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CPCS Forward Tipping Dumper (A09) and Ride on Roller (A31)


The Forward Tipping Dumper is the construction industry’s robust and reliable solution for transporting various materials to, from, and across site. With the load held at the front of the machine and the driver sitting behind, it is ideal for undulating surface travel and can carry various materials. The key to optimum usage lies in operation - not overfilling the truck, careful and skilful handling, and expert knowledge of excavation site driving and stability. 

This course delivers training for the Forward Tipping Dumper and the Ride on Roller. 
A Roller's primary purpose is to compact soil, gravel, sand, road surfaces, etc., using vibration, impact loading, kneading, and direct pressure.

More than just ride-on machinery, there are fundamental skills and knowledge workers need to know to handle these trucks safely, correctly and productively.

This CPCS (A09) and (A31) certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of safely using a Forward Tipping Dumper and Ride on Roller. It is specifically aimed at Plant Operators who have limited or no experience in Forward Tipping Dumpers and Rollers. 

Course Outline

A mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials take delegates through manufacturer information and general knowledge of a Forward Tipping Dumper and Ride on Roller. In addition, they’ll participate in practical activities to learn components and functions, best practices and operating methods.

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with regulations. In addition, choose to learn with Citrus, and delegates will benefit from our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach.

Our occupationally and technically-experienced trainers coach delegates on this course, completing the session with a practical observation and theoretical post-course assessment. Delegates must pass the examination to qualify for the CPCS Red Trained Operator Card, valid for two years.

Course Programme

This training is essential for workers to safely operate a Forward Tipping Dumper and Ride on Roller. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications.

The learnings will take delegates through three parts:

  • An introduction and explanation of the CPCS qualification
  • Health and safety legislation as it applies to plant operators
  • Operator’s responsibilities, including the daily/weekly checks of the machinery
  • Becoming familiar with the equipment and use of the operator’s manual


A09 - Forward Tipping Dumper:

  • Minor adjustments and routine servicing procedures theory and practice
  • Preparing the machine for travelling on the public highway
  • Understanding the capabilities, purposes and limitations of each machine
  • Applying all necessary safety precautions and procedures
  • Understanding how diesel engines work and how various parts of the machine operate

A31 Ride on Roller:

  • Learning essential components, construction, controls and terminology
  • Relevant regulations and legislation for the machinery and equipment
  • Pre-use checks
  • Manoeuvring in confined spaces
  • Configuring equipment for travelling on-site and compacting duties
  • Hazards, underground and overhead services
  • Compacting specifics – in straight lines, radii, supported and unsupported edges
  • Principles, requirements and techniques of good compaction
  • Shut down and secure procedures
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the Forward Tipping Dumper and Ride on Roller
  • Confidently locate and identify the major components of the machinery and explain their functions  
  • Be able to locate and identify key controls and explain their functions  
  • Conduct all pre-operational and running checks following manufacturer's and legislative requirements  
  • Be able to prepare a Forward Tipping Dumper and Ride on Roller for use and operate the machine safely and efficiently  
  • Perform specific loading and unloading tasks and compacting operations as practiced throughout the course  
  • Confidently carry out all end of work and shut down procedures

Upon successfully completing the course, delegates receive their CPCS red card (Trained Operator), valid for two years per category held.

Who Should Attend?

This CPCS Forward Tipping Dumper (A09) and Ride on Roller (A31) is for novice Plant Operators who need practical and theory training and assessment. While it is ideal for delegates to have some machinery experience, it is not mandatory. 

The course can be tailored to you depending on experience, from full training for novices to test-only for experienced delegates.

Course Duration

This comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly operate a Forward Tipping Dumper and Ride on Roller on and off-site. 

Novice training - five days with a maximum of four delegates

One-to-one and group training options are also available. Please get in touch with our team to find out more.

Why Citrus?

We dedicate our efforts to unrivalled quality and the customer experience at Citrus Training, working tirelessly to provide exemplary service to our clients and produce excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors. 

We have a team of specialist Plant and Lifting trainers and assessors, coaching and testing nationwide to meet any specific needs of our clients. With a wealth of experience and expertise, they have successfully trained over 25,000 delegates across the Plant and NVQ training categories.

Our facilities include six technical centres with the capacity for delivering Plant Training across the UK. And our national, accredited Training and Test Centres are fully equipped to provide In-House and CPCS accredited courses. In addition, as an approved NPORS training provider, we can also offer on-site training and testing nationwide. 

Finally, as an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) by CITB, we provide quality training that meets the industry-approved standards.

Things You Need to Know

This CPCS Certifed course is a practical course, so delegates must inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication, which may create difficulties in any elements of the training.

Delegates must pass their health, safety and environmental touch test within two years of taking their CPCS theory test.

If you are a CITB Levy payer, you can claim a CITB Grant for this course. Once you have booked please contact us with your CITB number and we can assist you in claiming the funds.

Popular FAQ's

Yes - delegates need to have a good understanding of the English language to take the course.

No, but there are practical elements, so delegates should make their trainer aware of any special considerations.

Ideally, delegates will have some experience in Forward Tipping Dumper and Ride-on Roller operation before attending this course. 

No, this course needs to be taken at a CPCS accredited test centre.

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