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360 Excavator Training 0800 581 976

(Including Mini Digger)

Autec’s 360 excavator training course is for operators who require excavator training or a 360 test for excavators above and below ten tonnes.  We offer both wheeled excavator training courses and tracked excavator licences.

Autec training offer three types of excavator tickets for construction and non-construction use:

NPORS (National Plant Operators Registration Scheme)

Autec’s accredited National Plant test (NPORS) is our most popular 360 excavator training course.  We offer NPORS training and plant testing at our dedicated construction training facility.  We also offer NPORS training courses and testing which can be carried out at your own workplace using your own plant and equipment.

CITB - CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme)             

Once you have completed your CSCS health and safety training (click here for more details) our plant training and test centre at the East of England Showground offers 360 operators a one stop shop taking them from CPCS theory training to the CPCS practical test.  We also offer CPCS 360 assessments and assistance with CPCS licence renewal.

EITO (European Independent Training Organisation)             

EITO is Autec’s alternative 360 excavator operator training scheme, with more than 20,000 operator cards currently in circulation.  The EITO operator’s licence provides clients with an extremely cost effective and recognised by the HSE alternative ‘proof of training’ operator ticket.

Who Should Attend

Both new and existing 360 plant operators who have received little or no formal instruction on excavators, but wish to achieve an accredited NPORS /CPCS 360 Excavator operators card.

Choosing the Right Excavator Course

Autec training offers the following excavator courses:

  • Mini Digger training (tracked) below 10 tonnes
  • Excavator 360° training (tracked) above 10 tonnes
  • Mini Digger training (wheeled) below 10 tonnes
  • Excavator 360° training (wheeled) above 10 tonnes (this excavator is commonly known as a ‘Rubber Duck’ 

If you are looking to operate both Mini Diggers and or Excavators above 10 tonnes, it is best to choose the above 10 tonne excavator course, this qualifies individuals to operate both sizes of 360 excavator on completion.

Excavator Course Duration

Autec Foundation or Novice courses can take between 5 and 10 days depending on the ratio of trainees on the course.  Autec also offer a personal one to one excavator training courses, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Experienced excavator operators with no formal training or for those just simply wishing to refresh their skills, Autec offer a short duration excavator course, this can take between 1 and 4 days depending on the operators ability and experience.

360 Excavator Course Syllabus

  • Familiarity with the equipment and use of Operator's manual
  • Be aware of the necessary routine adjustments and service procedures
  • Health and safety legislation as it applies to Plant operators
  • Operator's responsibilities with regards to daily/weekly checks of machine
  • Role and responsibility as a plant operator
  • Principle components, basic construction, controls & terminology
  • Operate the excavator 360° tracked safely and productively
  • Fit and operate ancillary equipment
  • Site the machine safely and efficiently
  • Understand the capabilities, purposes and limitations of the machine
  • Follow all necessary safety precautions
  • Work to levels with the aid of laser equipment
  • Hazards including underground and overhead services
  • Practical operation, including:
        - Excavation of material
        - Loading vehicles
        - Operating on rough ground and inclines
        - Safe use of the quick hitch
        - Using the excavator for lifting operations
        - Shutdown and securing procedures
  • Theoretical knowledge of plant operations

Course Aims

To provide thorough practical and theory training in driving and operating a 360 tracked or wheeled excavator (above or below 10 tonnes), enabling the candidate to pass the NPORS / CPCS theory and practical tests. 

Excavator Course Location

Operating nationwide Autec offers a comprehensive range of ‘on’ and ‘off’ site training courses from our 20,000 square metre training centre in Peterborough coupled with our purpose built construction plant training facility, spanning hundreds of acres across the East of England Showground in Cambridgeshire.  Our training facilities are perfectly situated on the A1, A47 and A605 with easy access for clients travelling from Cheshire, Yorkshire, Tyneside, Norfolk and the Midlands.  Our pick up service from Peterborough train station is ideal for clients travelling from London, Leicester, Cambridge, Norwich and surrounding counties. 

For excavator training held at your own location, please ensure that the training room you make available for theory has a 240v power supply and is a suitable size for the number of delegates attending.  The practical training area must have been risk assessed, is free from harm, is suitable for training and the necessary plant machinery is available for the duration of the course with a current thorough examination (LOLER) certificate.

Certificates and Qualifications

What will I get?

NPORS, CITB, CPCS and EITO Registration.


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