CPCS A59 360 Excavator Above 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 A59 360 Excavator Above 10 Tonnes.

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Course Overview

Learners will define roles and responsibilities of a 360 excavator above 10 tonnes operator and fully understand controls and terminology utilised by a competent operator.

This course allows excavator operators to maintain safe working conditions, as well as exploring and analysing important legislation, guidance and regulations. They will also carry out pre-use checks and check equipment for function and serviceability.

Course Objectives

  • 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 with precision

Two Part Testing

To pass this course, candidates will undertake a two part test, including a verbal 1:1 theory test with questions asked by the CPCS tester and a practical test.

The practical test will include testing knowledge of machine checks, ability to traverse over different terrain, producing a vertical trench and a square excavation, loading material, and carrying 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.