The aim of Excavator Training Course is to:

provide both theoretical and practical training to ensure the safe usage of an excavator including the safe and efficient operation of tracked or wheeled machines. As a result of the training you will receive the red trained operator card

Vally Plant training can provide either training for novice users or an NPORS/CSCS Excavator Experienced Worker Test either at our Gloucestershire based training centre or on our customer’s sites.

The Excavator Training Course provides safety knowledge and practical training in the safe use of tracked or wheeled excavators.

It is important that all delegates have a good understanding of spoken and written English for excavator training.

All candidates will be trained and assessed by our fully accredited NPORS Instructors.

NPORS is an approved CSCS Partner Card Scheme, providing evidence that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the safe operation of the excavator.   Furthermore, training criteria is based on the approved standards of the Construction Leadership Council.

Most major contractors should accept the NPORS Excavator Operator card when presented on-site, which displays the silver CSCS logo.

For more information on the accepted card schemes please download HERE.

 NPORS Excavator Training Course Content

To develop both skills and knowledge associated with this type of machine, the following topics will be covered:


  • Statutory Requirements.
  • Site Safety Awareness.
  • Operating Safety Code.
  • Road & Site Travelling Procedures.
  • NPORS Multiple Choice Theory Test.
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Practical Training/Assessment:

  • Introduction to the Machine.
  • Control Familiarisation.
  • Pre-Start Checks & Basic Maintenance Procedures.
  • Basic Driving Procedures & Practice.
  • Use of Hydraulic Controls.
  • Parking at End of Shift Procedures/ Practice.
  • Road & Site Travelling Procedures/Practice.
  • Excavating & Digging Procedures/Practice.
  • Trenching Procedures/Practice.
  • Back-filling Procedures/Practice.
  • Site Leveling & Ground Consolidation Procedures/Practice.
  • Practical Skills Tests.


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

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Experienced operator – NPORS Excavator Test

NPORS Excavator Test is for operators who have received some form of training in the past or alternatively has been operating the Excavator for several years. If you are unsure if you qualify to go down the test route please contact us to discuss this in more detail.

The test can be conducted on wheeled and tracked 360 excavators below and above 10 tonnes.

There are two parts to the test: a theory section comprised of 25 questions and a practical session.

Course Duration
  • Novice Operator: 1-10 Days, maximum of 3 candidates
  • Experienced Operator: 1 Day test only, maximum of 4 candidates
  • Location: Tewkesbury or at our clients’ site nationwide
  • Funding: CITB Funding may be available, Find out more by clicking the CITB logo below

The Novice duration can vary depending on the experience of the candidate.

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

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.

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

If you have any questions or to book your excavator training or test today for a low fee deposit, please contact us or call 01684 297167

Lifting Ops

This good practice guide from the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group was produced due to the prolific use of excavators used for lifting operations in the construction and allied sectors. The guidance thoroughly sets out the precautions and procedures that should be taken into account when planning and carrying out lifting operations with 360-degree tracked and wheeled excavators as well as 180-degree excavators/backhoe loaders. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDANCE HERE(CPA)

Turn Your Red Excavator Card To Blue With A Level 2 NVQ Diploma

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