Vally Plant Training

Call: 0800 689 1793

Mobile: 07724 967694

Newton Farm Business Park

Ashchurch, Tewkesbury, Gloucester GL20 7BE

Vally Plant Training

Call: 0800 689 1793

Mobile: 07724 967694
Vally Plant Training

Call: 0800 689 1793

Mobile: 07724 967694

Newton Farm Business Park

Ashchurch, Tewkesbury, Gloucester GL20 7BE

NPORS Excavator Training

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NPORS 360 Excavator Training

The objective of the NPORS Excavator Training course is to deliver comprehensive theoretical and practical training, ensuring the safe utilisation of excavators. This course covers the proficient operation of both wheeled or tracked excavators, catering to potential Digger operators. Upon successfully completing the NPORS Excavator Training Course, participants will be awarded the red trained operator card or the NPORS Traditional card, signifying their competence in excavator operation.

This Novice Excavator course spans five days and provides personalised 1 on 1 training, offering participants a focused and tailored learning experience to enhance their skills in excavator operation.

NPORS Excavator Training or testing can be carried out on your site or ours

NPORS Excavator Test £360.00

NPORS Excavator Test is for operators who have been using the excavators in the workplace for a few years or that they have had some form of in-formal training in the past. If you are unsure if you qualify to go down the test route please contact our team to discuss this in more detail. If you book this route with us you will receive revision notes for the 25 questions.

NPORS Lifting Operations, Excavator As A Crane is an add on to the excavator operator card to enable the operator to safely pick and carry underslung loads book now button

Turn your Excavator red card to blue with our hassle free Excavator NVQ, for more information EXCAVATOR NVQ

Excavator Training Course: Mastering Operation, Safety, and Maintenance

360 Excavators are versatile and powerful pieces of machinery widely used in the construction industry for various tasks, from digging trenches to lifting heavy loads. However, operating an excavator requires more than just basic knowledge of its controls; it demands proficiency, safety consciousness, and a comprehensive understanding of its capabilities. In this detailed course outline, Vally Plant Training will delve into the essential content covered in an excavator training course, designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to operate, maintain, and safely manoeuvre excavators on construction sites.

  1. Introduction to Excavators:
  • All Health and safety legislations covered
  • Overview of excavator types and configurations
  • Components and anatomy of an excavator
  • Understanding hydraulic systems and controls
  1. Excavator Safety Procedures:
  • Importance of safety in excavator operation
  • Pre-operation inspection checklist
  • Safe entry and exit procedures
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements
  • Emergency shutdown procedures
  1. Excavator Operation Basics:
  • Starting and shutting down procedures
  • Familiarisation with controls: joysticks, pedals, and switches
  • Basic manoeuvres: moving forward, backward, turning, and slewing
  • Operating the boom, arm, and bucket controls
  • Understanding machine stability and centre of gravity
  1. Excavation Techniques:
  • Digging trenches and excavating foundations
  • Sloping and benching techniques for safe excavation
  • Loading dumper trucks and stockpiling materials
  • Precision excavation for utilities and pipelines
  1. Lifting and Rigging: Excavator as a crane
  • Overview of lifting capacities and load charts
  • Selecting appropriate lifting attachments
  • Rigging techniques: using hooks, slings, and chains
  • Safe lifting practices and procedures
  1. Excavator Maintenance:
  • Importance of regular maintenance for optimal performance
  • Daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance checks
  • Lubrication and greasing points
  • Troubleshooting common issues and repairs
  1. Site Safety and Hazard Awareness:
  • Identifying and mitigating hazards on construction sites
  • Understanding underground utilities and potential hazards
  • Working safely near power lines and other overhead obstructions
  • Site-specific safety protocols and regulations
  1. Practical Hands-On Training:
  • Practical exercises in operating an excavator under supervision
  • Manoeuvring in various terrain conditions
  • Excavation tasks: digging trenches, loading trucks, etc.
  • Lifting and rigging exercises with simulated loads
  1. NPORS Assessment and Certification:
  • Written examination to assess theoretical knowledge
  • Practical assessment of excavator operation skills
  • Certification upon successful completion of the course

Excavator Variations

  • Micro Excavator up to 1Tons:
  • Excavator Below 10T
  • Excavator above and below 10T
  • Wheeled Or Tracked
  • 180 excavator (3CX)
  • Lifting Operations (additional)


Why Book Your Test With VPT

  • Excavator Training Available 7 days a week to suit your business requirements.
  • VPT have a team of friendly and approachable instructors, who have a wealth of knowledge of the excavator and the construction industry
  • We have our own training centre conveniently located close to the M5 junction 9, In Tewkesbury. With its own purpose-built Excavator practical training area to simulate an actual working environment.
  • Our Excavator Training Course and test packages are priced to be competitive. Discounts are available for multiple bookings
  • We can send a fully qualified NPORS Excavator Tester to your site nationwide, to reduce the amount of time away from work to complete the Excavator Test

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3 Day Crane/Lift Supervisor Course. £795 pp

27th – 28th  February 2024 (3 spaces available}

2nd – 4th April 2024 (2 spaces available)

Book your place today as spaces are limited


Excavator Course Duration

Novice Operator: 5 Days, maximum of 1 candidates, This is 1 on 1 training to maximise your time on the machine

Experienced Operator: 1 Day test only, maximum of 4 candidates.

Location: Tewkesbury Training Centre or at your site nationwide

At Our Customers Site*:

Our instructors travel throughout the UK To deliver excavator training

*Mileage and accommodation charges may apply

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Traditional card – lasts for 5 years and is mainly accepted with housebuilders, utilities, port and marine as proof of competence OR

NPORS card with CSCS logo – accepted by all major building contractor’s. The initial card is the RED trained operator card which lasts for 2 years and can be upgraded to BLUE competent operator card further to completion of relevant NVQ.

CSCS Health & Safety Test

If you require the NPORS Excavator Red operator card with the CSCS logo on then you must have completed the operatives health and safety test within the last two years.

In house certificates: suitable as proof of operator competence accepted for insurance and HSE compliance.

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