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NPORS Excavation Marshal – Banksperson (N027)


A mechanical excavator is a serious piece of kit. Sized between seven and forty-five metric tonnes, there is no room for error when it comes to movement and positioning. The Excavation Marshal’s job is to manoeuvre excavating plant, ensuring excavation and service safety.

This Excavation Marshal – Banksperson – N027 certification provides delegates with a thorough understanding of the relevant operational and safety requirements to monitor and control the work and movement of mechanical excavators on a work site.

Course Outline

A mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials take delegates through the procedures and legislation relating to Excavation Marshaling. 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 through this course, completing the session with a practical observation and theoretical assessment. They must pass the assessment to qualify for the Traditional Operators card, valid for three to five years depending on sector-specific or in-company requirements  

Course Programme

This training is essential for workers to safely operate as an Excavation Marshal – Banksperson – N027. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures and appropriate documentation and classifications.

The content will take delegates through:

  • Responsibilities as an Excavation Marshal —Banks Person
  • The equipment including key controls and components
  • Method Statements, Risk Assessments and Permits to work
  • All pre-excavation checks
  • Signal and emergency procedures
  • Different types of underground services
  • Identify the risks of excavating near underground services
  • Risks in excavation operations and how people are affected
  • Safe dig practices
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Have a working knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Confidently understand and implement all legislation and regulations appropriate for an Excavation Marshall including method statements, risk assessment and permits to work
  • Understand, assess and work in safe workplaces
  • Communicate effectively to other operatives and anyone else affected by the operation
  • Manoeuvre and position excavation machinery safely and to code
  • Know all safe practices for an Excavation Marshal to minimise risk
  • Conduct risk control for different dig scenarios

On successful completion of the course:

Construction industry delegates

Operators will receive a Trained Operator CSCS/NPORS Card valid for two years from the test date.

In order to upgrade your CSCS/NPORS card you need to achieve the requisite (S)NVQ with the units applicable to the category (S) of plant held on their trained operator card

Non-construction industry delegates

Anyone operating in industry sectors other than construction is not required to hold an operator card bearing the CSCS logo and can have the NPORS (Traditional) Operator Card. 

End users can select three or five-year registrations for this card depending on sector-specific or in-company requirements. 

Who Should Attend?

This Excavation Marshall – Banksperson – N027 NPORS Certification is for Plant Operators who need to direct or guide excavators as part of their daily duties. While it is ideal for delegates to have some excavation experience, it is not mandatory.

However, the delegate must have proof of local avoidance equipment training. 

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

Course Duration
  • This comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly work as an Excavation Marshall on-site over two days of training.
    Novice training - one day with a maximum of three delegates  
  • Refresher training – one day with a maximum of three delegates   
  • Assessment only - one day session with a maximum of six delegates  

One-to-one and group training options are also available. Please get in touch with our friendly 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 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

To take this course, the delegate must have proof of Local Avoidance Equipment Training.

This NPORS 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 the training. 

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.  

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.

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.

No, but delegates will benefit from experience in Excavation marshaling operations. You will need to have proof of Local Avoidance Equipment training.

The Construction card has the CSCS logo and is recognised on Construction sites. First, you gain a trained two-year operator card, after which you need to complete an NVQ to earn a five-year competent card. The traditional card is valid for five years and is used more for related industries or self-owned firms.

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