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SRUC Training Courses: Excavator 180°

Accrediting Body

Lantra Awards


Our training course is for anyone who uses or will be using a 180° excavator either land-based industries or the construction industry. The course will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge required in order to operate the machine in a safe and confident manner.

These courses vary in duration depending on your level of experience.
Novice operator courses are usually 10 days in duration.
Experienced operator courses are between 2 - 5 days in duration. Refresher courses are delivered in one day.

What is Involved?

Working in the construction industry
Components of 180° degree excavators
Models of operation
Stability of the machine
Accident prevention
Pre-shift checks
Familiarisation with instruments and controls
Starting and stopping the machine
Operating factors
Operating to produce trench 1m deep by 10m long by one bucket width
Driving on the highway and transportation
Operating to produce trench 2m deep by 5m long with battered sides
Operating to form a simply ditch
Operating to produce a straight trench 1m deep by 10m long using sand, lime or marker spray line
Operating to fill a vehicle using the backactor to produce a square hole and fill vehicle
Operating the machine: driving; use of front shovel; use of multi-purpose bucket (if applicable); use of the backactor; changing attachments/buckets
Operating to produce trench 1m deep by 10m long with restrictions
Site safety
Operating to produce a trench with a square manhole
Advanced operation to form a ditch
Possible problems
Advanced operation to clean a ditch

Entry Requirements

Candidates who wish to undertake experienced operator training must be familiar with the operation of equipment

Certification/Award on Completion

Lantra Awards Certificate

What you will need to bring

Appropriate PPE, Passport Photograph

Course Dates

SRUC Elmwood Campus:
8th - 12th July 2019

Further course dates are scheduled on demand. Please contact the campus to register your interest.


variable depending on experience

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


On Customer Premises


Prices for this course will be given on request. Please contact the campus to receive a quotation. Our course fees include training, assessment and registration fees. Please note there is no VAT on our training.


Important update

Individual Training Accounts will open on Monday 13 January 2020.

This phase of the scheme will accept up to 10,000 new applications.

SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

You may be eligible for part funding to support the cost of this course.

Get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA).

You could use the money to build the skills you need for a job. Or get some training to take your career to the next level. Whatever you want to do, there is a wide range of ITA approved courses on offer.
And because it's not a loan you don't have to pay it back.

Sounds good? Start searching for an ITA approved course and apply online.
For further information please visit:

How do I book?

To book a place on one of our courses, please complete and return the course booking form to the appropriate campus address or email address shown below. Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking. Payments can be made over the phone using a debit/credit card, by cheque made payable to SRUC or by Bank Transfer (for bank transfer details please contact your chosen campus).


Cancellations must be made at least 10 working days prior to the course start date otherwise the full course fee is still payable. In the event that SRUC has to cancel a course for any reason your course fees will be refunded in full or your booking transferred to the next available date if this is suitable.

Contact 2

Liz Rioch ( Elmwood)

01334 658842

Contact 3

Ann-Marie Duncan (SRUC Aberdeen)