CPCS A31 Ride on Roller

This training course is for operators who require or have a desire to take the relevant CPCS Test in order to gain a RED Trained operator card for CPCS A31 Ride on Rollers.

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Course Objectives

  • Define the roles and responsibilities of a Ride on Roller operator
  • Explore and analyse important legislation, guidance, and regulations
  • Carry out pre-use checks and check equipment for function and serviceability
  • Display the ability to use the machine to safely traverse over rough and undulating ground, as well as sizable inclines and level surfaces
  • Demonstrate competence in operating the roller in a confined space
  • Understand the requirement to identify hazards such as underground and overhead services
  • Compact granular materials to a specified requirement
  • Compact in a directional manner, both in straight lines and around radii
  • Compact to either a supported or unsupported edge
  • Apply the techniques and standards required for good compaction

Two Part Testing

1. Theory Test – a verbal 1:1 with questions asked by the CPCS tester.

2. Practical Test – a test including:-

  • Pre-start and machine operating/running checks
  • Ability to traverse (travel) through a restriction
  • Negotiate inclines and undulating surfaces
  • Prepare the roller for operation and establish an exclusion zone
  • Perform a straight run compaction
  • Perform a radius compaction
  • Safely park the dumper
  • Perform correct shutdown and securing procedures

Entry Requirements

CITB Health, Safety and Environment test completed and passed within the last two years before the course start date or CPCS test date.

A good level of written and spoken English is paramount to successfully complete this course. If you have any concerns regarding this please contact our office and we discuss available options (for example, hiring a translator at an additional cost).


Upon successful completion of both the theory & practical tests the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Red Trained Operators Card is awarded, valid for two years.

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Next Steps

Register and complete the NVQ Level 2 to achieve CPCS blue competence card, valid for 5 years.