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NPORS Plant Machinery Marshal (N133)


When moving and positioning plant machinery, the responsibility for the safety of everyone involved falls heavily on the experience and expertise of the plant machinery marshall on-site to avoid any incidents and potentially serious accidents. Therefore, clear and concise communication techniques and in-depth knowledge of plant machinery are critical to a smooth and safe operation.

This Plant Machinery Marshall N133 NPORS certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to communicate and guide plant machinery safely and effectively. It is for plant operators who require practical and theory-based training and assessment to direct or position plant machinery as part of their daily duties 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 plant machinery marshalling 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 a short answer question paper. They must pass the assessment to qualify for either 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 work as plant machinery marshalls safely. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes:

  • A basic understanding of the industry and the relevant legislation
  • The dangers of working in the industry and responsibilities of a plat machinery marshall
  • Knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular plant they are guiding
  • Signs and signals, approved hand signals and different forms of communication
  • Identifying and maintaining PPE appropriate for plant machinery marshal duties
  • Conducting all necessary safety checks at the work area, including stop blocks and tipping areas
  • Setting up exclusion zones for unloading
  • Guiding vehicles in a forward and reverse direction, including confined spaces and "blind areas", safely and efficiently
  • Environmental considerations and impact
  • All end of shift and shut down and parking procedures
On Completion

Construction industry delegates

On successful completion of the course, operators who do not hold the requisite (S)NVQ with the units applicable to the category of plant achieved will receive a Trained Operator Card valid for two years from the test date.

During the two years, they must 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.

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 Plant Machinery Marshall N133 NPORS certification is for anyone requiring training and assessment to guide and direct vehicles and machinery on-site.

Course Duration

This comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly work as a Plant Machinery Marshal on-site. The training options vary to accommodate novices and seasoned delegates:

  • 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 sessions are available. Please get in touch with our 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 Plant Machinery Marshal N133 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 participating. 

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. You must also ensure that any required plant machinery is ready and available on the training day.

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. In addition, please ensure that all relevant plant machinery is available.

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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