Backhoe/Loader Training Course

Conduct Backhoe/Loader Operations


This course is designed for students to gain the skills and qualifications to operate a Backhoe/Loader for the Civil Construction, Mining, Building, Facilities and Asset Management industries. We offer competitive pricing on all our courses and are happy to negotiate where more than one course or more than one student will be completing the course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be offered providing suitable evidence is supplied. Discuss this with our support staff prior to beginning the course. Upon completion of the course you will be provided with a Photo identification card detailing your qualifications and a certificate demonstrating a Statement of Attainment (SOA)

Foundation Skills required

This section describes those pre-requisite language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance.


Identifies and interprets information from workplace procedures, documentation, legislation and regulations


Uses equipment operating capacity schedule to confirm safe weight load limits

Course Outline

1. Plan and prepare for backhoe/loader operations
1.1 Access, interpret and apply backhoe/loader operations documentation
1.2 Obtain, interpret, clarify and confirm work instructions
1.3 Identify hazards and environmental issues, assess the risks and implement control measures in line with workplace policies
1.4 Select and wear personal protective equipment required for work activities
1.5 Identify, obtain and implement signage traffic management requirements according to standard operating procedures and safe work practices
1.6 Select required backhoe/loader equipment and confirm suitability for work activities
1.7 Obtain and interpret emergency procedures for backhoe/loaders, and be prepared for fires, accidents and emergencies
1.8 Coordinate and communicate planned activities with others at the site prior to commencement of work activity
2. Operate backhoe/ loader in line with established requirements
2.1 Carry out prestart and start-up checks in line with workplace procedures
2.2 Identify faults or defects and rectify or report within scope of own responsibility and according to workplace procedures
2.3 Drive and operate machine using techniques suited to equipment capabilities, site and work conditions, and according to workplace procedures
2.4 Monitor hazards and risks during operations , and ensure safety of self, other personnel, plant and equipment
2.5 Monitor and manage equipment performance using indicators and alarms
3. Load, carry and place materials to complete work activity
3.1 Establish weight of load and ensure it is within safe operational limits of the machine
3.2 Use lifting gear within safe working load requirements and in line with workplace procedures
3.3 Position and locate machinery to ensure stable and effective shift materials according to work requirements
3.4 Shift materials safely and effectively, using hand, audible and communication signal, in line with workplace procedures
3.5 Park up, shut down, secure and carry out post operational inspection of equipment in line with workplace procedures

4. Select, remove, fit and attachments for a backhoe/loader
4.1 Select attachment for the task and fit attachment in line with workplace procedures
4.2 Test attachment and ensure correct fitting and operation
4.3 Use attachment within design limits and in accordance with workplace procedures
4.4 Remove, clean and store attachments in designated location in line with workplace procedures
5. Relocate the backhoe/ loader
5.1 Prepare backhoe/loader for relocation
5.2 Move backhoe/loader safely between worksites, observing relevant codes and traffic management requirements
6. Conduct housekeeping activities
6.1 Clear work area and dispose of or recycle materials according to workplace procedures
6.2 Manage and/or report hazards to maintain a safe working environment
6.3 Complete and file or distribute documentation in a manner that complies with workplace practices

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