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180° Excavator Backhoe Loader

Course 205

180 ExcavatorCourse Duration

Days: 1 – 10 (last day for CPCS testing)


1 – 4

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the operator should be able to:

  • Safely use quick hitch.
  • Lift and deposit loads.
  • Use ancillary attachments (forks).
  • Carry out a pre-start inspection.
  • Operate safely under varying site conditions.
  • Carry out minor adjustments and routine service.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of responsibilities under relevant legislation.
  • Excavate to various depths and formations and reinstate ground.
  • Operate machine safely and correctly in accordance with manufacturers’ manual and instructions and accepted good practice.
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Course Summary

  • Refuelling procedures
  • Road Traffic Act
  • Loading vehicles
  • Relevant legislation/regulations
  • Travelling on inclines
  • Lift and move basic slung loads
  • Doze, scrape, clam and shovel
  • Configure machine for road travel
  • Forming stock piles
  • Pre-start inspections/maintenance
  • Introduction to machine
  • Controls and instruments
  • Excavate to levels
  • Back-filling and levelling
  • CPCS Theory Test Preparation
  • Repositioning of Backhoe


CPCS Trained Operator Card – Valid for 2 years.

Central Training Services Limited Theory and Practical Certificate for in-house courses.

Refresher Period

The CPCS Trained Operator Card is not renewable (see follow-on courses below).

180° Excavator Refresher Course after 3 years for in-house courses.

Any Other Relevant Information

Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Testing is carried out to CPCS standards by CPCS Approved Testers. CPCS testing consists of passing a Health, Safety and Environment test, then a CPCS Theory Test followed by a CPCS Practical Test.  All tests may be monitored by CPCS.

Recommended Follow-On Courses

CPCS require that a Vocational Qualification (VQ) in Plant Operations (level 2) on 180° Excavator is achieved within 2 years of gaining a CPCS Trained Operator Card. A CPCS Competent Operator Card, for this category, can be applied for upon achievement of the relevant VQ.  The CPCS Competent Operator Card is valid for 5 years and is renewable.

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