Course Information

A10 – A12 - Excavator 180 Degrees Wheeled / Tracked


This course teaches safe operation and maintenance of 180 degrees wheeled and tracked excavators. A10 provides training for excavators below 5 tonnes. A12 provides training for excavators above 5 tonnes.

The course is delivered through a combination of classroom-based tutorials and practical training.

Completing the course successfully will entitle you to a CPCS Red Trained Operator Card (upon successful completion of the appropriate CPCS Technical Test).

It is suitable for those who have not received any formal instruction or for those who want to refresh their skills. If you wish to refresh your skills, we offer a short duration course.

Awarding Body


Course structure

Operate the 180° wheeled excavator safely and productively

Fit and operate ancillary equipment

Site the machine safely and efficiently

Carry out minor adjustments and routine servicing procedures

Prepare the machine for travelling on the public highway

Understand the capabilities, purposes and limitations of each machine

Follow all necessary safety precautions

Interpret the information provided by level pegs and profiles

Be aware of the necessary routine adjustments and service procedures, and carry them out

Work to levels with the aid of laser equipment.

Course Elements

Long Duration:
9 days (8 days of training and 1 day of technical tests)

Short Course Duration:
Course for operators with previous experience: 
3 days (2 days of training and 1 day of technical tests).

Entry requirements

Before taking the course you must:
Have passed a CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test no more than two years before attending this course.

Have a good understanding of spoken and written English.

Please contact us if you have any concerns in this area.

*Grants available for eligible employers

£50 per day for training days only
£240 for successful completion of the Practical Test
£60 for successful completion of the Theory Test
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