CPCS A58 Excavator Below 10 Tonnes Course

This training course is for excavator operators who require or have a desire to take the relevant CPCS Test in order to gain a RED Trained operator card for A58 Excavator Below 10 Tonnes.

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Course Objectives

  • Define roles and responsibilities of a 360 excavator below 10 tonnes operator
  • Understand fully excavator controls and terminology utilised by a competent operator
  • Maintain safe working conditions of an excavator 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
  • Operate and manoeuvre safely and efficiently within confined spaces
  • Excavate differing types of excavations in diverse ground conditions
  • Load and safely place various materials into vehicles/hoppers for transport
  • Plain, spread, level and grade various ground materials
  • Understand manufacturer requirements in order to attach and remove attachments, such as buckets
  • Safely lift, move and place basic slung loads
  • Demonstrate and safely carry out both shut down and securing procedures

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) up and down a slope through a restriction and over rough terrain
  • Prepare and set the excavator or the relevant work
  • Produce a vertical trench and a square excavation
  • Load material into a vehicle
  • Change the bucket
  • Lift the load to various radii
  • Carry out the 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.