We provide a wide selection of Plant Operator courses specialising in providing on-site training. The N016 Micro Excavator course for machines up to 1 Tonne is delivered using a mixture of both classroom based tutorial and practical machine operating, testing and a final course assessment.

Aims and Objectives

To provide the practical skills and the operating safety knowledge necessary to train operators to correctly prepare, safely operate and correctly maintain an Micro Excavator.

Delegate Eligibility – Entry Requirements

This course is designed for candidates of all abilities. We can assist candidates with any learning difficulties or where English may not be their first language, please mention when booking a course.

Course Duration

There are 3 levels of experience

  • Novice: Where full training is required. 3 Candidates: 1 Machine: 1 Instructor: Duration 1-10 days
  • Refresher and Test: Where candidates require refresher training and may need some remedial tuition. 3 Candidates: 1 Machine: 1 Instructor: 1 Day
  • Experienced Worker Test (EWT): This is just testing only 4 Candidates: 1 Machine: 1 Instructor: 1 Day

EWT’s are also applicable for a special combination of tests – as a dumper or similar equipment is required for the test a 3 + 3 Combination is available.
i.e. 3 tests on a Excavator and 3 on a dumper in one day, meaning 3 candidates can be tested on both Excavator and Dumper in one day by the same instructor.

Test timings : Each candidates full practical excavator test must be completed within 2 hours 15 minute duration.

N016 Micro Excavator

Course Content
  • Responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and other relevant legislation and guidelines
  • Pre-operational checks and daily maintenance
  • Manoeuvring
  • Pre-excavating checks
  • Battery care and refueling procedures
  • Mobility and stability factors
  • Safety rules applicable to operating
  • Safe use of attachments
  • Excavating and back filling
  • Evacuate a trench to level and tolerances
  • Formation of a raised bench or creation of a level standing
  • Build a stockpile and safely load a vehicle i.e. dumper or trailer
  • Quick Hitch if required
  • End of shift checks
  • Wheeled
  • Tracked

Additional variation

  • Theory Quick Hitch

If you have any attachments these can be included in the assessment and detailed on the training card (if required).

N016 Micro Excavator

Learning Outcomes
  • Have a basic understanding of the dangers and their responsibilities as an operator
  • Be able to locate and identify the major components and key controls of the machine and explain their functions
  • Conduct all pre-operational checks, identify PPE appropriate for Micro Excavator use and prepare the excavator ready for operation
  • Configure the machine travel and manoeuvre it safely across varying terrain in open and confined open
  • Start and stop the engine and safely move the machine off and stop it safely
  • Operate machinery safely and efficiently
  • Fit and remove attachments
  • Carry out all end of shift and shut down procedures
Certification & Validation

This course can be registered with our awarding body NPORS or accredited by us Kentra Training. We are a registered training provider and our cards are suitable for the HSE and insurances. Registration with NPORS can be with either the standard 5 year traditional card or with a NPORS/CSCS Construction Plant Operator Card.

NPORS/CSCS Construction Plant Operator Card.

New Entrant – No (S)NVQ Held (2 year – Red Card)

Once successfully tested operators who do not hold the requisite Excavator NVQ will be issued with a Trained Operator card valid for 2 years from the date they were tested. During the two year period they will be required to register for and achieve the requisite (S)NVQ.

On successful completion of this process a Competent Operator card will be issued valid for 5 years from the date of application. A CPD record / operator logbook will also be issued.

New Entrant – (S)NVQ Held (5 year – Blue Card)

Once successfully tested operators who do currently hold the requisite (S)NVQ will be issued with a Competent Operator card valid for 5 years from the date they were tested. Operators in receipt of the Competent Operator card will also be issued with a CPD record / operator logbook. This will be an ongoing record of the operators continuous professional development and of their operating hours in the workplace.

Please note that in all cases for a NPORS/CSCS card, operators will have to supply proof that they have passed the CITB health, safety & environmental touch screen test within two years.

So candidates successfully completing this course will receive one of the following:

  • Kentra Training course validation and plastic (credit card size) ID card
  • NPORS traditional registration and plastic ID card N016 Micro Excavator
  • NPORS/CSCS registration and plastic ID card C016 Micro Excavator
    2 year Red card – No NVQ
    5 year Blue card – if you hold a NVQ for Excavations

If NPORS is required we will need to notify them prior to the course, so please mention this when booking.

Our instructor will take the candidates picture on the day of training, which will appear on their ID cards.

N016 Micro Excavator

The technical bit…


According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ‘There are three categories of worker who must be trained and competent regarding the excavator hazards and precautions: Drivers: should be trained, competent and authorised to operate the specific excavator. Training certificates from recognised schemes help demonstrate competence and certificates should be checked for validity; Signallers: should be trained, competent and authorised to direct excavator movements and, where
possible, provided with a protected position from which they can work in safety; and Pedestrians: should be instructed in safe pedestrian routes on site and the procedure for making drivers aware of their presence’

Specifications – requirements for the course
  • Area to dig a trench – Trench length will be determined by the machine weight.
  • Micro Excavator – 5 meters and a trench depth must be minimum of 1 meter.
  • Loading vehicle to be filled to capacity. Minimum of 2 loads from each.
  • A dumper or trailer on site to load into with some spoil from the site.
On-site Course Requirements

You will need:

  • A room for the theory session
  • A safe area for the practical session with use of the Micro Excavator
  • Area to dig a trench as above.
  • An attachment to cover the Quick Hitch, if required on the certificate.
  • Enough spoil/soil to form a raised bench/create level standing.
  • The Instructor is required to see the machine/equipment’s LOLER certificate (if applicable) before commencement of the course.
  • All machines to be in good working order.
  • Candidates will need to know their date of birth and National Insurance number.

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We look forward to helping you with this N016 Micro Excavator course or any of your training needs.

The Kentra Training Team

N016 Micro Excavator

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