CPCS - Excavator 180 Below 5 Tonnes

Course Aims

To provide thorough practical and theory plant training in operating a 180 Degree Excavator below 5 Tonnes, to enable the candidate to competently and safely carry out the role and pass the CPCS Theory and Practical Tests. The excavator training course will provide the skills and experience necessary to work efficiently in the workplace using this vehicle.


Course Content

  • Name and explain the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology

  • Conform to manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook, 

  • Other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation

  • Undertake all pre-use checks

  • Configure and ready for site and highway travel

  • Travel over rough, undulating ground, steep inclines and level surfaces

  • Maneuver in confined spaces

  • Configure and set-up for excavating duties

  • Explain actions required for hazards, underground and overhead services

  • Excavate differing types of excavations in various types of ground

  • Place materials into transporting vehicles and hoppers

  • Grade, spread and level ground and materials

  • Attach and remove buckets

  • Lift, move and place basic slung loads with the rear boom

  • Carry out shut down and securing procedures

  • Explain the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting


Duration of Training

Depending on experience.

Novice training 8-10 days.



To obtain the Red CPCS Trained Operator Card all candidates must pass the Health, Safety and Environment Touch Screen Test (within the last 2 years) and the CPCS Technical Theory Test and Technical Practical Test. 

CPCS - Theory Test Questions