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This course will test your knowledge and confidence in operating the machine safely, protecting both you and those around you.

This course offers two certificate options: operating either a tracked or wheeled machine depending on your needs.

The finer details

This assessment course has been developed to assess your knowledge and understanding of how to operate a loading shovel safely.

The course duration will depend on the number of learners requiring assessment and will be from half a day to one day.

The assessment will consist of a multiple choice question paper and practical assessment using the machine. Assessment will cover:

  • Plant Safety and the Law
  • Machine Knowledge and Preparation for Work
  • Travelling and Manoeuvring the Machine
  • Machine Operation
  • Attachments
  • Securing Loads and Safe Transportation.

If successful in meeting the required standards assessed, you will be awarded a certificate of competence and a Lantra skills ID card for your chosen certificate option.

Delivery method

Practical observation and assessment

Who should attend?

This course is for you if you need to prove your ability in safely operating a loading shovel.

As you'll appreciate, this course contains some practical activity that will require a minimum level of fitness. If you have any concerns, please speak to the Provider.

What will be covered?

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the key requirements of health, safety and environmental legislation
  • Identify the appropriate sources of information relevant to safe plant operations
  • Identify and explain the main components and operator controls
  • Perform all pre-start and operational checks
  • Configure and set up the machine for operation
  • Identify potential operating hazards
  • Start, drive and park the machine safely
  • Travel over level, rough and undulating ground
  • Manoeuvre the machine in restricted spaces
  • Prepare the machine for travelling on a public highway
  • Perform safe operating and loading procedures
  • Handle different types of material and ground conditions
  • Sort and place materials
  • Identify the dangers associated with excavating and loading
  • Perform safe operating procedures for changing attachments
  • Handle different types of front-end attachments
  • Identify the dangers associated with changing attachments
  • Understand legislative requirements when transporting engineering plant on the public highway
  • Make preparations for loading and unloading duties
  • Load a loading shovel onto a trailer safely
  • Understand the principles of load restraint
  • Unload a loading shovel safely off a trailer.


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