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Skip Handler

Course 213

Skip HandlerCourse Duration

Days: 1 – 4 (last day for CPCS testing)


1 – 2

Course Objectives

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

  • Carry out pre-start inspection.
  • Operate safely under varying site conditions.
  • Carry out minor adjustments and routine service.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of responsibilities under relevant legislation.
  • Operate machine safely and correctly in accordance with manufacturers’ manual and instructions and accepted good practice.
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Course Summary

  • Introduction to machine
  • Relevant regulations/legislation
  • Recognition of potential hazards (hazardous substances)
  • Techniques for siting/lifting close to ground works and buildings
  • Communication
  • Signalling procedures
  • Loading/off-loading techniques for empty/loaded skips
  • Lifting techniques for a loaded skip
  • Methods and procedures for trimming and securing loads
  • Methods and procedures for tipping loaded skips
  • Operators’ responsibilities for preparing and using the skip handler for road travel
  • Spatial Awareness


CPCS Red Trained Operator Card – Valid for 2 years (non renewable).

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).

Skip Handler 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 Skip Handler 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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