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Citrus Certified - Excavator 180°


A powerful digging machine commonplace in heavy construction works, the Excavator 180 is a versatile machine that proves helpful to a range of jobs on-site. Sometimes referred to as a backhoe due to the scooping action of the shovel, it can excavate large amounts of materials and move them left to right through 180°. Operating such a large and vital piece of kit requires meticulous attention and skill to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

This Citrus certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of Excavator 180s and safely use them. It is specifically aimed at Plant Operators who require practical and theory-based training and assessment on an Excavator 180 working in the construction industry.

Course Outline

A mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials take delegates through manufacturer information and general knowledge and awareness of an Excavator 180. They’ll participate in practical activities to recognise machine 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 short theory test. They must pass the assessment to qualify for the Citrus Certificate , valid for three years. 

Course Programme

This training is essential for workers to operate an Excavator 180 safely. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications.

The learnings will take delegates through;

  • Health and safety legislation for Plant Operators
  • Theoretical knowledge of plant operations and the relevancy to the Excavator 180
  • Operator's responsibilities, including daily/weekly checks of the machinery and maintenance
  • Excavation equipment and use of the operator's manual
  • Practical operation techniques and procedures, including machine set-up and shut-down
  • How to drive up and down slopes safely
  • Loading vehicles with front and back buckets
  • Forming stockpiles with a front bucket
  • Excavating trenches and square holes
  • Forming a batter
  • Creating split level trenches
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the Excavator 180
  • Confidently locate and identify the major components of the machine 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 an Excavator 180 for use and operate the machine safely and efficiently
  • Perform specific excavation tasks and operations as practiced throughout the course
  • Confidently carry out all end of work and shut down procedures

On successful completion of the course, delegates receive their Citrus Certificate, valid for three years.

Who Should Attend?

This Excavator 180 Citrus Certification is for Plant Operators who need practical and theory training and assessment on an Excavator 180 to carry out their work. While it is desirable for delegates to have some experience of the machinery, it is not mandatory.

The course is available to those who need novice training or assessment-only options. 

Course Duration

This comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly work with an Excavator 180 on-site. The training options vary to accommodate novices and seasoned delegates:

Novice training - ten days with a maximum of three delegates

Refresher training – two days with day one for training and day two for assessment with a maximum of four delegates   

Assessment only - one-day session with a maximum of four delegates    

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 over 30 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 CPCS and CSCS 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 by CITB, we provide quality training that meets the industry-approved standards (ATO). 

Things You Need to Know

This Citrus Certifed course has practical elements, 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 this training course. 

For training held at your location, please ensure that the classroom you make available has a power supply and is a suitable size for the number of delegates attending. In addition, please ensure that the practical area has been risk-assessed, is free from harm, and is ideal for training. 

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 test.

No, but there are practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if there is anything they need to consider before starting.

Yes - you need to make sure your premises have a 240v power supply, that your classroom is big enough and that the practical area has been risk-assessed and suitable before any training takes place.

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