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NPORS Excavation Marshall Banksperson training – N027

Excavation Marshal Banksman N027

Awarding Body:

National Plant Operators Registration Scheme - NPORS

Training course type:

On-site training and assessment, On-site Experience Worker Test (EWT) assessment only

Novice training course duration:

1 day

Novice candidate numbers:


Experience Worker Tests per day:



Excavation Marshall Banksperson

Card options:

5-year NPORS traditional card & certificate

Minimum age:



If required


Tuppco instructors

What is the role of an excavation marshall banksperson?

An excavation marshall banksperson has the knowledge to be able to efficiently and effectively monitor and control the work and movement of mechanical excavators on a work site in accordance with company procedures. This is included in the TUPPCO NPORS Excavation Marshall Banksperson training – N027

What does the TUPPCO NPORS Excavation Marshall Banksperson training course include?

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an excavation marshall – banksperson
  • Have knowledge of the equipment to be used and be conversant with methods statements, risk assessments and permits to work
  • Identify and maintain PPE appropriate for use
  • Conduct all pre-excavating checks
  • Agree communication signal and emergency procedures
  • Safe positioning of excavation marshall banksperson
  • Define and identify the different types of underground services
  • Identify the risks that excavations can present, and people may be affected
  • Conduct all necessary safety checks at the work area
  • Carry out exploratory tasks
  • Identify the risks of excavating near to underground services, and the safe digging practices that should be adopted
  • Carry out all end of shift and safe storage procedures

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to operate machine
  • Excavator
  • Handtools
  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Operators’ manual for lifting machine
  • Risk assessment completed

PPE Requirements:

  • Suitable head protection
  • Suitable eye protection
  • Suitable hearing protection
  • Suitable work clothes including wet weather
  • Gloves
  • Suitable work boots including steel toe protection
  • High Viz

HSE further information:

  • Avoiding danger from overhead power cables guidance GS6
  • Avoiding danger from underground services HSG47
  • PUWER Regulation

Theory assessment:

  • 20 multiple choice questions
  • 5 written questions
  • 4 marks per question
  • 80% pass mark required

Practical assessment criteria:

  • Pre use and operational checks of work area
  • Hand dig zone prior to machine excavating
  • Communication agreed before work starts
  • Signal to machine operator start, stop, position spoil
  • Signal to machine operator shutting procedure
  • Pass mark is less than 20 penalty points and no mandatory disqualifications
  • Training and testing over 1 day

Where are the TUPPCO NPORS Excavation Marshall Banksperson on-site training courses delivered?

Southwest – Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire

Southeast – Oxfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex

Midlands – Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire

East Anglia – Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk

Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bath, Bedford, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Coventry, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Hungerford, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Southampton, Stroud, Swindon, Taunton, Warwick, Winchester, Witney, Worcester, Yeovil

Recognised industries:

Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Construction, Marine, Industrial, Fencing, Landscaping, Civils, Highways, Quarrying, Environmental,

Known as:

Digger, Machine, Slew, 360° slew, Excavator, Tracked digger, Wheeled digger, Wheeled 360 excavator, Earthmover, 360° Excavator, 360° digger, Under 10 tonne machine, Over 10 tonne machine, Micro digger, Micro Excavator, Muck shifter


Hymac, JCB, Komatsu, Kobelco, Kubota, New Holland, Takeuchi, CAT, Bobcat, Volvo, LiuGong, Doosan, Hitachi, Sany, Liebherr, Case


Excavate, dig, load, grade, level, use as a crane, operate attachments, dozer blade,

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