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Novice CPCS Excavator 360° Below 10 Tonnes (A58)


The Excavator 360° is a powerful digging machine, ideal for soft, uneven land and hills, and is a mainstay in heavy construction works. Rotating 360° allows it to excavate large amounts of materials and move them anywhere within the vehicle's radius. Operators manoeuvre from a cab on the rotating base with a boom, dipper, and bucket, and the excavator travels on tracks or wheels around the site. This large and critical machine requires knowledge and skill to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

This CPCS A58 certification delivers a thorough understanding of the relevant operational and safety requirements for operators working in the construction industry and allied environments. It is specifically aimed at Plant Operators with no experience in excavation under 10 tonnes who require practical and theory-based training and assessment on a tracked Excavator 360° handling 10 tonnes or less.

Course Outline

With a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover manufacturer information and general knowledge of a tracked Excavator 360 and 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 benefit from our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach.

Our occupationally and technically-experienced trainers guide delegates through this course, completing the session with a practical test and question and answer theory. Delegates must pass all tests to qualify for the CPCS Red Trained Operator card, valid for two years.

Course Programme

This training is essential for workers to operate a tracked Excavator 360 safely. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes:

  • An introduction and overview of this CPCS qualification
  • All Health and safety legislation relating to plant operators
  • Theoretical knowledge of plant operations
  • The operator’s responsibilities regarding daily and weekly checks of the excavator
  • Familiarity with the 360 Excavator and use of operator’s manual
  • All relevant practical operations
  • Material excavation exercises
  • How to stockpile
  • Tipper loading techniques
  • Operating on inclines and undulating terrain
  • Safe and proper use of the quick hitch
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Have awareness and knowledge of health and safety legislation
  • Be able to carry out pre-start and running checks on the machine
  • Be confident in setting the excavator for site travel and relevant duties
  • Travel over differing types of terrain, including undulating ground and slope
  • Manoeuvre in confined areas using forward and reverse direction
  • Know the correct procedure to load material into a vehicle
  • Be able to remove the bucket and replace it with an alternative
  • Lift, load and rotate to the appropriate degrees and radius
  • Reinstate a work area back to the original state
  • Implement shutdown and secure procedures

On successfully completing the course, delegates receive their Red Trained Operator CPCS Card, valid for two years.

Who Should Attend?

This Novice CPCS A58 Excavator 360 qualification is suitable for novice operators looking to pursue a career in plant operations. The course is available to those who need full training and test.

Course Duration

This comprehensive training prepares delegates to safely and responsibly work with an excavator 360 under 10 tonnes on-site. 

Novice training - six days with a maximum of two delegates using two machines.

If you have more experience on the machine and only need refresher training or a test, click here for our Experienced 360 above 10T course. [link]

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 (ATO) by CITB, we provide quality training that meets the industry-approved standards. 

Things You Need to Know

All delegates must have passed the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment touchscreen test for Operatives within the past two years and show proof of qualification to take this course. 

The training 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 course. 

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 must inform their trainer if there is anything they need to consider before starting the course.

Yes. All delegates must have passed the CSCS Health, Safety and Environment touchscreen test for Operatives within the past two years and show proof of qualification before taking this course.

No, this training can only take place at an accredited test centre.

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