KH Plant Training Ltd

A59a & A59ac - Excavator 360

2023 Open course Dates

o    14/08/2023 – 25/08/2023
o    25/09/2023 – 04/10/2023
o    06/11/2023 – 15/11/2023
 A59AC With Lifting Operations 10 day Novice Course

Learners must have passed the Operatives Health, Safety & Environment test within the last 2 years, prior to course start date. 


Course Objective

The objective of this course is to provide delegates with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to safely and competently operate Excavator 360’s (Above and Below 10ton) on site in line with CPCS guidelines.

The CPCS card scheme provides a registration card scheme acknowledged by industry for those involved in plant operations by recognising skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications. The scheme is based on a mix of occupational competence, experience on site and health and safety awareness.

Elements Covered

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and its implications
  • An employer’s legal duties and responsibilities
  • Accident prevention and control including risk assessment
  • The use of PPE
  • The role of machine instructions, policies, and procedures
  • An understanding of component names and their function
  • Start-up procedures including running checks
  • How to prepare the excavator for site and road travel
  • Travelling the excavator over a variety of terrains by means of different wheel drive and steer combinations
  • Confined space operation
  • Excavation including underground excavation
  • Soil and material characteristics
  • Loading vehicles and hoppers,
  • How to backfill, grade, spread, and level different classes of materials
  • How to remove and re-attaching two different buckets
  • How to Putting the excavator in an out-of-service condition
  • Loading and unloading procedures
  • Shutdown procedures



CPCS Theory Test (Verbal – 1 hour)

CPCS Practical Test


A: Tracked

C: Lifting Operations


Successful candidates will obtain a CPCS ‘Construction Plant Competence Scheme’ card on completion, if they don’t currently hold a relevant NVQ they’ll be issued with a CPCS Red Trained Operator card (2 year validity). During the 2 year lifespan of the card candidates will need to work towards the relevant plant operations NVQ that will enable them to upgrade their Blue Competent Operator card (5 year validity).

Entry Requirements:

All candidates must have achieved the relevant CITB HS&E test within 2 years of their booked CPCS test date. It is important that any candidates have a good understanding of spoken and written English, interpreters are available upon request for those who are not fluent in English. All candidates will need to provide their own appropriate PPE for training and testing purposes.

CITB Levy Registered?

If you are registered with the CITB ‘Construction Industry Training Board’ KH Plant Training can help you claim CITB grant automatically on completion. This money is paid direct to you, we’ll simply submit the application on your behalf.


This course will consist of a large element of practical and theoretical tuition. Any delegates undertaking a NOVICE Excavator 360 course will also undertake theory training to prepare them for the Theory Test.

All of our courses are taught by experts with extensive experience in this field and are designed to be enjoyable whilst ensuring that candidates acquire the knowledge and skills required in order to pass the CPCS assessment. Candidates will be issued with a CPCS operator’s card upon successful completion.

At the time of booking onto a Novice course all delegates will be provided with KH Plant Training’s CPCS Study Guides, we encourage all delegates to read these before attending the first day of training.

KH Plant Training have years of experience both in the delivery of plant courses and NVQ’s. 

Contact our team today on 01709 464050 to see how we can help you achieve both your red card and NVQ

Download Course Specification


The following course specification is a publicly available CPCS Learning outcome document for the Specified Course and is provided to give you a thorough understanding of what the specified course entails.