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NPORS Micro 360° Excavator up to 1 tonne training – N016

micro digger training

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:

1-10 days dependant on any previous experience

Novice candidate numbers:


Experience Worker Tests per day:



Quick hitch theory

Card options:

5-year NPORS traditional card & certificate; 2-year CSCS trained operator red card

Minimum age:



If required


Bertie Tupper & Tuppco instructors

What is a 360° micro excavator?

The 360°degree micro excavator digger is a powerful piece of machinery used to excavate and move objects in a construction and landscaping environment. The 360°degree range of movement makes excavators ideally suited for different types and stages of work in the industry and it is rare to see a building site without one. This is included in the TUPPCO NPORS Micro 360° Excavator up to 1 tonne training course – N016

What does the TUPPCO NPORS Micro 360° Excavator up to 1 tonne training course include?

  • Learning a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular machine to be used.
  • Being able to locate and identify the major components of the machine and explain their functions.
  • Being able to locate and identify steering, Driving and braking controls and explain their functions.
  • Identifying and maintaining PPE appropriate for excavator use.
  • Conducting all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturers and legislative requirements.
  • Safely mounting and dismounting the machine.
  • Starting and stopping the engine and safely moving the Machine off and stopping it safely.
  • Configuring the machine for travel and manoeuvring it safely across varying terrain in open and confined areas.
  • Conducting all necessary safety checks at the work area
  • Manoeuvring the Machine to the Work area and correctly configuring in readiness to carry out excavating tasks.
  • Carrying out excavating tasks
  • loading material onto transporting vehicles or into containers.
  • Reinstating excavation, grade, and level ground
  • Fitting and removing attachments.
  • Carrying out all end of shift and shut down procedures

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to dig trenches and backfill
  • Varying terrain and slopes
  • Bulk material to load vehicle
  • Vehicle or hopper to load (dumper, trailer)
  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Micro 360° Excavator with digging and grading buckets
  • Operators’ manual
  • 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:

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
  • Excavate a trench and with vertical ends and back fill
  • Trench length: 5 meters long
  • Trench depth: 750mm
  • Trench width: 1 buckets width
  • Form a load out bench appropriate for loading vehicles
  • Load material on to a vehicle/hopper x 2
  • Travel over varying and sloping ground
  • Remove and attach bucket/attachment
  • Excavator parked safely and isolated
  • Pass mark is less than 20 penalty points and no mandatory disqualifications
  • Time allowed is 2 hours 15 minutes

Where are the TUPPCO NPORS Micro 360° Excavator up to 1 tonne 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


Attachments training can be included

Recognised industries:

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

Known as:

Mini digger, Digger, Machine, Excavator, Tracked digger, Wheeled digger, Wheeled 360 excavator, Earthmover, 360° Excavator, 360° digger, Micro digger, Micro Excavator,


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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