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CPCS - A59a Excavator 360 above 10 tonnes - Intermediate

This intermediate level course is for those who will be using a 360 above 10 tonnes excavator in either the land-based or construction industry.


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Course Details

Product number: CPCS_A59_INT|2130

To provide thorough practical and theory training in operating a 360 degree Excavator (above 10 tonnes), enabling the candidate to pass the CPCS theory and practical tests.

If you are booking with less than 3 working days notice from the course start date please ring 0345 605 0006 to confirm this course.

  • Role and responsibility as a plant operator
  • Principle components, basic construction, controls & terminology
  • Relevant regulations & legislation
  • Pre-use checks
  • Negotiating rough ground & steep inclines
  • Manoeuvring in confined spaces
  • Configuring for excavating duties
  • Hazards, underground & overhead services
  • Excavation & ground types
  • Grading, levelling & spreading
  • Placing materials into vehicles & hoppers
  • Lifting, moving & placing basic slung loads
  • Travelling with slung loads
  • Shutdown & securing procedures
  • Theory Test - sample questions
  • Practical Test - sample assessment

Delegates with some experience of using an excavator and/or those who would benefit from a formal training programme to further develop their skills. Also, delegates who are experienced operators but have little or no experience in CPCS requirements and would therefore benefit from some training in how to meet CPCS theory and practical requirements.


You must have a basic understanding and knowledge of current Health & Safety issues. The relevant CITB Health Safety & Environment touchscreen test must be current and in date (completed within the last 24 months).

Failure to arrive on the course with the relevant test completed and in date, will result in your not being permitted to undertake the exams at the end of the course. No refund will be given for exams cancelled as a result of you not having the relevant test completed.

More information can be found on the CITB website.

Your booking can only be confirmed once we receive the following information:

  1. Existing CSCS Card Number
  2. NI Number
  3. D.O.B.

One of our booking agents will be in contact with you 24-48 hours after you make your booking to collect this information prior to confirming your space on the course.

This course will give candidates a CPCS Red Trained Operator card (on successful completion of CPCS Technical Tests).

Trained Operator Card (RED)

The Trained Operator Card confirms a level of core skills, knowledge and understanding that can be applied in the workplace until measured as competent against national standards. Experienced and able operators may hold a Trained Operator Card whilst being measured against national standards through an SVQ or NVQ.

Once you've obtained your Red CPCS Trained Operator Card, it will last for 2 years.  During these 2 years you must work towards and achieve your NVQ in Plant Operations to upgrade to a Blue CPCS Competence Card.

Competent Operator Card (BLUE)

The Competent Operator Card tells the observer that the holder has demonstrated a level of health and safety awareness through the CITB Health, safety and environment test, underpinning knowledge previously through a CPCS theory test, operating ability previously through a CPCS practical test and operating competence on the type of plant (evidenced by an SVQ or NVQ or employer confirmation of competence).

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