Digger/Excavator Training Explained
CPCS ExcavatorTraining courses are aimed at operatives working with diggers/excavators ina construction environment. When the course, including all practical and theoryelements, has been passed they will be able to hold a valid CPCS card for thisplant category.
The 4 CPCS Excavator Training categories are:
A59 is then further broken down into two sub-categories:
- A59A: Tracked 360 Excavator above 10 Tonnes
- A59B: Wheeled 360 Excavator above 10 Tonnes, often known as a Rubber Duck
The 180 Degree machinery categories are typically less popular than the 360Degree courses.
To provide excavator training for the selected category of plantmachinery, both practical and theory, to ensure the candidate is able tocompetently and safely carry out the role. Successful candidates must pass theCPCS Theory and Practical Tests related to these categories.
• Operating the machinery to a minimum standard
• 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 diesel engines work and how various parts of the machine operate
• How to interpret the information provided by level pegs, profiles and so on
• What routine adjustments and servicing procedures are necessary, and how tocarry them out
Duration of Training
The duration of Excavator training needed will vary dependent on experience. Noviceworkers require more training days that experienced workers, with Foundationcourses typically lasting 4 days.
To achieve the Red CPCS Trained Operator Card, candidates must pass both theCPCS Theory Test and the Practical Test.