CPCS (A23) - Skid Steer Training and Testing

CPCS Skid Steer training courses are suitable for those operating Skid Steers (also referred to as Bob Cats) in a construction environment. These courses, also known as bobcat training courses, are available at both Experienced Worker and Foundation/Novice level.

  • The Foundation Skid Steer course is most suited to those with less than 2 years’ recent experience in the role and will go into more detail on the basics as well as advanced training. These courses will typically be 3 or more days in duration.
  • Experienced Worker Skid Steer operator training courses are available for those who have 2 or more years’ constant and recent experience in their role. This experience level course is shorter, typically lasting 2 days in total, including the final CPCS practical technical test.

Successful candidates will receive the CPCS Red Card (Trained Operator) endorsed with this category. This is valid for 2 years; within this time, you must complete your NVQ in Plant Operations to convert from the Red CPCS card to the 5-year Blue CPCS card.

Please note that candidates must have successfully completed and passed the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment touchscreen test for Operatives within the past two years.

If you are a private individual looking to undertake this course, please read our guidelines for CPCS Training and the Private Individual before applying.

CPCS Course Detail

Skid Steer operator training is designed to provide delegates with information and practical skills to confirm their understanding of safe and correct operation of the Skid Steer Loader.

This CPCS course includes the following elements:

  • Name and purpose of principle components, basic construction and controls/terminology relating to the Skid Steer
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Skid Steer operator
  • Pre and post use checks
  • Shut down procedures
  • Securing procedures
  • Different actions expected for hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Machine use, including manoeuvring in tight spaces
  • How to use the machine on different terrains and areas, including highway travel
  • A range of techniques during use, including forming stockpiles of materials, sorting and placing materials, backfill, spread and level ground and constructing temporary ramps

Both CPCS course experience level variants end with the CPCS Theory and Practical Test. The CPCS theory test is a verbal questions and answer session which will take approximately an hour to complete. The CPCS practical test for the Skid Steer must be completed within seventy five minutes and will consist of the candidate using the machine to complete a variety of activities and manoeuvres including loading the machine.

Course Delivery

Please check the Dates section for open courses in the CPCS (A23) Skid Steer training category, or for more general help or further information please send an enquiry to


Trainer Course Title Days Price ex. VAT
CPCS Training (A23) - Skid Steer Loader Course - Experienced Worker 2 from £610.00
CPCS Training (A23) - Skid Steer Loader Course - Foundation/Novice 3 from £835.00
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