipping dumper course takes between one and three days, depending on the level of experience of the attendees.

It includes both theory and practical sections, and there is a test included, which candidates must pass to complete the course satisfactorily.

Novices will need to complete a full course.

Experienced operators may only need to complete the technical testing.

Who is the accrediting body for the forward tipping dumper course?

There are two main accrediting bodies for the forward tipping dumper course:

  • CPCS, Construction Plant Competence Scheme, is the most widely recognised accreditation body in the construction industry and it runs a competence card scheme under CPCS A09 Forward Tipping Dumper Training
  • NPORS, National Plant Operators Registration Scheme, provides accreditation to demonstrate that operators meet all legal requirements in the safe and efficient use of plant machinery. It issues a Red Trained Operator card. The NPORS Forward Tipping Dumper (N204) course provide delegates with the knowledge and practical skills needed to safely operate a Forward Tipping Dumper.

In addition to these accredited courses, SB Skills runs in-house courses to match specific business operational needs.

How long does a dumper licence last?

The CPCS Red Trained Operator card is valid for two years from the date of issue.

The NPORS card is valid for two years for successful attendees without an NVQ who want a Health & Safety endorsed cards in which time they must register and complete an NVQ within these two years to gain a five-year card.  For a non H& S endorsed card these are valid for valid for 5 years.

Attendees who already have an NVQ will receive a card valid for five years.

Who should attend this course?

Trainees and operators who are required to operate a forward tipping dumper would highly benefit from attending this training course.

SB Skills Solutions Ltd offering a number of training courses to employers and individuals in the construction and warehousing industries throughout North West England. Contact us to discuss your requirements, we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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