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NPORS Excavator 180° (N201)


The Excavator 180 is a versatile machine that proves helpful to a range of jobs on-site. Often referred to as a backhoe with its scooping action of the shovel, the machine can excavate materials in bulk and move them left to right through 180°. Safely operating such a large and vital piece of kit requires attention and skill to protect everyone involved.

This Excavator 180 N201 NPORS certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to operate an excavator safely. It is specifically aimed at plant operators who require practical and theory-based training and assessment to excavate on-site.

Course Outline

Through a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover manufacturer and general knowledge and responsibilities of excavation while participating in practical plant operating activities, safety procedures, and best practices.

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

Occupationally and technically-experienced trainers coach delegates on this course, completing the session with an NPORS practical observation and short answer question paper. They must pass the assessment to qualify for:

  • NPORS/CSCS Construction Plant Operator Card, valid for two years.


  • 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 operate an Excavator 180 safely. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes:

  • Preparing an Excavator 180 for use in a live scenario
  • All environmental considerations and the impact of using an excavator poses
  • Safety checks in the work area and the machine, daily and weekly
  • How to operate an Excavator 180 safely and efficiently
  • Mounting and dismounting the machine
  • Operating on slopes, inclines and other challenging terrains
  • Loading and unloading procedures for Excavator 180 transportation
  • All work and shut down procedures
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates can safely and competently operate an Excavator 180 on any given construction site.

The card received will depend on the route the delegate wishes to take:

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 Excavator 180 N201 NPORS Certification is for anyone requiring training and assessment to work with an Excavator 180.

Course Duration

This comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly excavate on-site. The training options vary to accommodate novices and seasoned delegates:

Novice training - 10 days 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 four delegates

One-to-one and group training sessions are available. Please get in touch with the 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

This Excavator 180 N201 NPORS 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.

Delegates must bring a recent passport photo on the training day to produce ID cards.

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 course.

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

Yes - you need to ensure 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.

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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