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Citrus Certified - Wheeled Loading Shovel


A Wheeled Loading Shovel is a tractor-like vehicle with a shovel attachment specifically designed to perform heavy-duty earthwork and construction operations such as extracting from a stockpile or bank and loading vehicles. A wheeled machine is also popular in the recycling and waste sector for its versatility in movement and loading capabilities.

There are two main types of loading shovel vehicles- tracked, primarily used to  backfill, spread and level various types of material using a multi-purpose front bucket or wheeled, which cleans, spreads, and levels materials.  Correct and proper preparation is critical to ensure that the loading shovel will work safely and efficiently, so training is essential.

This Citrus certification delivers the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of safely using a Wheeled Loading Shovel. It is specifically aimed at Plant Operators who want to learn how to safely operate a Wheeled Loading Shovel 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 wheeled loading shovel tests.

Course Outline

A mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials take delegates through manufacturer information and general knowledge of a Wheeled Loading Shovel. 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 post-course assessment. Delegates 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 Wheeled Loading Shovel safely. Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The learnings will take delegates through;

  • The qualification structure and content
  • Health and safety legislation relevant to Plant Operators
  • Theoretical knowledge of plant operations
  • Operator’s responsibilities, including daily/weekly checks of the machine
  • Wheeled Loading Shovel equipment and the operator’s manual
  • Practical operation of a Wheeled Loading Shovel
  • Driving up and down slopes
  • Forming a stockpile on a Wheeled Loading Shovel
  • Creating a ramp on a Wheeled Loading Shovel
On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the Wheeled Loading Shovel
  • 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 Wheeled Loading Shovel for use and operate the machine safely and efficiently
  • Perform specific forming and loading tasks and operations as practised throughout the course
  • Confidently carry out all end of work and shut down procedures for a Wheeled Loading Shovel

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

Who Should Attend?

This Wheeled Loading Shovel Citrus Certification is for Plant Operators who need practical and theoretical training and assessment on a Wheeled Loading Shovel 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 the whole package and assessment-only options. 

Course Duration

This comprehensive course trains delegates to safely and responsibly operate a Wheeled Loading Shovel on and off-site. The training options vary to accommodate novices and seasoned delegates:

Novice training - five 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 operating similar machinery before attending this course.

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