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NPORS Forward Tipping Dumper (N204)


Used for carrying and transporting loose materials such as sand, gravel, waste and hardcore, usually across varying terrain, the Forward Tipping Dumper is an efficient and productive piece of kit commonplace on construction sites.
Hydraulic rams power the tipping or dumping function of a Forward Tipping Dumper located at the front or rear of the machine, depending on the type of dumper used.
A Forward Tipping Dumper requires a different knowledge a skill set to its rigid and rear-loading counterparts. So, while a Forward Tipping Dumper may look like a relatively simple machine to operate, there is more that workers need to know to handle each type safely, correctly and productively.

This N204 NPORS certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of safely using a Forward Tipping Dumper and eliminating any bad habits present or forming in operation. It is specifically aimed at Plant Operators who require practical and theory-based training and assessment to use or work with a Forward Tipping Dumper.

Course Outline

A mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials take delegates through manufacturer information and general knowledge of Forward Tipping Dump Trucks. In addition, they’ll participate in practical activities to recognise the truck's components and functions, best practices and operating methods.

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with NPORS 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 answer question paper. They must pass the assessment to qualify for the:

  • 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 a Forward Tipping Dumper 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 relating to Plant Operators
  • Theoretical knowledge of plant operations
  • Forward Tipping Dumper Operator's responsibilities, including daily/weekly checks of the machine
  • All facets and functions of the equipment and use of the Operator's manual
  • Safe and best practice in practical Forward Tipping Dumper operating methods
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for a Forward Tipping Dumper Truck
  • 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 a Forward Tipping Dumper Truck for use and operate the machine safely and efficiently following NPORS guidance
  • Perform specific loading and unloading tasks and operations as practiced throughout the course
  • Confidently carry out all end of work and shut down procedures

Upon successfully completing the course, delegates will recieve the following depending on the route they wish to take:

Once successfully tested operators who do not hold the requisite (S)NVQ with the units applicable to the category of plant achieved will be issued with a Trained Operator Card valid for 2 years from the date they were tested. 

During the two-year period, they will be required to register for and achieve the requisite (S)NVQ with the unit credits applicable to the category(s) of plant held on their Trained Operator Card

Or a
NPORS (Traditional) Operator Card

For those who operate in industry sectors other than construction and therefore not subject to the requirement to hold an operator card bearing the CSCS logo, NPORS has retained its traditional operator card.

End users have the option to select 3 or 5 year registrations for this card dependent on any sector specific or in-company requirements

Who Should Attend?

This Forward Tipping Dumper N204 NPORS Certification is for Plant Operators who need practical and theory training and assessment to do their job. While it is ideal for delegates to have some machinery experience, it is not mandatory.

Course Duration

This comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly operate a Rear Tipping Dumper on-site. The training options vary to accommodate novices and seasoned delegates:

Novice training - four days with a maximum of three delegates 

Refresher/Experienced training – one-day with a maximum of three delegates   

Assessment only - one-day with a maximum of six delegates

One-to-one and dedicated 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 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 N204 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. 

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 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.

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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