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NPORS Forward Tipping Dumper - N204

Mini digger loading a dumper

Who is this course for?

This course is for candidates of all abilities who wish to learn to drive the Forward Tipping Dumper.

Course Aims

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

How long is the course?

Recommended Duration:

Novice: Up to 3 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 dumper up and down a gradient

  • Stop and start on the gradient whilst travelling both up and down hill

  • Operate the dumper over varying terrain

  • Travel through a chicane applying the full steering range in forward and reverse direction (with and without a load)

  • Reverse the dumper in a straight line (minimum 30m) through a restriction (with and without a load)

  • Position the dumper for loading and receive a load

  • Discharge a load over an edge or into an excavation

  • Discharge a load to form a stockpile

  • Place the dumper 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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