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NPORS 360 Excavator - N202

Western Plant Training

Who is this course for?

This course is for candidates of all abilities who wish to learn to operate the 360 Excavator.

Course Aims

To provide thorough theory and practical training in operating the excavator, to enable the candidate to pass the NPORS theory and practical tests.

How long is the course?

Recommended Duration:

Novice: Up to 10 Days

Refresher (with test): 1 Day

Experienced Worker Test: ½ Day (no training beforehand)

What will I learn on the course?

To pass the test, you must successfully carry out the following activities:


  • Complete all manufacturers pre-start checks

  • Travel the excavator up and down a gradient

  • Operate the excavator over varying terrain

  • Travel through a restriction in a forward and reverse direction

  • Prepare the excavator for the relevant work

  • Produce a trench with vertical ends

  • Form a load out bench appropriate for loading vehicles

  • Load material into a vehicle

  • Change the bucket/attachment

  • Return the work area to the original state

  • Place the excavator in the safe park position

Is there a test?

Candidates will complete a theory and practical test.

Candidates requiring the Traditional NPORS card with the "HS&E Tested" logo on the card must have passed the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Operatives test within two years of the NPORS test date.

Candidates requiring the CSCS NPORS card must also have passed the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Operatives test within two years of the NPORS test date.


There are 2 types of NPORS cards available. Once candidates have passed both the theory and practical tests they will either achieve the 5 year Traditional NPORS Card or the 2 year NPORS CSCS Red Trained Operator Card (requires an NVQ on expiry).

What happens after I complete the course?

The Traditional NPORS Card is valid for 5 years and can be renewed by either an employer signing a renewal form, or by the operative completing refresher training.


The NPORS CSCS Red Trained Operator card is valid for 2 years, once achieved you can upgrade to an NPORS Blue Competent Operator card. To upgrade to a blue card, you must achieve the NVQ in Plant Operations before your red card expires.

For more information, please contact the test centre.

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