Plant Training Courses

NPORS Excavator

NPORS Excavator is a qualification which is recognised by the HSE. Furthermore, it shows that an organisation has NPORS trained instructors who are fully competent to train, test and certify operators. NPORS is looked at as an alternative scheme rather than attending CPCS training.

How long is the Excavator course?
The course length varies depending on the level of experience of the attendee

Who should attend the Excavator course?
Anyone wishing to hold an NPORS licence to operate an Excavator

Is the Excavator course accredited?
NPORS accredited

360 Excavator

Entry Requirements of the NPORS Excavator

Novices with no previous experience all the way up to highly experienced operators can attend the NPORS course. We offer two different routes to obtain the NPORS card. For the CSCS-approved Traditional NPORS card, all candidates need to have passed the Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test or equivalent in the last 2 years.

If you would like to go through the NPORS Red / Blue Card Scheme you will need to complete the touch screen test to gain your NPORS Red Card. You will then need to complete an NVQ in Plant Operations to gain your NPORS Blue Card.

What is the purpose of the NPORS Excavator Course?

The tutor will provide the operator with the knowledge to be able to operate an excavator safely and competently.

Course Content of the NPORS Excavator

There are many different types of excavator courses below are some common examples:

  • 180 Excavator – below 5 tonnes
  • 180 Excavator – above 5 tonnes
  • 360 Excavator – below 10 tonnes
  • 360 Excavator – above 10 tonnes

The content covered by the course includes:

  • Basic procedures
  • Skills and knowledge associated with the excavator
  • Site safety awareness
  • Safely mounting and dismounting the excavator
  • Health and safety procedures
  • Control competence
  • Operating procedures and safety checks whilst unladen and laden and loading and unloading
  • Carrying out excavating tasks across varying terrain
  • Environmental considerations
  • Removing and fitting attachments

Further Development

NPORS recommend that the delegates take regular refresher courses. This is to make sure that the operator is working to the correct standard and to consequently correct any bad habits the operator may have picked up over the duration of the card.

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