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The aim of the 360 Excavator Course is to provide candidates with the knowledge and practical skills required to safely operate the Excavator and successfully sit both the Theory and Practical elements of the CPCS Technical Test. NPORS testing is also available on this category.
Candidates will be trained and/or tested by an experienced instructor


 The main areas covered during training are:

  • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator

  • Name and explain the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology

  • Conform with manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation

  • Undertake all pre-use checks

  • Configure and ready for travel (site and highway – where applicable)

  • Travel over rough, undulating ground, substantial inclines and level surfaces

  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces

  • Configure and set for excavating duties

  •  Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services

  • Excavate differing types of excavations in various types of ground

  • Place materials into transporting vehicles and hoppers

  • Grade, spread and level ground and materials

  • Attach and remove buckets

  •  Lift, move and place basic slung loads

  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures

  • Explain the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting



                   360 EXCAVATOR

CPCS Technical Tests

  • Theory: 1 hour

  • Practical: 2 hours 45 minutes

  • Tracked (A59a)

  • Wheeled (A59b)


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