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*Dates on application 

Aim of the course

This course aims to provide thorough practical and theory plant training to give members the experience they need to operate a 180 degree Excavator. Our CPCS 180 Excavator training enables the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests.

Course Content

• Operating the 180 degree wheeled excavator safely and productively
• Fitting and operating ancillary equipment
• Siting the machine safely and efficiently
• Carrying out minor adjustments and routine servicing procedures
• Preparing the machine for travelling on the public highway
• The capabilities of each machine, its purpose and limitations
• All safety precautions necessary for the correct operation of the machine
• How to interpret the information provided by level pegs and profiles
• What routine adjustments and servicing procedures are necessary, and how to carry them out
• Working to levels with the aid of laser equipment

Who should attend

The A10 Excavator course is aimed at people who require a formal qualification for operating a 180 degree excavator below 5 Tonne. 

Course Overview

  • 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 site and highway travel
  • Travel over rough, undulating ground, steep inclines and level surfaces
  • Manoeuvre in confined spaces
  • Configure and set-up 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 with the rear boom
  • Prepare the crane in preparation of movement from lifting duties
  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures
  • Explain the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting


2 Day Course (1 Days Training & 1 Day Testing)

3 Day Course (2 Days Training & 1 Day Testing)

4 Day Course (3 Days Training & 1 Day Testing)

5 Day Course (4 Days Training & 1 Day Testing)

6 Day Course (5 Days Training & 1 Day Testing)

7 Day Course (6 Days Training & 1 Day Testing)


On Site – Apple Construction Training Centre

Entry Requirements

To be able to enter and complete this course  you must have the following contents with you.

  • NI Number
  • Existing CSCS Card Number
  • Valid ID
  • In-date CITB HS&E Touch Screen Test*
  • Understanding to be able to read, write and speak English to a good level

*Delegates MUST have in-date CITB Health, Safety and Environment Touch Screen Test which has been completed within two years of the course examination date. 


Mixture of classroom-based teaching and practical exercises, followed by one day assessment. 


Successful candidate will receive a Red CPCS Trained Operator Card on passing the CPCS technical tests. The card is valid for two years and for the availability to upgrade to Blue CPCS Card upon the completion of an NVQ Level 2 within the two years.

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