Mini Digger - Training Plus - Health & Safety Courses
5-10 days

Course Summary

The aim of the course is to provide the theoretical and practical knowledge to safely operate an excavator for general purpose applications. This course meets the statutory requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, and other relevant statutory provisions.

The course will comprise of theoretical and practical instruction
covering the following:-

  • Responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) and
  • PUWER (1998); LOLER (1998) and (HSG 136) Workplace Transport Safety
  • Safe operator practices (Company Mobile Plant Rules if on customer
  • premises), including evasive action/roll-over measures
  • Daily and weekly maintenance schedules
  • Identification of components
  • Daily inspections and fault recording
  • Start-up procedures
  • Factors affecting stability
  • Motive and hydraulic controls/introduction to all controls and gauges
  • Manoeuvring in open and confined spaces
  • Travelling over different types of terrain including inclines
  • Excavation principles
  • Working on stock-piles/side-casting/forming edge protection/forming
  • ramps and work platforms
  • Loading hoppers
  • Loading production machinery/transport vehicles
  • Trenching principles/reinstatement/working with a banksman/weather
  • conditions
  • General levelling and grading
  • Batter formation (where required)

At the end of this course the standard ITSSAR practical and theoretical test where possible will be conducted for the equipment. This is the current recognised and recommended standards practical operators test. Operators are issued with an encapsulated wallet and full sized certificate. Companies are issued with an A4 sized certificate, the trainees' original practical and theoretical test marking sheet, course record and written trainee report where appropriate, as proof of training.

Who is it for?

Novice – first-time operator who has no previous experience of Construction Equipment.

You will need

Candidates will be required to bring the following:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Appropriate safety wear
Your skill level

No previous experience necessary.


What is the performance of the mini-digger like on clay or rocky soil?

In all situations, it is the top layer which needs the most effort from the mini-digger. Once the ground has had the surface removed, it offers little resistance. For instance, as clay soil is denser by nature, it is more difficult to dig it to a great depth, but here too it is the top layer that offers the most resistance. Depending on the type of soil, it will take you more or less time.

Do I need to pay for my training before I do it?

Yes you do, you can pay online when you book your course, or call 0845 872 3411 and pay with a credit card over the phone. Customers with credit terms, please call Training Plus to book your course on 0845 872 3411.

Can you cater for students with special needs?

Yes, but as with all special requirements that differ from the norm, please make us aware of your requirements and we will do our best to provide the appropriate support.

Are there any car parking spaces available?

Yes, there are a lot of FREE car parking spaces available in the area.

What accommodation is available?

There are a variety of hotels and B & B’s in the area. There is a list available to assist you with booking your stay.

Am I going to feel safe during my course participation?

Beside the fact that our staff and the environment of the school will make you feel happy and safe, CCTV is operating in most of the school’s areas.

I’m getting on a bit, is it like going back to school and will I feel out of place?

Not at all. A large percentage of our learners are mature students simply keeping up to date with current standards. Everybody is made to feel welcome in the centre.