NPORS Excavator as Crane Course Duration

Novice Operator: 5 days training, maximum 3 candidates.

Refresher: 1 day, maximum 4 candidates.

Experienced Worker Test: 1 day test only, maximum 6 candidates.

Novice Operator as a bolt on Category to Excavator 360: 5 Days training, maximum 4 candidates.

Experienced Worker Test as a bolt on: days, maximum 6 candidates.

Location: Our Instructors can deliver training across London and the South-East.


NPORS Traditional card – valid for 5 years.



NPORS card with CSCS logo – accepted by all major building contractor’s. The initial card is the RED trained operator card which lasts for 2 years and can be upgraded to BLUE competent operator card further to completion of relevant NVQ.

CSCS Health & Safety Test

If you require the NPORS Excavator as a crane operator card with the CSCS logo on then you must have completed the operatives health and safety test within the last two years.

In house certificates: suitable as proof of operator competence accepted for insurance and HSE compliance.

This course is approved for CITB Levy funding. Click the logo to find out more.


NPORS Excavator a Crane Course 

This course is aimed at candidates who require a formal qualification for operating an Excavator as a Crane

NPORS is an approved CSCS Partner Card Scheme, providing evidence that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for safe movement of construction machinery. Furthermore, training criteria is based on the approved standards of the Construction Leadership Council.

Entry Requirements

We offer Novice or Experienced Worker training and assessment. EWT Test are for operators who have received some form of training in the past or alternatively have been operating an Excavator as a crane for some time. If you are unsure if you qualify to go down the test route please contact us to discuss this in more detail.

Candidates that require the 'HS&E TESTED Logo' displayed on their card they must have passed the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment Test within the last 2 years.

There are two parts to the Excavator as a Crane test, a theory section comprised of 25 questions and a practical session, therefore a good understanding of spoken and written English is required.

NPORS Excavator as a Crane Course Content

To provide knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an operator

  • Be able to conform to manufacturers requirements as per technical data, conform to relevant regulations and legislation

  • Be able to locate, identify and explain safe working loads, lifting capacity chart and explain different lifting configurations and working ranges

  • Identify and explain different lifting procedures, explain what task could fall into each category

  • Identify and explain centres of gravity, calculate estimated weights of loads

  • Identify any overhead / proximity hazards

  • Be able to agree the signal codes / hand signals, direction of movement, safe working and safe landing, placement zone with the slinger / signaller

  • Ensure excavator is in a safe condition for attachments to be fitted

  • Checked load integrity and security by carrying out trial lift

  • Be able to lift and move a load to a designated position in a safe and controlled manner ensuring minimum uncontrolled movement

  • Environmental considerations

  • Carry out all of service and securing procedures

Delegates must hold NPORS Excavator 360 (N202) before attending this course. Novice Excavator 360 Operators can add this course as a bolt on category, click here.

The course objectives have been developed on the premise that the suspended loads will be slung by a dedicated, qualified, competent and authorised Slinger/Signaller. Where on occasion the Excavator operator may be required to sling loads they are to transport they too must hold Slinger/Signaller (N402) certification.

Why Book with DTG Training

Excavator training is available 6 days a week to suit your business requirements

Our Instructors are experienced, friendly and approachable.

Our training and assessment packages are competitively priced. 

We can deliver direct to your chosen location.

For further information or questions

If you require any further details or have a question regarding any of our courses, please email us or call 07542 845868