180 Excavator Training

Course information

180 Excavator (Backhoe Loader) Training

Aims & Objectives 

The 180 excavator course is designed to offer candidates the fundamental knowledge and practical skills to work operate this machine.

Course summary

  • Introduction
  • Roles and responsibilities of the plant operator
  • Current relevant regulations
  • Introduction to the machine
  • Preparing for work
  • Traveling and manoeuvring
  • Setting up for work
  • Working tasks
  • Shutting down


Training can be carried out at our centre in Fife, or at your own site where criteria be met. CPCS testing must be carried out at our approved test centre in Fife however NPORS testing can be carried out at your own site providing site specifications can be met.

Course Duration

A 1 day ‘test only’ can be carried out on candidates with relevant experience.

Training duration is dependent on the number of candidates, and each candidates previous experience.  Generally a novice candidate would require 10 days training on the 180 Excavator (this is based on 3 candidates with little or no experience) however this can be significantly reduced with relevant experience.


Our construction plant courses can be delivered with either NPORS, CPCS or our own in-house accreditation. On successful completion of the course candidates will therefore receive certification per their preference. For further information on these schemes, please click here.


We are an ITA approved centre. Please get in touch to find out how you can use your £200 ITA grant towards the cost of this course. 

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