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CPCS A59 Excavator 360

What is the course?

The course provides theoretical and practical expertise for people who will be using an excavator within the construction industry or for land-based work. It ensures that the candidates who take the course have the skills to maintain and operate a 360 degree excavator safely.

Course Content

  • Operating the excavator 360 degrees safely and effectively
  • Fitting and operating any ancillary equipment
  • Effectively and safely siting the machine
  • Making small adjustments to machinery
  • Routine servicing procedures
  • The purposes, capabilities and limitations of all machinery
  • The necessary safety precautions
  • How to work to levels with the aid of laser equipment
  • Interpretation of legal and regulatory information

How is the Course Taught and Assessed?

Candidates will be taught through a combination of classroom-based learning and practical elements. Assessment is carried out via both practical and theory exams.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is aimed at existing and potential operators who need their training refreshed or people who have not had any formal training.

For candidates with no prior experience, the course takes nine days. For novice candidates who have had some experience the course takes five days. Experienced operatives who are refreshing their skills can complete the course in three days.

There are three specific subtypes available to operatives on this course:

  • A59A: Tracked
  • A59B: Wheeled
  • A59C: Lifting Operations

What Qualification Will I Receive?

If you are successful, at the end of the course you will receive the CITB National Construction College certificate. Once the CPCS Technical Tests are passed, you will receive the CPCS Red Trained Operator Card.

Entry requirements

You will need to have successfully completed a CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test in the last two years. You must also have a good knowledge of both written and spoken English.

What Can I Do Next?

Upon completion of the course candidates may want to pursue:

  • CPCS Blue Component Operator card
  • Excavator 180 degree Wheeled CPCS Code A10/A12
  • Excavator Banksman course
  • Lifting with Excavators course
  • Mini Excavator below 10 tonnes

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