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NPORS Quick hitch awareness training – N726

quick hitch 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 day

Novice candidate numbers:


Experience Worker Tests per day:



Manual quick hitch
Semi-automatic quick hitch
Automatic quick hitch

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 quick hitch?

A quick hitch is a device that is fitted to an excavator, backhoe, telehandler, lift truck for the purpose of rapidly mounting or dismounting attachments. They are also known as ‘quick couplers’. There are a number of different types of. Quick hitches including manual, semi-automatic and automatic. This is included in the TUPPCO NPORS Quick hitch awareness training course – N726.

What does the TUPPCO NPORS Quick hitch awareness training course include?

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as a plant operator
  • Have a working Knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular quick hitch to be used
  • Be able to locate and identify the major components of the Quick Hitch and explain their functions
  • Identify and maintain PPE appropriate for Quick Hitch us
  • Be able to explain the different types of Quick Hitch devices
  • Conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturers and legislative requirements
  • Conduct all necessary Safety checks at the designated change over area
  • Fit and remove attachments safely and efficiently
  • Demonstrate and explain checks for attachment security
  • Carry out all end of shift and shut down procedures

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to operate machinery
  • Machine with quick hitch
  • A range of attachments
  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • 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:

  • 8 written questions
  • 4 marks per question
  • 28 marks to pass

Practical assessment criteria:

  • Pre use and operational checks
  • Attach and discontent attachments
  • Check attachments are coupled correctly
  • Park machine safely

Where are the TUPPCO NPORS Quick hitch awareness 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:

Quick hitch,


JCB, Geith,


Hitching on attachments quickly, efficiently and safely

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