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Citrus Certified - Skid Steer


A small, versatile piece of construction equipment, a Skid Steer is primarily used for digging and moving material and heavy loads. It gets its name from the way it turns and with wheels or tracks fixed at one angle, they only point straight ahead. The wheels or tracks on each side of the vehicle are locked in sync and have their own engines. They come in various sizes to suit different purposes such as:

  • Demolition
  • Roadworks
  • Excavation
  • Digging
  • Loading
  • Landscaping
  • Backfilling
  • And more…

This Citrus certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of safely using a Skid Steer. It is specifically aimed at Plant Operators who want to learn how to safely operate a Skid Steer on construction sites. In addition, they’ll cover compliance with the law and employee health and safety and that of anyone else affected by their actions, preparing them for theory and practical Skid Steer tests.

Course Outline

A mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials take delegates through manufacturer information and general knowledge of a Skid Steer. 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 on this course, completing the session with a practical observation and theoretical assessment. They must pass the examination to qualify for the Citrus Training Certificate, valid for three years.  

Course Programme

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

The content will take delegates through;

  • An introduction and explanation of the qualification
  • Health and Safety legislation relevant to plant operators
  • Theoretical knowledge of plant operations
  • The operator’s responsibilities, including daily/weekly checks of the machine
  • Becoming familiar with the Skid Steer components and how to use the operator’s manual
  • Practical operation of a Skid Steer
  • Driving up and down slopes
  • Forming a stockpile
  • Forming a ramp
  • All set up and shut down procedures for safe operation
On Completion
  • At the end of the training, successful delegates will: 
    Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the Skid Steer 
  • Confidently locate and identify the major components of the Skid Steer 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 Skid Steer for use and operate the machine safely and efficiently  
  • Perform specific driving and formation tasks and operations as practised throughout the course
  • Confidently carry out all end of work and shut down procedures

On successful completion of the course, delegates receive their Citrus Training Certificate, valid for three years.  

Who Should Attend?

This Skid Steer Citrus Certification is for Plant Operators who need practical and theory training and assessment on a Skid Steer to do their job. While it is ideal for delegates to have some machinery experience, it is not mandatory.

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 operate a Skid Steer on and off-site. The training options vary to accommodate novices and seasoned delegates:

Novice training - three days with a maximum of three delegates 

Refresher training – two days with day one for training and day two for assessment 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

This Citrus 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.

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.

Ideally, delegates will have some experience in Skid Steer operation before attending this course.

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