360 Excavator Training

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What is a 360 Excavator Course?

A 360 excavator course provides the skills and knowledge necessary for its operator to work competently, productively and safely as defined by the CPCS standards.

A 360 excavator is a heavy construction machine that consists of a boom, dipper, bucket and cab on a rotating platform -- thus the 360 in the “360 excavator” -- on a wheeled or tracked undercarriage. These machines have a vast number of applications in construction, from shifting materials to digging trenches and foundations.

360 excavator operators in the UK earn on average £32,000.
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360 Excavator Course Details:

The 360 Excavator training courses typically take between 1 to 5 days to complete, depending on the operator's experience and the level of required certification.

At CPTS, we offer Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) 360 Excavator courses for wheeled and tracked 360 excavators below and above 10 tonnes.

Our excavator courses will teach you all essential skills and offer a route to get a relevant 360 Excavator CPCS red card, required by the vast majority of construction companies.
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The 360 excavator training course includes the following elements:

  • Legislation & codes of practice.
  • Roles and responsibilities of the roller driver.
  • Basic construction, main components, controls & correct terminology.
  • Correct procedures for pre-use checks, at the start, running checks and shut-down.
  • Operation on rough or otherwise difficult (e.g. steep) terrain and in confined spaces.
  • Various types of excavation in different kinds of ground.
  • Grading, spreading and levelling.
  • Installation and use of ancillary equipment.
  • Hazards, underground and overhead services.

Completion of the 360 excavator course:

The completed 360 excavator training course ends with a theoretical and practical test. Successful candidates obtain the CPCS Trained Operator card for the excavator type(s) covered by the course. This is also known as the CPCS red card, and is the first step in accreditation, issued for a non-renewable two-year period.

A more advanced accreditation, the Competent Operator card, also known as the CPCS blue card, can be achieved by gaining 300 hours of experience at work with excavators, recorded and endorsed in your CPCS logbook and completing the NVQ level 2 assessment within 2 years of the red card issue date. The CPCS blue card is valid for five years and is renewable.
Get in touch to find out how we can help you get a 360 Excavator CPCS blue card.
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