Excavator Training Course

Conduct Civil Construction Excavator Operations


This course is designed for students to gain the skills and qualifications to operate an excavator 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 excavator operations
1 Access, interpret and apply excavator operations documentation
1.2 Obtain, interpret, clarify and confirm work requirements
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 Obtain, identify and implement traffic management signage requirements according to standard operating procedures and safe work practices
1.6 Select required excavator equipment and/or attachments and confirm suitability for work activities
1.7 Obtain and interpret emergency procedures for excavators, 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 excavator 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 excavator 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 in line with manufacturers’ specifications
3. Lift, 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 requirements
3.3 Position machinery and ensure stable and effective shift of materials according to work requirements
3.4 Shift load 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 use attachments for a excavator
4.1 Select attachment for the task
4.2 Fit attachment in line with workplace procedures
4.3 Test attachment and ensure correct fitting and operation
4.4 Use attachment within design limits and in accordance with workplace procedures
4.5 Remove, clean and store attachments in designated location in line with workplace procedures
5. Prepare to relocate the excavator
5.1 Prepare excavator for relocation
5.2 Move excavator safely within and/or between work areas, observing relevant codes and traffic management requirements
5.3 Assist loading and unloading machine from float/trailer in line with workplace procedures
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

Excerpt from – https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/RIIMPO320F